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post Feb 5 2019, 01:34 PM
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Marina has announced her new single Handmade Heaven so let's look back at her Top 5 biggest songs
05 February 2019 | By Rob Copsey

Before we get new Marina music, we celebrate the best of what came before...

Marina and the Diamonds is making her long awaited return this week with her new single, called Handmade Heaven.

Now just going by Marina - a decision she says doesn't have a big reason behind it and that "it just felt natural and right to me" - it's the singer-songwriter's first headline release in four years following two collaborations with Clean Bandit.

To celebrate her proper return, she recently posted a clip of her evolution as an artist, looking back over ten years since her first release:

When it comes to Marina's music, expecting the unexpected is the norm, and going by her recent posts on Twitter, she's got a few surprises in store for her next collection. "When people hear the first song they'll probably think 'Oh, I think I know what this album is gonna sound like'," she said. "But they have noooooo idea".

When it comes to chart success, Marina has been pretty consistent on the Official Albums Chart, where all three of her records have peaked inside the Top 10, including 2012's chart-topping Electra Heart. But what about her singles? Let's count down her Top 5 biggest.

5. How To Be A Heartbreaker
"Rule Number 1 is that you've got to have fun..." goes the first of Marina's instructions on how to be an A-grade player. It was the third and final single from her Electra Heart album (added to the tracklist after the record's release) and missed the Top 40, peaking at 88, but ranks as her fifth biggest track to date with 95,000 combined sales.

4. I Am Not A Robot
A fan favourite from her debut album Family Jewels, I Am Not A Robot is Marina at her quirkiest but also her most vulnerable. At the time, she said the song was "me singing to myself. It's me saying, stop being so ridiculous, you can't let having a fear of failing hold you back and you're just one person." The single became her second Top 40 single at 26 and has shifted 132,000 combined sales.

3. Baby (with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi)
Marina snuck in her name change on last year's Clean Bandit/Luis Fonsi collaboration, a latin guitar-flecked number that sets the tone for her upcoming, radio-ready pop. It's her third biggest single with 207,000 combined sales, powered by 16 million streams.

2. Hollywood
A whopping great chorus, sharp lyrics about being "obsessed with the mess that's America" and the best use of a cod-American 'Oh my GAWD!' since Janice in Friends, Hollywood is quintessential Marina and is one of her best performing singles, peaking at 12 and with combined sales to date of 211,000.

1. Primadonna
The lead from her Electra Heart album saw Marina take on the female archetype of drama queen, the result a part Mean Girls, part Kate Bush pop monster. It narrowly missed the Top 10 (just 545 sales away on its first week!) but remains her biggest single overall with 334,000 combined sales.
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post Feb 5 2019, 02:02 PM
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I'm really surprised to see her #88 smash 'Heartbreaker' having nearly 100,000!

I really desperately want her to finally get the level of success she truly deserves this time around. I know the likelihood is slim though, but she's truly great.
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post Feb 5 2019, 02:06 PM
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'Hollywood' is still a great track and it's 9 years ago this week since it entered the charts. However I always think Marina never quite lived up to the promise that she showed back then.
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A top FIVE, we are not worthy of such success
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does anyone have her UK album sales?

I found this on wiki but not sure if accurate:

THE FAMILY JEWELS 195K
ELECTRA HEART 100K
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post Feb 5 2019, 02:47 PM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Feb 5 2019, 02:27 PM) *
does anyone have her UK album sales?

I found this on wiki but not sure if accurate:

THE FAMILY JEWELS 195K
ELECTRA HEART 100K


Those are from when Froot was out, I think they're on around 220k/120k each now,
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post Feb 5 2019, 02:56 PM
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'Radioactive' rightfully absent cheer.gif
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post Feb 5 2019, 03:20 PM
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How To Be A Heartbreaker feels so much more iconic now than when it first came out. It's kind of bizarre to think it flopped at the time, looking back now it feels like a Top 20.
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QUOTE(andeeeeyhart @ Feb 5 2019, 03:20 PM) *
How To Be A Heartbreaker feels so much more iconic now than when it first came out. It's kind of bizarre to think it flopped at the time, looking back now it feels like a Top 20.


I remember at the time there was a huge cock-up with its release that contributed towards it doing as badly as it did, although it also seemed like Radio 1 had dumped her at that point too.
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I wish 'I'm a ruin' was on the list! It should've been a much bigger hit. Haunting vocals and a really atmospheric video.
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So her clean bandit "flop" almost her number 2 best selling, probably will be soon.

HTBAH suprisisngly low as it feels like her second most known after Primadonna
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Ugh, her top 5 sellers really don't represent her best work at all. Like not even close. sad.gif
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How to be a Heartbreaker coming in 5th wow. That deserved better in the charts as well as P&C, which didn't make the top 100 sad.gif
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QUOTE(Bré @ Feb 5 2019, 02:56 PM) *
'Radioactive' rightfully absent cheer.gif


One of my favourite pop tracks ever! Formulaic but done so brilliantly.
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QUOTE(Danny89 @ Feb 7 2019, 01:40 AM) *
I wish 'I'm a ruin' was on the list! It should've been a much bigger hit. Haunting vocals and a really atmospheric video.


Yes both that and Froot should be firmly inside her top 5.
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I have so much love for this woman and I love all these songs. I know this is based on sales but I’d struggle to pick a top 20 of my faves, there are that many.

Are You Satisfied?, Shampain, I Am Not A Robot, Mowgli’s Road, Obsessions, Hollywood, Oh No!, Rootless, Primadonna, Lies, Starting Role, Power & Control, Teen Idle, Valley Of The Dolls, Fear and Loathing, Radioactive, Happy, Froot, I’m A Ruin, Blue, Better Than That and Savages are all personal highlights for me. Outstanding moments.
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