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"Cry Baby", sometimes stylized as "Crybaby" is the debut studio album by Melanie Martinez. It was released on August 14, 2015 by Atlantic Records through digital download, CD, cassette and vinyl. The album debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart, placing a spot at #6 with 40,000 total copies sold in its first week. It also topped the Billboard Alternative albums chart by dominating at #1. The album was also certified platinum by the RIAA on February 24, 2017.[1]

Background

Melanie began recording for an unreleased EP shortly after leaving The Voice. The EP was completed around 2013 and was ready to be released but she later scrapped it after recording her song "Dollhouse" which led her to change her sound and start working on a new album.

In January 2014, she confirmed the name of the album.[2] In May 2014, Melanie put out her debut EP, Dollhouse, and announced that summer that she hoped to have her album out around October. When October came, Melanie released the music video for "Carousel" and postponed her release date for her album, and stated that she hoped to have it out in the spring of 2015. The first single from her debut album was "Pity Party" and was confirmed on May 27, 2015. The music video was accidentally leaked by Melanie herself on May 29, 2015 but she later tweeted that she was happy and excited for the fans who had already seen it and promised there was "more to come" during her live stream on June 1, 2015. It was officially released on the day of the live stream.

During the live stream, Melanie announced that the release date of Cry Baby would be in August. She also revealed that it would be available to pre-order soon. The second single, "Soap", was confirmed in late June and it was announced soon before it was to be released on July 10, 2015. The one-shot music video came out the same day. On July 16, 2015, the album art and release date were leaked on Amazon, although the release date was false. The next day, on July 17, 2015, the album art was officially revealed and merch bundles were available to pre-order on Melanie's website, with the digital pre-order on July 24, 2015. Before then, the tracklist of the album was leaked, although the websites that leaked it replaced "Play Date" with "Half Hearted". The final tracklist was officially revealed with the album pre-order on July 24, 2015.

Starting on July 27, 2015, Melanie released a snippet of each song (apart from the songs on the deluxe edition) on her Instagram. On July 28, 2015, Melanie released the snippet for "Sippy Cup" and announced that it would be released on July 31. On July 30, 2015, SPIN Magazine premiered the video and "Sippy Cup" was released the day after. The album was released on August 14, 2015. The CD was packaged as a storybook, with jewel case CDs available later. Both a picture disk and a standard black vinyl were also released. Cassettes were then advertised as being in yellow, blue, and pink. There is also a less common green cassette. All physical copies of the album are the standard explicit, with the deluxe and clean being digital exclusives.

Cry Baby's Extra Clutter, an EP on vinyl with the albums 3 deluxe tracks and Christmas single "Gingerbread Man" was released as an Urban Outfitters exclusive on November 25, 2016. The Cry Baby Coloring Book was released at Barnes & Noble a few days later on November 29, 2016.

Story

This album tells the story of Cry Baby, a fictionalised version of Melanie Martinez and a representation of her vulnerable and messed-up side. Melanie claims that many of the things that have happened to Cry Baby are similar to the things that have happened in her own life,[3] mixed in with fantasy elements. Each song on the tracklist is titled something childhood related, while the actual message being crossed to the listener carries more adult-like themes and problems.

The storybook available in the pre-order bundle features rhymes and illustrations based on the album, written by Melanie herself, and the illustrations were drawn by her ex-friend Chloe Tersigni.

Primary Characters

Secondary Characters

Tertiary Characters

Unknown Characters

Locations

Tracklist

There are 13 tracks on the CD with 3 additional for the deluxe version. More than 40 songs were intended for Cry Baby but more than half of them did not make the final cut. In an interview with TheKnockTurnal, Melanie revealed that she would love to have included more songs on the album but "[she] can’t put 30 songs on [an] album".[4]

There is both an explicit version of the album and a clean version.

