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Singer Melanie Martinez discusses new single ‘Pity Party’ (Includes interview)

Regarding her new single “Pity Party,” she said, “This was during my second session with Kara DioGuardi. It was awesome to write that song because I love music from the 50s and 60s. When I was singing, Kara said my voice reminded her of Judy Garland and artists from that time. I really wanted to write about no one showing up to my birthday party and the song is perfect inspiration for this theme. I love samples, especially older songs because they can put a fresh new take on an old song. So we were really inspired by that and we sampled it for the first line of the chorus and that is how ‘Pity Party’ came about.”

Martinez directed the song’s music video by herself, which was a “fun” experience for her, especially since she was the only on in the video. “I had the chance to work on my acting skills; acting a little crazy, putting my hands into cake, and ripping up teddy bears. The concept of the music video is that it’s a part of the story for my album, Cry Baby. Every single song connects to each other and this song was a turning point in the story when no one shows up to her party and she shifts personalities a little,” she elaborated.

The song hit No. 16 on iTunes Alternative Chart. “It was very cool! I was not expecting it but people were very supportive. I was worried about what my fans would think of it because is more pop than the other songs I have put out but I’m happy that they understood the concept and they care about the story and the meaning behind it. It is something that I always think about and work on,” she said.

She shared that the new album is coming out in August. “I would like to be able to make videos for every song on the album. It would definitely help tell the story of the album because the visual is very important to me,” she said.

On the song selection for her full length album, she said, “There were songs that I definitely wanted on the album and there were a few songs that were very similar, so it depends on the concept and if one concept was stronger than the other. I didn’t really care if it was catchy. I pieced it together from beginning to end making sure it all fit together and told the story of the girl, Cry Baby’s life.”

She concluded, “I love my fans and I’m super excited to put this album out for them because I’ve been working on this for so long, I hope they like it! I’m really grateful for all their support because without them I wouldn’t be able to do any of this.”

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 18,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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