July 31, 2012 9:16

Marina Diamandis: 'It really annoys me when I'm compared to Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey'

Singer also reveals she was aiming for 'goth Britney Spears' with her new LP 'Electra Heart'

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Marina And The Diamonds' Marina Diamandis has said that she finds it "really annoying" when she is compared to the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey.

The singer, who released her second album 'Electra Heart' earlier this year, told The Sun that she could name at "least 30 artists" that she had been compared to and that she "can't wait for a time I can just be classed as myself".

Asked if she minded being compared to other artists, Diamandis said: "I would be totally lying if I said it didn’t. It really annoys me. I feel like it's more an extreme case for me than other artists. When you're unknown you get it as it helps people to understand what you sound like. I could draw up a list of about 30 artists who I apparently sound like."

She continued: "From Lady Gaga, to Katy Perry to Lana Del Rey. I don't know if it's because I'm versatile or because production affects how people judge music. I can't wait for a time I can just be classed as myself."

The singer also spoke about her aims for the sound of 'Electra Heart' and said that she had hoped to become a "goth Britney Spears" on her second LP.

Asked about the transition from her debut album 'The Family Jewels' to 'Electra Heart', the singer said: "I didn't feel a need to change but it's a lot more electronic. The blueprint was a goth Britney Spears. I wanted to make a dark bubblegum pop album. The first song I wrote was called 'Living Dead' and the rest is a steady progression from there. The direction you go in isn’t really calculated, it just happens — it's still pop."

'Electra Heart' is the follow-up to 2010's LP 'The Family Jewels' and includes a string of collaborations, including the likes of Diplo (Rolo Tomassi/MIA), Stargate (Rihanna/Chris Brown) and Guy Sigsworth (Bjork/Frou Frou).

You can watch a new video interview with Marina Diamandis by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking. She tours the UK in October.

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