Dominicana-Boricua Melanie Martinez Shows You the Dark Side of Pop

Stephanie Lopez

This is pop singer Melanie Martinez.


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She’s a Dominican-Puerto Rican singer who made a name for herself on season three of The Voice.

She may dress like a doll…


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But she’s not all sunshine and rainbows.


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Just listen to her lyrics.


Martinez found her voice by being on TV.

Martinez was only 17 when she appeared on The Voice. After choosing Team Adam, she developed her confidence throughout the competition, sailing through the battle rounds and knockouts.

She built an audience with her distinctive vocals.

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Martinez’s breathy vocals helped her give songs like “Seven Nation Army” a fresh vibe. By the time Martinez was eliminated – she performed The Show by Australian singer-songwriter Lenka – she had already become a fan favorite.

Then she spread her wings.

After The Voice, Martinez released an EP, Dollhouse, which reaffirmed the child-like style and image she displayed on the show. With lyrics as dramatic as her makeup, Martinez takes listeners on a trip to a twisted Barbie doll’s world.

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She’s got a style all her own.


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Beyond her musical and artistic talents, Melanie has a very unique fashion sense. She dresses like a child – bright, loud colors – but she’s got a dark side.

Martinez says it isn’t an act.

?#35mm? ?: @milesnasta

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Martinez says what you see is what you get. “Everything in my life is based on my childhood. I dress like a 5-year-old and I eat like a 5-year-old,” the singer told Newsday.

Her upbringing shaped her sound and lyrics.

throwww back to when i was an even tinier person. ?????

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Martinez says her dad’s love for music exposed her to everything from The Beatles to The Notorious B.I.G. Her lyrics are a reflection of a complicated childhood and her struggles in high school.

She’s also got an eye for photography.

#35mm ?

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Melanie might not be the queen of selfies, but she has turned her passion for photography into a part-time profession. In 9th grade she was paid do some portraits and conceptual work. Later on she was hired as a wedding photographer. She is art all around.

Two years ago, she began spreading her message across the country.

In 2013, Martinez announced her Dollhouse tour and took her music – along with lots of teddy bears, ice cream cones and cupcakes – to major cities in the US. Along with songs from her EP, Martinez showed off her chops by performing covers of songs like “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé.

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And then she went even more dark.

In 2014, Melanie released her second video, “Carousel” a visual mix of innocence and darkness showed she was venturing beyond the “pop” label. It only made sense that the song was featured in a preview for FX’s miniseries, American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Martinez knows what it’s like to party alone.

Two months after tuning 20, Melanie celebrated her birthday “alone” with the release of “Pity Party,” a song about that pit that forms in your stomach when no one show up to your party.

She’ll shed a few tears on her new album.

??CRYBABY?? ??????? ?August 14th ? Official album cover taken by @lissyellelaricchia ????

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Martinez’s debut album is titled Cry Baby, and true to form, she’s got song titles like “Sippy Cup,” “Milk and Cookies,” and “Training Wheels.”

Can’t see her live? No llores.

?☁️photo taken by@elmakias ☁️? @dolleyesny bonnet and top???

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Martinez’s Cry Baby tour is scheduled to start August 26 in Charlotte, NC and will stop in 31 + cities across the US and Canada. If you dig Melanie but won’t be able to make it to any of her concerts (or even if you are) you can always get your hands on the Cry Baby’s necklaces, t-shits and CDs on pre-order now.

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10 Ways Latina Daughters Get the Short End of the Stick


10 Ways Latina Daughters Get the Short End of the Stick

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If you ask Latino parents whether they love their sons more than their daughters, they will deny, deny, deny. But it’s not even a contest. Sons are OBVIOUSLY favored in Latino households — just check out all these proofs of injustices when growing up la niña de la casa.

Curfew is Always a Battle

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Stole this but SO ACCURATE. #growinguphispanic

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Dad finally gives you a decent curfew, but that doesn’t stop him from calling to check in two hours before. Meanwhile, your younger brother gets home at 3 a.m. and it’s cool “porque es hombre y se sabe cuidar.” Ugh!

Chores are a Daughter’s Ticket to Freedom


How many times has anyone heard a mom say this to her son?

Being Sexy Might as Well be a Sin


Let’s be real, girls are NOT the only ones taking sexy selfies, but they are the only ones getting called “a sinvergüenza” for it.

Dating? Forget about It


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It’s cool for sons to have one girlfriend after another, but daughters can’t begin dating until they’ve turned 30. Even then, it’s at the novio’s own risk.

Every Date Starts as a Rapid Fire 21 Questions with Dad

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To get permission to go on a date, daughter’s will need to answer SO MANY of dad’s questions: full name, where his family’s from, what kind of car insurance he has, where he works, etc. All brother has to say is “al rato llego” and done.

Drinking is Not for Ladies

Boys start drinking when they’re old enough to hold a bottle because “eso es lo que hacen los hombres.” On the flip side, girls are to behave like ladies and never, ever, ever touch a drink. If they do, they might as well check themselves into rehab.

You Can Only Go Out if You’re Chaperoned

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Boys gets dad’s car, credit card y un “que te vaya bien.” Girls get mom, tía and abuela as chaperones on their romantic-no-more date.

READ: Those Chanclas aren’t Just Made for Walking

Sex? Yeah Right

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Sons are warned to not get a girl pregnant. Daughters are warned not to have sex before getting married…and when they do, it’s just to produce coveted grandchildren.

Women and Sports Don’t Mix

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Sons are tough and daughters are fragile…no way she could kick ass. But has dad not seen Ronda in action?

READ: Proof Venezuelan MMA Powerhouse Ronda Rousey is More than a Kick-Ass Fighter

Girls Have to Grow Up


Somehow, a Latino son will never grow up in mami’s eyes. Whether he’s 14 or 34, he will always be her bebé. Latina daughters on the other hand, learn to take care of themselves and “el bebé.”

How did your parents favor your brothers? mitú wants to know. Leave us a note below!

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