MELANIE MARTINEZ UNVEILS “THE CRY BABY TOUR”

MELANIE MARTINEZ UNVEILS “THE CRY BABY TOUR”

US HEADLINE TREK BEGINS AUGUST 26TH IN CHARLOTTE, NC

WIDE-RANGING ITINERARY HERALDS UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM

FIRST SINGLE, “PITY PARTY,” AVAILABLE NOW

COMPELLING VIDEO – DIRECTED BY MARTINEZ – STREAMING NOW

“SOAP” AND “SIPPY CUP” TO DEBUT IN JULY

ALBUM PRE-ORDERS GET UNDERWAY JULY 24TH,

WITH ALL FOUR RELEASED TRACKS AS INSTANT GRAT DOWNLOADS

“CRY BABY” ARRIVES EVERYWHERE ON AUGUST 14TH

Atlantic recording artist Melanie Martinez has announced details of her upcoming fall tour. “The Cry Baby Tour” gets underway August 26th at Charlotte, NC’s Amo’s Southend and then travels the US through mid-October (see attached itinerary).   The upcoming live schedule celebrates the release of Martinez’s anticipated debut album. “CRY BABY” – which follows the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s 2014 breakthrough, “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” – arrives everywhere on August 14th.

“CRY BABY” has already been preceded by the album’s first single, “Pity Party.” The track has received immediate praise, with Idolator hailing it as “genuinely quirky, undeniably catchy” with a “gloriously demented chorus.” In addition, the “Pity Party” companion video – directed by Martinez herself – has drawn nearly 2 million views and counting at her official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/Melmartinezx3.

“SOAP” – another “CRY BABY” highlight – will be available on July 10th. “CRY BABY” pre-orders will get underway with “Carousel,” “Pity Party,” “Dollhouse,” and “Soap” all available as instant grat downloads on July 24th. “SIPPY CUP,” the fourth instant grat track will follow on July 31st.

Released in May 2014, “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” is highlighted by the hit singles, “Carousel” and “Dollhouse.” The compelling “Dollhouse” companion video – conceived, co-directed, and co-produced by Martinez – has proven an online phenomenon, with individual views now exceeding 19 million at www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcVv9R1ZR84. “Carousel,” matched the success of its predecessor, reaching the top 10 on the iTunes Stores “Top Alternative Songs” chart after soundtracking the first extended trailer for FX Networks’ hugely popular American Horror Story: Freak Show. In addition, the haunting “Carousel” companion video – filmed on Martinez’s native Long Island, NY – is a YouTube favorite with more than 7.5 million views at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAB5AC9yhY0.

Martinez and “THE DOLLHOUSE EP” earned an array of ecstatic critical notices, with Newsday’s Glenn Gamboa praising her “as an American version of Lorde… an 18-year-old writing songs for and about teenagers in an authentic, memorable way.” “‘Dollhouse’ is the kind of song made exactly for the type of girl that Martinez herself is,” raved NYLON, “and shows a maturity that appeals to continuously growing following of strong young female performers such as Demi Lovato and Lorde.” “(Martinez) sings about a picture-perfect family that is much more troubled under the surface,” declared Us Weekly, noting that Martinez – a former contestant on NBC’s smash reality singing competition series, The Voice – “might be the show’s first real breakout star.”

For more, please visit melaniemartinezmusic.com, twitter.com/MelanieLBBH, www.facebook.com/melaniemartinezmusic, instagram.com/littlebodybigheart, and www.atlanticrecords.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY ATTACHED)

MELANIE MARTINEZ

THE CRY BABY TOUR – FALL 2015

AUGUST

26                    Charlotte, NC                          Amos’ Southend

27                    Nashville, TN                           High Watt

29                    Atlanta, GA                              Vinyl

30                    Orlando, FL                             The Social

SEPTEMBER

1                      Raleigh, NC                             Lincoln Hall

2                      Freehold, NJ                            Gamechanger World

3                      Boston, MA                             Sinclair

9                      Philadelphia, PA                      World Café

10                    Hamden, CT                            College Street Music Hall

11                    New York, NY                          Highline Ballroom

13                    Washington, DC                      U Street Music Hall

14                    Cleveland, OH                         House of Blues – Cambridge Room

15                    Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE

16                    Columbus, OH                         A&R Club

18                    Detroit, MI                              Shelter

20                    Chicago, IL                              Lincoln Hall

21                    Minneapolis, MN                    Triple Rock Social Club

28                    Los Angeles, CA                       The Troubadour

29                    Santa Cruz, CA                        The Catalyst

30                    San Francisco, CA                    Great American Music Hall

OCTOBER

3                      Portland, OR                           Hawthorne Theatre

4                      Seattle, WA                             Crocodile Café

6                      Denver, CO                             Larimer Lounge

7                      Denver, CO                             Larimer Lounge

9                      Kansas City, MO                      Record Bar

10                    St. Louis, MO                           Off Broadway

12                    Dallas, TX                                House of Blues – Cambridge Room

15                    New Orleans, LA                     House of Blues – Cambridge Room

16                    Birmingham, AL                      Saturn

18                    Greensboro, NC                      Blind Tiger

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SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg : A child runs pass burning tires during the xenophic violence, on 17 April 2015 in Jeppestown area of central Johannesburg. Twelve people were arrested overnight as anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa spread to parts of downtown Johannesburg, police said. According to local reports, the protesters from a local hostel demanded foreign nationals leave South Africa, setting cars alight and clashing with police.  AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN                        

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