  • * indicates the song has both an explicit and a clean version.
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Cry Baby"* Melanie Martinez, Jeremy Dussolliet, Tim Sommers Kinetics & One Love 3:59
2. "Dollhouse" Martinez, Dussolliet, Sommers Kinetics & One Love 3:51
3. "Sippy Cup"* Martinez, Dussolliet, Sommers Kinetics & One Love 3:15
4. "Carousel" Martinez, Dussolliet, Sommers Kinetics & One Love 3:50
5. "Alphabet Boy"* Martinez, Dussolliet, Sommers Kinetics & One Love 4:13
6. "Soap" Martinez, Emily Warren, Kyle Shearer Shearer, Daniel Weber 3:29
7. "Training Wheels"* Martinez, Scott Hoffman Babydaddy 3:25
8. "Pity Party" Martinez, CJ Baran, Kara DioGuardi Baran 3:24
9. "Tag, You're It" Martinez, Scott Harris, Rick Markowitz SmarterChild, Michael Miller 3:09
10. "Milk and Cookies"* Martinez, Dussolliet, Markowitz SmarterChild, Michael Keenan 3:26
11. "Pacify Her" Martinez, Chloe Angelides, Keenan Keenan 3:40
12. "Mrs. Potato Head" Martinez, Dussolliet, Sommers Kinetics & One Love 3:37
13. "Mad Hatter" Martinez, Dussolliet, Bryan Fryzel, Aaron Kleinstub Frequency, Aalias 3:21
Deluxe Version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
14. "Play Date"* Martinez, Jennifer Decilveo Keenan, Decilveo 2:59
15. "Teddy Bear"* Martinez, Phoebe Ryan, Felix Snow Snow 4:05
16. "Cake" Martinez, Baran, DioGuardi Baran 3:19

Cut Songs

Main article: List of Unreleased Songs

Melanie had recorded many songs between 2013 and 2015 with the intention of including them on this album. This list is of known songs which didn't make the final cut.

Key

  • Bold typing indicates that the song has been fully leaked online or officially released.
  • Italic typing indicates that the song was never released and has yet to leak fully online.

List

Music Videos

No. Title Release Date Length
1. Cry Baby March 14, 2016 6:06
2. Dollhouse February 9, 2014 4:25
3. Sippy Cup July 31, 2015 3:21
4. Carousel October 15, 2014 3:50
5. Alphabet Boy June 2, 2016 4:20
6. Soap November 18, 2015 4:24
7. Training Wheels November 18, 2015 3:49
8. Pity Party June 1, 2015 3:39
9. Tag, You're It August 23, 2016 3:14
10. Milk and Cookies August 23, 2016 3:30
11. Pacify Her November 15, 2016 3:45
12. Mrs. Potato Head December 1, 2016 5:32
13. Mad Hatter September 23, 2017 4:38

Digital Booklet

Trivia

  • Before deciding on the Cry Baby album title, album titles that were also considered were Animal Crackers, Toy Chest and Coloring Book.[5]
  • Melanie's favorite song on the album is Mrs. Potato Head.[6]
  • Alphabet Boy is the longest song on this album, both on the deluxe and standard version, with the song length at 4 minutes and 13 seconds. Tag, You're It is the shortest song on the standard version of the album, lasting for 3 minutes and 9 seconds. Play Date is overall the shortest song on the deluxe version of the album, at 2 minutes and 59 seconds long.
  • All songs on the standard album have been certified gold by RIAA. Two songs from the deluxe edition, Cake and Play Date, have also been certified gold, making Teddy Bear the only song on the album that is not certified.
  • In some of the physical storybooks, there is a spelling mistake with the word "vulnerable" on the page for Tag, You're It. It is misspelt as "vunerable".
  • Later in 2016, Hot Topic released a special pink/white exclusive vinyl.
  • There are three different vinyl records of this album.
  • The album has surpassed 1.2 billion streams on Spotify.
    • The deluxe version of this album has gathered over 2.4 billion streams on Spotify alone.
  • The album cover was taken by Lissy Laricchia.
  • In an interview with the TikTok Summer Songwriting Academy, Melanie stated that she 'wanted Cry Baby to have a film attached to it' along the lines of how K-12 was made.
  • As of December 3, 2020, Martinez set most of the official audios on YouTube as "unlisted", those audios being Cry Baby, Soap, Pacify Her, Mad Hatter, Dollhouse, Sippy Cup, Carousel, and Pity Party.
    • All the other official audios are still up on Melanie's YouTube channel, including the official audios for Play Date, Teddy Bear, and Cake.

Gallery

References

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Featured Tracks Cry BabyDollhouseSippy CupCarouselAlphabet BoySoapTraining WheelsPity PartyTag, You're ItMilk and CookiesPacify HerMrs. Potato HeadMad Hatter
Bonus Tracks Play DateTeddy BearCake
Characters Cry BabyJohnnyAlphabet BoyBig Bad WolfMomDadBrotherLittle GirlBeth AnneMistressCashierBlonde GirlBlue BoyBunny DoctorMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurseRushton Dolls
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital
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