Abramorama to Release Melanie Martinez’s Feature Film “K-12” in September

Melanie Martinez is going back to school…

Abramorama has come aboard to release K-12, a full-length feature film based on the 24-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican-American singer-songwriter and former The Voice contestant’s latest album of the same name that hits shelves September 6. 

Melanie Martinez

The Atlantic Recordsalbum, Martinez’s follow-up to her 2015 platinum debut Cry Baby, serves as a soundtrack companion to the musical film, which is written, directed and stars Martinez. 

K-12 will premiere in Los Angeles on September 3 and in New York on September 5, the same night it will be shown as a one-night-only global event in theaters worldwide. 

In K-12 the movie, Martinez stars as Cry Baby, a strong and sensitive girl who is sent off to a disturbing sleepaway school hidden underneath a grandiose façade. 

Martinez Releasing New Fragrance, Cry Baby Perfume Milk

Melanie Martinez is proving that (perfume) milk, it does a body good…

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer and songwriter has launched her own perfume.

Melanie Martinez

Martinez’s Cry Baby album inspired her to concoct a fragrance for her fans, aptly titled Cry Baby Perfume Milk.

“The idea for this perfume has been cultivating in my brain since the moment I finished writing my album,” she said in an exclusive statement to Billboard.

Cry Baby Perfume Milk is a blend of sugary and spicy scents, with burnt caramel and woods combining for what she describes as a “nostalgic and sweet” smell.

It may seem a bit strange to think about spraying milk on your body, but the perfume’s name is simply a reflection of the bottle’s shape. Going along with Melanie’s “warped childhood aesthetic,” the fragrance comes in a vintage baby bottle, twist-off rubber top and all. While the perfume itself actually does look like milk, it sprays on clear.

Adding to the uniqueness of the perfume, it’s the first fragrance to be directly distributed by a record label (Melanie is signed with Atlantic Records). Melanie called the perfume creation process “magical,” but Nina Webb, VP of Marketing for Atlantic, said adding something like this to an artist’s repertoire is just as beneficial as it is exciting. “To be able to work with an artist like Melanie who has built such a loyal and passionate fan base is always the ultimate dream in artist development,” she told Billboard via email. “Melanie’s fans love and trust what she delivers, so we were excited to bring her vision to life.”

Cry Baby Perfume Milk will be available in the continental US and sold online at crybabybottle.com beginning December 19, but you can pre-order the fragrance now.

Martinez Eliminated on NBC’s “The Voice”

Melanie Martinez’s journey on The Voice has come to an end…

During Tuesday night’s double elimination on the live results show, the quirky 17-year-old Latina singer was sent packing after failing to garner enough votes to reach the final four on NBC’s hit reality singing competition.

Melanie Martinez

Martinez’s elimination, along with her fellow Team Adam member, Amanda Brown leaves only two coaches to vie for the winning title, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green.

“I’m just happy I got to express who I am as an artist and touch people’s hearts,” said Martinez of transforming top hits into her own while on the show. “That was the ultimate goal.”

But before bidding adieu to the show, Martinez teamed up with Team Cee Lo’s Nicholas David to perform an impressive cover of Fiona Apple‘s “Criminal” per the unsolicited song suggestions that Christina Aguilera gave Martinez after her performance on Monday night.

The contestants still left in the competition in clude:

Terry McDermott (Team Blake)
Trevin Hunte (Team Cee Lo)
Cassadee Pope (Team Blake)
Nicholas David (Team Cee Lo)

With Martinez’s exit, no Latino artists are left standing in the competition.

Bryan Keith Has His “Moment” on NBC’s “The Voice”

It’s Bryan Keith’s moment to shine on NBC’s The Voice

During Monday night’s “Top 12” performances, the 23-year-old Latino singer/songwriter and Team Adam member had his “breakout” moment while performing Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.”

Bryan Keith

Hernandez – the son of Latin jazz and salsa singer Ray De La Paz, who was a member of the Grammy-winning band Spanish Harlem Orchestra – received major kudos from the Voice coaches.

“Bryan, I think you just took the lead for Team Adam,” said Blake Shelton. “That was really good, congratulations. Solid!”

Christina Aguilera complimented him on his “cool, modern day raspy [Frank] Sinatra thing,” while his coach called his performance a “moment.”

