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It would be impossible not listen to the music 20 year old singer Melanie Martinez creates, and not slip into the world she creates with her delicious, pop-noir. These aren't just songs, constructed of verses, choruses, and bridges. These are dark, fantastical play lands, of sorts. These are dark places, but not exactly sinister. It's more like Halloween or a Tim Burton film. Melanie is curious of the shadows, she likes to play in the dark. So will you.

Sitting down between takes of "Pity Party" and "Soap", from her new album Crybaby, Melanie explains that "the whole point of the album was to take childhood themes and relate it to adult situations. Every single title...is related to childhood. The actual core of the song the dark, gooey, ganache middle of the cake as I like to call it is the honest and adult story or situation."

In performance, Melanie is emotive and dramatic...every bit of her being pours out of her petite figure (her Instagram handle is @littlebodybigheart) in a heroic way. She was born to belt...it's no wonder she killed it on Season Three of The Voice.

She's also got big plans for pop...she wants to be heard and has spent time thinking about her place in the music world. "I don't like a lot of pop music, but I like the idea of pop music. It can be so impactful and honest and real." Can be? With Melanie Martinez now in the mix it already is.

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music, but I like the idea of pop music.
It can be so impactful, and honest, and real.
Right now, pop music is not being used the right way.
There's so much, there's so much stuff that isn't popular and I feel like I just, I just want to talk about stuff that is honest.
Hey girl, open the walls, play with your dolls
We'll be a perfect family
- A lot of pop music now is all about having a good time, and partying, and drinking.
You know, whatever, and, like, getting bitches and stuff.
That's not all there is.
Mom, please wake up Dad's with a slut
and your son is smoking cannabis
- I had people tell me that Dollhouse is super, like, you know, it was, like, helpful for them because it helped them through a tough time with their family.
That is way, way cooler than like, you know, hearing about someone who got real drunk to my songs.
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains
Picture, picture smile for the picture
Pose with your brother won't you be a good sister
- I want people to listen to, you know, something that's, like, honest.
That's what makes me excited about making music.
I'm just happy that I get to play music like that out there, you know, and really happy that people are listening to it, and it's amazing.
Did my invitations disappear
Why'd I put my heart on every cursive letter
Tell me why the hell no one is here
Tell me what to do to make it all feel better
Maybe it's a cruel joke on me
Whatever, whatever
Just means there's way more cake for me
Forever, forever
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to cry, cry
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to cry, cry
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
Maybe if I knew
- The whole point of the album was to take childhood themes and relate it to adult situations.
Maybe if I casted out a spell
But told them decorations were in pastel ribbons
- Every single title is like some sort of, you know, thing relating to childhood and then, the actual core of the song is dark colored, chocolate ganache middle of the cake, as I like to call it.
It's an honest, like, adult story or situation.
Candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to cry, cry
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
I'm laughing, I'm crying
It feels like I'm dying
I'm laughing, I'm crying
It feels like I'm dying
I'm laughing, I'm crying
It feels like I'm dying
I'm dying, I'm dying
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to cry, cry
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
- Pity Party is a song that I wrote about no one showing up for my birthday party, but also about my, like, insecurities, and my fears, and all that.
I think that it's important to, like, realize that there is a dark side, because it's honest.
I mean, like, nothing is perfect, so why pretend, you know.
It's my party, it's it's my party
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to cry, cry, cry, cry, cry
- So, Cry Baby is a character who is based off of myself.
So she kind of represents the, like, darker side of me.
We have a lot in common, but there are also obvious differences in her story.
Think I just remembered something
I think I left the faucet running
Now my words are filling up the tub
Darling, you're just soaking in it
But I know you'll get out the minute
You notice all your fingers pruning up
I'm tired of being careful, tiptoe, trying to keep the water warm
Let me under your skin
Uh oh, there it goes, I said too much, it overflowed
Why do I always spill?
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God, I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God, I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap
- So, in the beginning of the story she is kind of represented as this, like, vulnerable, really emotional, and very insecure girl.
Over time, through experiences, she realizes that there are things that she can't change about herself, and she ends up feeling she's happy with who she is.
She's very comfortable in her own skin, and I think that that's actually how I have changed from the time that I started writing the album to now.
Think I got myself in trouble
So I fill the bath with bubbles
Then I'll put the towels all away
Should've never said the word love
Threw a toaster in the bathtub
I'm sick of all the games I have to play
I'm tired of being careful, tiptoe, trying to keep the water warm
Let me under your skin
Uh oh, there it goes, I said too much, it overflowed
Why do I always spill?
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God, I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap
- Soap is about when you get really close with someone and you want to tell them exactly how you feel, but you are scared of what they're gonna think.
That was like a personal experience, and I feel like a lot of people go through that.
- When I'm singing and closing my eyes, all I'm thinking about is, like, putting myself back in that time.
It makes me feel really good.
I feel like I kind of release all this emotion.
It's like...it's like therapy. Now I gotta wash, wash mouth, mouth with soap
I feel it coming out my throat
Guess I better wash my mouth out with soap
God, I wish I never spoke
Now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap
- Hey, I'm Melanie Martinez and you're watching Baeble Music.

Artist Bio

Melanie Martinez is an unforgettable 20-year-old artist from New York a stunning and provocative singer, songwriter and visual presence. Her debut Atlantic album, Cry Baby, was released on August 14, 2015 and debuted as the "Hot Shot Debut" at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. On May 20, 2014, she released her debut EP Dollhouse, largely collaborating with Kinetics & One Love (B.o.B). The EP debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Her self-conceived and/or self-directed videos for "Dollhouse," "Carousel," "Pity Party," "Soap," and "Sippy Cup" have driven her YouTube Channel to over 50 million views and counting. "Cry Baby" is "a distinctly 21st century twist of pop, spikily honest and occasionally barbed words served up in cinnamon-dusted melodies," declared Noisey, "a swirl of R&B curves, stuttering beats, and ratatat hi-hats." (Martinez) possesses an arrestingly innocent voice that just barely hides its true power," noted SPIN, "the bend-over-backwards ability to go for the jugular." "The juxtaposition of promiscuous parents, complicated love, and substances with carnival pop is haunting," applauded NYLON, but infectious enough to keep you coming back for more...like candy."

In reviewing Melanies New York show on the Cry Baby Tour, The New York Times wrote: "... the songs arent kid stuff. The music...perches prettily tinkling keyboards and concise pop choruses amid the slow, ominous basslines and twitchy percussion of Southern hip-hop a candy-coated variation on the dirges of Lorde and Lana Del Rey."

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