Primadonna by Marina and the Diamonds is the official lead single from her upcoming second studio album Electra Heart slated for release by the end of April 2012.
Her voice sounds amazing in this track. It coos and plays at being adorable one time then goes down to her gravelly lower register. Marina‘s vocals sounds like she’s strutting like a coquette then stomps like a princess who wants to her own way. This play on her vocals actually fits the song as Primadonna, as the title suggests, is about being a primadonna.
Marina comes into the song as her alter ego Electra Heart (also the name of the album). In an interview with Popjustice, Marina explains that “Electra Heart is the antithesis of everything that I stand for. And the point of introducing her and building a whole concept around her is that she stands for the corrupt side of American ideology, and basically that’s the corruption of yourself. My worst fear – that’s anyone’s worst fear – is losing myself and becoming a vacuous person. And that happens a lot when you’re very ambitious.”
Besides the vocals that imbues Primadonna with much personality and character, the song also features a strong uptempo beat produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Diplo. The lyrics also supports the strongly narcissistic Electra Heart alter ego. “I’m a primadonna girl, yeah. All I ever wanted was the world. I can’t help that I need it all. The primadonna life, the rise and fall.”