“You definitely had that kind of break-out thing just happen, that really showed everybody how incredible you are,” said Adam Levine. “This was your day and this was your moment to show to kind of show America what was happening.”

But Hernandez wasn’t the only Team Adam member to impress the judges…

Melanie Martinez, who started her performance seated on the floor before bolting up to end her song with gusto, looked uniquely chic in her black and white striped dress.

The 17-year-old Latina singer performed Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup” and earned raves from the judges for her uniqueness.

“I’ve never heard you project as much as you did on that one,” said Shelton. “And I enjoyed it ‘cause there’s a quality to your voice that I just found out that, no matter what range you’re singing in, it’s always there.”

Aguilera called it her “most emotional” performance, while Martinez’s coach said she has something that’s all her own.

“There’s only one Melanie in this competition,” said Levine. “You’re spectacular and you’re the only one like you in this competition.”

Meanwhile, Aguilera’s two Latino contestants still left in the competition did not disappoint…

Dez Duron performed a jazz-induced version of Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” a la Lauryn Hill.

 

“I thought that performance was impeccable; I thought that it was wonderful through and through,” declared Cee Lo Green of the 22-year-old Latino singer. “[Christina’s] absolutely right in saying that you are the total package. You’ve got so much charisma, so much control and you’ve got such natural appeal, sexual appeal.

Levine complimented Duron on finding his voice with a song that was “decisively you,” while his coach asked the audience and America one simple question about her “old soul crooner with a modern twist”:

“How can you guys not love this guy?” asked Aguilera, adding, “When you get on there stage, I really notice there’s a certain… there’s no other way to describe it other than just a true star quality feel that you do have. ” “Old soul crooner voice with a modern twist”

But Duron wasn’t the only Team Xtina member to bring their A-game.

Adriana Louise, shining bright like a star in her gold sequined dress, performance a sassy and raspy rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl.”

“You looked beautiful tonight. I thought you sounded as great as ever and just continuing to improve,” said Green, adding, “Regardless of tempo, song or styling, you always seem very committed and convicted to what you’re singing. And I can appreciate that.”

Shelton and Levine both applauded Adriana for adeptly taking on Underwood’s song.

“ I am so happy that you did a country song, and Carrie Underwood song,” said sole country coach Shelton. “And I think you made it your own and I appreciate that.”

Aguilera called Adriana’s performance “so playful and so cute” and talked about how easy she made performing that song looked.

“You don’t get it on the radio how hard that is to execute live, but it’s really hard,” said Aguilera. “Even this, like all those runs in between, to execute that so perfectly is really hard you guys… “The best is yet to come from you. And, if you make it through to the next round, America I won’t disappoint you with Adriana, she is a firecracker!”

“The Voice” Contestant Duron Breezes Into the Top 12

Dez Duron is feelin’ America’s love on NBC’s The Voice

Dez Duron

Following his impressive rendition of Hunter Hayes‘ No. 1 country song “Wanted” in the second installment of the show’s Playoff Rounds on Wednesday night, the 22-year-old Latino heartthrob was declared safe after receiving enough votes from the public to advance to the Top 12.

Duron and Sylvia Yacoub got the most public votes on Christina Aguilera’s team.

And when it came down to picking who else to send on to the Top 12, Aguilera had to choose between Latina singer Adriana Louise, Devyn Deloera and De’borah.

“Don’t let anyone or anyone’s opinion define who you are,” said Aguilera before revealing deciding to keep Adriana Louise.

Meanwhile, Team Adam member Bryan Keith Hernandez advanced to the next round after being one of the top two vote-getters, while  Melanie Martinez had to rely on her mentor to advance to the Top 12.

“No one is better than the other, I don’t believe that,” said Adam Levine before choosing Martinez over fellow Latina Joselyn Rivera and Loren Allred.

But Diego Val wouldn’t be so lucky… Cee-Lo Green opted to send Cody Belew on to the next round and send home Val and Mackenzie Berg.

And it was the end of the road for mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo. The member of Blake Shelton‘s was among the three at the bottom of the pack, but Blake Shelton decided to send Michaela Page forward instead of Castillo and Liz Davis.

