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Melanie Adele Martinez[1] is an American singer, songwriter, screenwriter, director, actress and photographer of Puerto-Rican and Dominican origin.

She first auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam, where her popularity rapidly grew within fans. Within the fifth week, she was eliminated which subsequently led to her beginning independent work on original material.

Early Life

Melanie was born in Astoria, Queens and raised in Baldwin, New York. At the age of 3, she realized that she enjoyed singing. She taught herself how to play guitar a year later as a four-year-old since her parents couldn't afford guitar lessons for her. She became a songwriter at 9 and a guitar player at age 14.

As a sophomore in high school, she won the Baldwin Senior High School Talent Show. She began writing songs and releasing them onto YouTube, the oldest ones being Hey Alice, Go On Away, and Smoke. She also covered many songs, such as The One That Got Away by Katy Perry, before joining The Voice.

Career

2012: Career Beginnings and The Voice

Melanie Martinez appeared on The Voice during season 3. She sang Toxic by Britney Spears for her Blind Audition and turned three chairs: Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton. Melanie chose Adam Levine as her coach and then moved on to the battle rounds. She competed against Caitlin Michele with the song Lights by Ellie Goulding. Adam chose Melanie, who moved on to the knockout rounds.

During the knockout rounds, Melanie was paired with Sam James, and she chose to sing Bulletproof by La Roux. Again, Adam chose her, who moved on to the live rounds. She chose to sing Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles for the first week of the live rounds. The public vote did not save her, but Adam picked her to keep on his team. She went on to the second week of the live rounds, where she sang Cough Syrup by Young The Giant. This time, the public vote did save her, so she moved on to week three with Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. Seven Nation Army was in the top ten on iTunes, so Martinez got her iTunes votes multiplied by ten. Martinez got to move on to the fourth week of the live rounds, where her song was Too Close by Alex Clare. Again, the song moved into the top ten on iTunes, so she had her iTunes votes multiplied by ten. Melanie then moved into week 5, which is the top 6.

Starting in week 5, singers of The Voice have to sing two songs, one picked by them, and another picked by their coach. For those songs, Melanie picked Crazy by Gnarls Barkley and Adam picked The Show by Lenka for her. Neither of her songs appeared in the top ten on iTunes, resulting in Melanie being eliminated.

2014-15: Dollhouse and American Horror Story

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After being eliminated in the Top 6 on The Voice, Melanie began to work independently on original material. On April 7th, 2014, she announced that she signed on Atlantic Records and that she would go on tour. She released a new hit single titled Dollhouse on February 9th, 2014, along with a music video. The song was said to be about a family that looks perfect from the outside but has many problems going on in the inside. Soon after, she released her debut extended play (EP) Dollhouse on May 19th, 2014 which included the singles Dollhouse and Carousel, which later received a music video in October of that year. Dead to Me and Bittersweet Tragedy were also featured on the EP. The EP is mostly about a relationship that doesn't work out, excluding Dollhouse.

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When the American Horror Story trailer was released, Melanie's song Carousel was featured in it. This helped Carousel become popular, and Melanie released a music video for it, which was released on October 15th, 2014.

2015-2016: Cry Baby

Melanie released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, 2015. It was made available to pre-order on July 24th.

Cry baby cover

The lead single, Pity Party, was released on June 1st, 2015. The second single, Soap, was released on July 10th, 2015. The third single, Sippy Cup, was released on July 31st, 2015. Cry Baby was released on August 14th, 2015, to critical acclaim.[2][3][4] The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200. She released a special Christmas single, titled Gingerbread Man on December 23rd, 2015. The music video of her song Cry Baby was released on March 14th, 2016. Melanie said she planned on making music videos for every song on the standard edition of the album, all of which ended up being released by December 2017.

2016-2019: K-12 and feature film

K-12

Melanie released her sophomore album, K-12, accompanied by a full-length film of the same name, on September 6th, 2019. It had previously been made available to pre-order on July 23rd.

Melanie began recording the album in 2015 and finished in 2017, with producer Michael Keenan confirming that it was completed in January of 2018. On April 13th and May 17th, 2016, she posted two different photos on Instagram with lyrics in both captions. These songs, which were later revealed to be High School Sweethearts and Lunchbox Friends respectively, were confirmed to be on the album by Melanie herself, although she had stated then that they would not come out for a while.

