Welcome to Melanie Martinez’s Glorious “Pity Party”
The Voice just picked up another Primetime Emmy this week, and while critics and audiences love it, the biggest dig at the show has always been its failure to launch a successful music career. To that, I channel my inner heel-turn Willy Wonka and say, “Good day, sir!” Did anyone get that reference? I hope so. Anyway, Melanie Martinez’s career got a nice boost a few years back by appearing on that show, but ever since, she’s carved a niche in the industry and the recent release of her debut album Cry Baby is clearly going to keep her around long after Blake and Adam retire their chair turns for good. Oh, and that’s all I’m going to say about The Voice.
Right out of the gate, her long-awaited Cry Baby LP scored on the Billboard 200 (#6) and came in at #5 at the Top Albums chart. It also placed #1 on iTunes Top Alternative Albums via its hefty dose of pre-orders. Numbers, while impressive, aside, there’s there’s been this buzz around the Long Island native for two years now since she released The Dollhouse EP
(it helped her song “Carousel” was in the trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show – and her debut full-length album has already gotten love from everyone from New York Newsday to SPIN. But, enough. Let’s get to the performances she did once again for A-Sides earlier this month, and an exclusive interview she did for A-Sides over the summer. Watch the talent instead of me talking more about it. I could go into her unique style, looks, and everything else, but just watch it. It’s all just so evidently there. Oh, and catch her on the road, will you?
A-Sides “Delve Into Twelve” Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the “Delve Into Twelve” based on the following contributing factors: songs I’m playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released — think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I’ve noticed on my friends’ Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jon Chattman’s music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds and Bastille.