<strong>Marina Lambrini Diamandis</strong> (Greek: Μαρίνα-Λαμπρινή Διαμάντη, pronounced /diːəˈmændi/ dee-a-man-dis, born October 10, 1985 in Abergavenny, Wales, United Kingdom), better known by her stage name Marina And The Diamonds, is a Greek-Welsh singer. Despite the name, she is a solo act, the &quot;Diamonds&quot; being a reference to her fans. Her eponymous name consists of Diamandis' first name and the translation of her surname, which means &quot;Diamonds&quot; in Greek. Diamandis released her first single (a double A-side single <em><a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; the Diamonds - Obsessions/Mowgli's Road" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2Bthe%2BDiamonds/Obsessions%252FMowgli%2527s%2BRoad" class="bbcode_album">Obsessions/Mowgli's Road</a></em>) through Neon Gold Records on Valentine's Day, 2009, closely followed by <em><a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; the Diamonds - The Crown Jewels EP" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2Bthe%2BDiamonds/The+Crown+Jewels+EP" class="bbcode_album">The Crown Jewels EP</a></em> in June 2009. Now signed to 679 Recordings, Her first single with the label was <a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds &ndash; Mowgli's Road" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/_/Mowgli%27s+Road" class="bbcode_track">Mowgli's Road</a>, released in November 2009. In January 2010 she reached #2 on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll list. This was followed by the release of her debut full-length studio album, <em><a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds - The Family Jewels" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/The+Family+Jewels" class="bbcode_album">The Family Jewels</a></em>, in February 22 2010, and her debut American release, <em><a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; the Diamonds - The American Jewels EP" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2Bthe%2BDiamonds/The+American+Jewels+EP" class="bbcode_album">The American Jewels EP</a></em> on May 25 2010. <em>The Family Jewels</em> peaked at #5 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified Silver in the United Kingdom days before its release. <a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds &ndash; Hollywood" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/_/Hollywood" class="bbcode_track">Hollywood</a> was released as the lead single from the album on February 1 2010, followed by a re-release of <a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds &ndash; I Am Not a Robot" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/_/I+Am+Not+a+Robot" class="bbcode_track">I Am Not a Robot</a> on April 26 2010. Diamandis said she decided to re-release the song because &quot;people seem to empathize and relate with the song, regardless of gender or age.&quot; <a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds &ndash; Oh No!" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/_/Oh+No%21" class="bbcode_track">Oh No!</a> was the next single to be released from <em>The Family Jewels</em> on August 2 2010, and <a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds &ndash; Shampain" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/_/Shampain" class="bbcode_track">Shampain</a> follows on October 11 2010, to coincide with her biggest UK and Ireland tour to date. <a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds &ndash; Radioactive" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/_/Radioactive" class="bbcode_track">Radioactive</a> was released as the first single from Marina's second album, <em><a target='_blank' title="Marina &amp; The Diamonds - Electra Heart" href="http://www.last.fm/music/Marina%2B%2526%2BThe%2BDiamonds/Electra+Heart" class="bbcode_album">Electra Heart</a></em>. The single premiered on BBC Radio 1 on August 22, 2011 and will be released on October 3, 2011. (<a target='_blank' href="http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=23832" rel="nofollow">Radioactive Songfacts</a>). Diamandis' musical style ranges from keyboard-based ballads to more uptempo new wave-style songs with full band backing. She has cited a wide range of influences such as <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Daniel+Johnston" class="bbcode_artist">Daniel Johnston</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Blondie" class="bbcode_artist">Blondie</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Patti+Smith" class="bbcode_artist">Patti Smith</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Nirvana" class="bbcode_artist">Nirvana</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/PJ+Harvey" class="bbcode_artist">PJ Harvey</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Elliott+Smith" class="bbcode_artist">Elliott Smith</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Dolly+Parton" class="bbcode_artist">Dolly Parton</a>, and <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Madonna" class="bbcode_artist">Madonna</a>. <a target='_blank' href="http://www.marinaandthediamonds.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.marinaandthediamonds.com</a> <a target='_blank' href="http://www.facebook.com/marinaandthediamonds" rel="nofollow">www.facebook.com/marinaandthediamonds</a> <a target='_blank' href="http://www.twitter.com/marinasdiamonds" rel="nofollow">www.twitter.com/marinasdiamonds</a> <a target='_blank' href="http://www.myspace.com/marinaandthediamonds" rel="nofollow">www.myspace.com/marinaandthediamonds</a> User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.