In an interview in March of 2017, Melanie confirmed that she would be working on a film to tell the story of her sophomore album. It is described as a surrealist dark comedy musical.[5] Melanie worked on the hair, costumes, direction, and editing. The movie was filmed in Europe from beginning in October and ending in December of 2018.

On May 15th, 2019, a teaser trailer was released, revealing the album and film's titles to be K-12. Within the next two weeks, she released two more teasers. Alongside the third teaser, she announced that the album and film would be released on September 6th, 2019.[6]

On June 17th, 2019, a preview featuring clips of the movie and a snippet of a new song was premiered at the MTV Movie Awards. She began promoting the album with assignments on June 24th, 2019. The film's official trailer was released along with the album tracklist and pre-order on July 23rd, 2019. It was also announced that the film would be shown in theaters on September 5th, a day before the official release. Melanie attended the film's Los Angeles premiere on September 3rd, 2019.

2020-present: After School

In an interview with V Magazine, Melanie stated that she would release songs that were in-line with K-12, but were "more personal and more vulnerable".

When the K-12 Tour began, fans began to speculate that Melanie would be releasing an EP because the image displayed on the video screen during Fire Drill would show a pink composition notebook with the words "After School" written on the front.[7]

During the concert at O2 City Hall in Newcastle, Melanie announced that Fire Drill would be officially released at some point in 2020. It was later confirmed through Melanie's Instagram story that the song would be a track on her new extended play (EP), After School. On February 10th, 2020, Melanie released a single from After School titled Copy Cat, featuring American rapper Tierra Whack.

Personal Life

Melanie's earliest memory was her third birthday when her parents hired a "sketchy" Barney for her birthday party. However, due to how "sketchy" it was, she stated it was her "worst birthday party ever". She has been afraid of the dark ever since she was a child. Her hair is naturally brown, and she began experimenting with different colors when she was sixteen, after watching One Hundred and One Dalmatians and going off on her own despite not being allowed to.[8] Melanie only changes the color of the right side of her hair, always leaving the left side black. 

Melanie is very shy. She is known to smoke marijuana to calm her nerves and reduce her anxiety before shows. She also stated that she drinks occasionally.[9] She recently said that she found other alternatives to calm her anxiety.

On July 21st, 2018, Melanie came out as bisexual through her Instagram story.[10]

Relationships

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Melanie with her boyfriend, Oliver Tree.

Melanie's first boyfriend was Vinnie DiCarlo and later Jared Dylan who has produced two of her songs in 2013, Edwin Zabala who portrayed the brother in Dollhouse, Miles Nasta who was her drummer and Michael Keenan who has produced many of her songs. On October 28th, 2019, Melanie and Oliver Tree both posted a set of four photos; one of which showed the two kissing, implying that they are dating.

Tattoos

Main Article: Melanie Martinez/Tattoos

Hair Colors

Main Article: Melanie Martinez/Hair Colors

Controversies

  • Melanie has been accused of rape by her ex-friend Timothy Heller.[11] Melanie claims that Timothy "never said no to what [they] chose to do together" and says that her statements are "false".[12]
    • After Timothy accused Melanie of rape, one of Melanie's former friends Madeleine Carina also made a statement claiming that Melanie had pressured her into having sex.[13] The truthfulness of her accusation is unknown at the moment, as Melanie has never publicly addressed the tweet.

