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Melanie Martinez’ Sends Anti-Bullying Message via New Album ‘K-12’

Melanie Martinez in K-12

If you aren’t familiar with Melanie Martinez, now might be a good time.

The Dominican and Puerto Rican singer just released her sophomore album K-12, a follow up of the plot she has already created for her previous album, Cry Baby. Martinez first rose to fame as a participant on The Voice in 2012 and has since then signed with Atlantic Records. Her talents have gone above and beyond making music; for the K-12 film version, Martinez sang, acted, and directed the entire project.

In an interview with People Magazine, Martinez says K-12 sought to “display school as a condensed version of life” while addressing bullying as one of its main themes.

“I want to help kids understand where [bullying] comes from,” she says. “I like to create music and art that make people heal.”

K-12 is only a stepping stone for Melanie Martinez’ career thus far. The sheer success of integrating a story line with the entire album has already prompted Martinez to prep for another sequel. And that’s going to be fine with us, as long as we don’t have to wait for another four years (my waiting has begun!).

And yes, in case you were wondering, live music may be coming to a city near you:

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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