Martinez’s “Bulletproof” Performance Moves Her Forward on “The Voice”

“Melanie Martinez proves to be bulletproof on The Voice

During Monday night’s episode of NBC’s singing competition, which featured the start of the new Knockout Round, the 17-year-old Latina singer battled against her fellow Team Adam member Sam James.

Melanie Martinez

After a “shaky rehearsal,” Martinez performed a toned down version of La Roux’s “Bulletproof,” while James took on Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”

Voice coach Blake Shelton complimented both singers, saying they have “something special,” but picked Sam as the winner.

But fellow coach Christina Aguilera disagreed.

“Melanie, when you open your mouth and you sing, it’s almost haunting,” professed Aguilera. “And it really invites you into this special world that only you are capable of creating.”

In the end, Adam Levine, who believed Martinez’s nerves made her performance more breathy than normal, picked the two-tone-haired singer to advance to The Voice’s live shows.

“Melanie has this really unique voice that I feel like no one has ever heard before,” he said after making his announcement. “She can go really, really far in this competition.

And a relieved Martinez is ready to make more music.

“I’m just so incredibly thankful for this opportunity,” said Martinez. “I’m so happy that I get to show America what I can do during lives.”

Martinez Advances to Next Round on “The Voice”

The lights continue to shine bright for The Voice’s Melanie Martinez

During Tuesday night’s battle round on NBC’s hit singing competition, the adorable 17-year-old high school student and photographer faced a tough challenge from her teammate Caitlin Michele.

Melanie Martinez

Team Adam’s indie darlings tackled Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights,” turning the showy song into a poignant ballad. Despite Michele being a more seasoned performer, Martinez managed to hold her own, even changing up the song’s melody enough to make the song her own.

“It was probably the prettiest and most moving performance I think of the whole day because it wasn’t overdone,” declared The Voice mentor Christina Aguilera, adding. “There is no right and wrong choice.”

Melanie Martinez vs. Caitlin Michele

Fellow mentor Blake Shelton couldn’t pick a winner either, while Cee Lo Green gave a slight edge to the gap-toothed teenager with the two-tone hair and quirky style.

“It was a beautiful song. And, it was enchanted,” professed Green. “Something about the way that you end things Melanie. That breath is so sweet and it’s sad.”

In the end, Adam Levine, who said the pair couldn’t have impressed him more, decided to follow his gut, picking Martinez.

“I am so excited,” gushed Martinez. “Oh my God!”

She now moves on to The Voice’s Knockout Round.

Martinez Wows the Coaches on NBC’s “The Voice”

Holy Tambourine! Melanie Martinez has serious talent… And, she’s managed to impress some all-star musicians.

The 17-year-old gap-toothed Latina singer charmed the pants off of three of the four coaches on NBC’s The Voice during Monday night’s blind auditions episode. Following her 90-minute audition—where she sang a jazz-tinged, folk-like version of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic,” even playing the tamboroune with her feet while strumming her guitar—only Christina Aguilera refrained from turning her chair.

Melanie Martinez

“I was hearing a unique artist that doesn’t sound like anybody else. And then I turn around and see you. And you don’t look like anybody else I’ve ever seen and you’re up there, you’re playing the tambourine with your damn feet while you’re playing the guitar and you’re singing so amazing,” cooed coach Blake Shelton. “I just think that… I think that you’re a star.”

After hearing from Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green, Martinez picked the Maroon 5 front man to serve as her mentor on the show.

“I ultimately want to go with someone who will let me express my creativity and someone who will let me be me,” said Martinez after picking Levine as her mentor.

Martinez even saw her jazz-tinged, folk-like version of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” hit the Top 10 on iTunes‘ alternative chart Tuesday.

“It was absolutely crazy,” she told Newsday Tuesday. “I did not expect that at all. I’m really just so grateful. It’s really surreal. I just can’t believe this is happening.”

Martinez admits it was hard keeping her involvement on The Voice a secret from her classmates at Baldwin High School in Long Island, and she’ll have to be home-schooled for her senior year to participate in the singing competition.

Martinez, who is also a talented photographer, impressed the judges with her voice and her delivery, especially playing a tambourine with her feet, while playing her acoustic guitar.

“You’re amazing,” Levine said while comparing her to Björk.