Gallery

Main Article: Melanie Martinez/Gallery

Videos

Main Article: Music Videos

Trivia

  • Melanie's height is 5'2", which is around 1.57 meters.
  • Melanie's zodiac sign is Taurus.
    • She once posted her astrology chart on Instagram; however, the post has since been deleted.
  • Melanie's first word was 'mine' when her father snatched a Push Pop out of her hand.
  • When Melanie was younger, her favorite show was Ren & Stimpy.
  • Melanie's first celebrity crush was Dylan Sprouse.[14]
  • Melanie is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent but she does not know much Spanish.
  • Melanie still has two baby teeth.
  • Melanie has really vivid dreams.
  • Melanie has stitches on her chin and hand.
  • Melanie is allergic to red apples.
  • Melanie hates vegetables.
  • Melanie hates Dominican cake.
  • Melanie eats at least five chocolate chip cookies a day.
  • Melanie says that she always needs some sort of chocolate after every meal.
  • Melanie's apartment looked like a baby nursery.
    • At the moment, Melanie lives in a house with baby pink walls, a few of her vintage toys are displayed all around, and she has a heart-shaped pool.
  • Melanie's favorite holiday is Christmas.
  • Melanie's favorite milk flavor is chocolate.
  • Melanie is obsessed with American Horror Story.
    • Her favorite character from the show is Dandy.
  • Melanie has mentioned that she is a fan of the Netflix TV show Stranger Things.[15]
    • Her favorite character from the show is Eleven.
  • Melanie's favorite book is Go Ask Alice.[15]
  • Melanie's favorite movie is the 1988 film Alice, directed by Jan Švankmajer,[16] which also inspired the Cry Baby music video.[17]
  • Melanie's favorite Tim Burton film is Edward Scissorhands.[16]
  • Melanie's favorite visual artists are Mark Ryden and Nicoletta Ceccoli.
  • Melanie loves amusement parks and roller coasters.
    • She has been to Disneyland.
  • Melanie loves Play-Doh.
  • Melanie's lucky numbers are five and three.
    • The number 222 is also very special to her, as she has a tattoo of it on her right bicep.
  • Melanie has at least 38 or 39 tattoos.
    • Her favorite tattoo is the one she got in honor of her deceased rabbit, Whinnie.
  • Melanie once dyed Whinnie's fur.
  • Melanie collects toys from the fifties and sixties.
  • Melanie is obsessed with vintage Garbage Pail Kids cards, Animal Rummy cards, and Valentine's Day cards from the fifties.
  • Melanie claims to be really good at doing hair and makeup, but says that she is terrible at nails.
  • Melanie claims she can't really cook.
  • Melanie can shoot chocolate milk through the gap between her two front teeth.
    • She can also stick Swedish Fish in her gap.
  • Melanie's dad, Jose Martinez, tours with her.
  • During the Dollhouse Tour, Melanie had three items stolen from her.
  • Melanie's pre-show ritual is crying and fitting a "million" chocolate chip cookies into her mouth before getting on stage.
  • Melanie almost never performs with shoes on and tends to wear lacy socks, however, she has worn boots to perform at festivals.
  • When Melanie is alone, she blasts Muddy Waters' music and makes up dances to every song.
  • Melanie's shoes are never tied.
  • Melanie always loses her phone.
  • Melanie has stated that she stumbles or trips at least eight times a day.
  • Melanie isn't afraid of anything except for the dark and bees.
  • In the past, Melanie said that she didn't own a pair of jeans or sweatpants; however, this is no longer true.
  • Melanie often wears her 'Crybaby' necklace.
  • Melanie previously owned a Vine account, however, she wasn't active on it.
  • Melanie's favorite songs from Cry Baby and K-12 are Mrs. Potato Head and Nurse's Office respectively.
  • Melanie thinks that the video for Mrs. Potato Head was the hardest to film and write.
  • Melanie said if she were not a singer/songwriter, she would like to be a tattoo artist, however, she has said that probably wouldn't work out because she's a klutz.
    • In an interview from September of 2019, however, she instead stated that she would be a poet.[16]
  • Melanie wants to collaborate with The Weeknd.[18]
  • When asked what song by another artist she had wished she wrote, Melanie chose Teen Idle by MARINA, stating, "I think Marina's a brilliant songwriter. There's this one song she has called Teen Idle, it's just perfect. The lyrics are perfect. The melodies are insane."[14]
  • Melanie has donated to the Trevor Project, an LGBT+ suicide prevention non-profit organization.[19]

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt0vgP--wUg
  2. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/talib-kweli-nada-surf-melanie-martinez-music-reviews/story?id=33161734
  3. http://www.spin.com/2015/11/spin-pop-report-melanie-martinez-astr-borns-leon-troye-sivan-alexx-mack/
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/arts/music/review-melanie-martinez-performs-cry-baby-and-other-songs-from-her-debut-album.html?_r=0
  5. Melinstastorie11
  6. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByDWlQTAa1R/
  7. After School EP
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbjyK8q433U
  9. https://www.billboard.com/articles/videos/interviews/6685879/melanie-martinez-cry-baby-role-model-the-voice
  10. Bisexual
  11. https://twitter.com/timethyheller/status/937817806216691713
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20171215073238/https://twitter.com/MelanieLBBH
  13. Madeleinestatement
  14. 14.0 14.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoq_YyZRQEE
  15. 15.0 15.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGA3K23H1rg
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vuT8mpxWk
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7CH3MjizbQ
  18. http://www.theroguemag.com/features/melaniemartinez
  19. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/#
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