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Music / Melanie Martinez

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"I see things that nobody else sees."

"They call me cry baby, cry baby,
But I don't fucking care."
"Cry Baby"

Melanie Adele Martinez (born April 28, 1995 in New York City, New York) is a former contestant on The Voice and a current singer/songwriter specializing in disturbing electropop. Come spring of 2014, she announced that she had signed with Atlantic Records and would be touring soon.

Her popular single "Pity Party" was praised as "mixing the bright and bubbly with the dark and twisted", a review that turned out to be accurate to her debut album as a whole. Appropriately, another of her songs was featured in a promo for American Horror Story: Freak Show after she contacted FX herself.

Concept Albums Cry-Baby and K12 have their own pages.


  • Dollhouse EP (2014)
  • Cry-Baby (2015)
  • K12 (2019)
  • After School EP (2020)


"Hey, girl, open the walls, play with your tropes":

  • Concept Album: Both of her full-length albums follow Cry Baby's story, and overall, she is a concept artist with most of her work being a Subverted Kids' Show.
  • Grief Song: "Dead To Me" is a twisted example in that it is a Break-Up Song, and a bitter one at that, that acts as a grief song as well.
    My condolences
    I'll shed a tear with your family
    I'll open a bottle up, pour a little bit out in your memory
    I'll be at the wake dressed in all black
    I'll call out your name, but you won't call back
    I'll hand a flower to your mother when I say goodbye
    'Cause baby you're dead to me
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Melanie's singing voice is high and can get into the upper soprano range. Hearing her speaking voice, which is much lower, can be jarring for those that have only hear her sing.
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  • Subverted Kids' Show: Most of Melanie's work uses childish music, visuals, and metaphors while dealing with dark and disturbing adult topics.
  • Uncanny Valley: Deliberately invoked in "Dollhouse", with Melanie's eyes never moving while she sings, and the family characters moving stiffly like dolls.