Marina and the Diamonds

Marina Lambrini Diamandis , known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singersongwriter. Born in Brynmawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she moved to London as a teenager in order to achieve her dream of being a singer, despite little formal musical experience. In 2009, Diamandis came to prominence after being ranked in second place on the Sound of 2010 poll organised by the BBC. Her debut studio album The Family Jewels incorporates indie pop and new wave musical styles. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number five, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, while its second single Hollywood peaked at numberon the UK Singles Chart.

Diamandis was born in Brynmawr in Wales, and grew up in the nearby village of Pandy. She has one older sister, Lafina Diamandis. Their Welsh mother and Greek father met at university in NewcastleuponTyne, and divorced when Marina was four. Following the divorce, her father returned to Greece but would visit on occasion, while Marina lived in a bungalow with her mother, sharing a bedroom with her sister she described her childhood as simple and idyllic, as well as peaceful, very normal, poor.

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