Elektra recording artist Marina And The Diamonds has unveiled the next series of North American dates on her ongoing “Lonely Hearts Club” headline tour. The dates – which see support from Charli XCX –get underway May 2nd at The Showbox at the Market in Seattle and then continue through a major New York City concert at the world famous Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield on May 29th (see attached itinerary). For complete details, please visit www.marinaandthediamonds.com/live.htm.
The “Lonely Hearts Club Tour” celebrates Marina’s extraordinary second album, “ELECTRA HEART,” which earned critical approbation and international chart success upon its release last year. The new dates follow a number of epic world tours in recent months, including a sold out North American summer headline tour and an array of North American and European stadium/arena dates supporting Coldplay.
A chart-topping phenomenon in her native UK, “ELECTRA HEART” finds Marina collaborating with a handpicked group of superstar songwriters and producers, including Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj), Rick Nowels (Cee Lo Green, Lykke Li), Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps, Lana Del Rey), Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Kelly Clarkson) and Diplo (Beyoncé, M.I.A.). Songs like “Primadonna” and “How To Be A Heartbreaker” see Marina truly reaching her full potential as an outstanding songwriting talent and dazzling pop performer, an uncompromising spirit who singlehandedly fashions the ideas for her artwork, videos, website content and striking live performances.
The album – which was written and recorded in London and Los Angeles – received global approval upon its release earlier this year. BBC Music praised its balance of “the ironic and the heartfelt, the quirky and the mainstream, the real and the fake with remarkable aplomb,” while Entertainment Weekly declared that Marina “rivals Katy Perry for catchy hooks, commands with the swagger of Gwen Stefani, and even comes close to the ethereal vocal exhilaration of Florence Welch.”
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Charli XCX is quickly proving an unqualified phenomenon, earning immediate applause for such angel-pop smashes as “You’re The One” and “I Love It (Feat. Charli XCX),” her internationally successful collaboration with Big Beat recording duo Icona Pop. The upcoming tour – which follows a string of sold out U.S. headline shows as well as dates supporting both Santigold and Coldplay – herald the British-born singer/songwriter’s hugely anticipated debut album, set for release later this year.
In the meantime, Charli XCX recently unleashed her electrifying new single, “You (Ha Ha Ha),” with a companion video directed by award-winning filmmaker Ryan Andrews. The track (along with a range of exclusive remixes by such dancefloor notables as BURNS, Goldroom, Melé, and MS MR.) will be officially released in late February – please see www.charlixcxmusic.com for up to the minute news and information.
Charli XCX made an immediate splash with a series of increasingly acclaimed singles, including “Nuclear Seasons” and “Stay Away,” which Pitchfork hailed as “a slow-burning kiss-off of a pop song with low-lying synths, industrial textures, and a whole lot of shadowy atmosphere.” “You’re The One” received ever greater accolades upon its 2012 release, with Billboard praising “its frisky beats, Euro-pop synths, and vaguely Middle Eastern melodies” while also naming Charli to its “21 Under 21: Ones To Watch 2012” ranking. Charli also appeared in a range of year-end packages, including 2012 wrap-ups and 2013 predictions. Rolling Stone declared her to be one of the year’s “Hottest Synthpop Acts,” while Stereogum included Charli on their influential “40 Best New Bands of 2012” tally, noting that “her voice floats above slickly catchy electroscapes, showing an admirably tough vulnerability.” “You’re The One” was among Billboard’s “20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics’ Picks.” As if that weren’t enough, Time named Charli’s upcoming debut album as one of their “11 Albums To Look Forward To In 2013,” writing that “at only 20 years old, the vaguely goth Charli XCX (nee Charlotte Aitchison) has a vocal maturity that outshines many more seasoned singers, crafting songs that are alternately gorgeous, anthemic, throbbing and occasionally weird, with soaring vocals and swelling choruses that sweep you up in their melodies.”
Furthermore, Charli XCX has released a pair of creative and compelling mixtapes, including the recent “SUPER ULTRA,” highlighted by the viral hit, “Cloud Aura (Feat. Brooke Candy).” Pitchfork decreed the track – produced by J£ZUS MILLION – to be “a weird one,” in large part thanks to the appearance of “rapper” and tumblr meta-meme Brooke Candy. “SUPER ULTRA” is available now as a free download to fans signing up at Charli’s official website, charlixcxmusic.com, while the “Cloud Aura” companion video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/7LJOg-yLWbI.
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
“THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB TOUR” – NORTH AMERICA 2013
All Dates w/Special Guest CHARLI XCX Except *
2 Seattle, WA The Showbox at the Market
3 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
4 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
7 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
9 Las Vegas, NV The Pool @ Blvd Social Club *
10 San Diego, CA House of Blues
11 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre LA Live
13 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
14 Denver, CO The Gothic Theatre
16 Kansas City, MO Granada
17 St Louis, MO The Pageant
19 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity
20 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
22 Detroit, MI Saint Andrew’s Hall
23 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
24 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
28 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
29 New York, NY Central Park SummerStage @ Rumsey Playfield