Maria Mena is out with the music video to her new single ‘Viktoria’, the title track off the Norwegian pop artist’s fifth studio album, out now on Columbia Records/Sony Music. Watch it via YouTube below.
Several Norwegian pop artists are commenting on the horrific events that occurred in the country on Friday, where a gunman went on a two-hour rampage on Utoya Island that left at least 80 people dead, which followed a mid-afternoon bombing in Oslo. Among the messages left on Twitter:
Sondre Lerche (@SondreLerche): No end to the sadness I feel for what happened in my country today. Passing on your good spirits to all who lost their loved ones.
Please let’s try and not let these horrific acts of hate weaken our ideals. Let’s stick together #utoya #oslo
Marion Raven (@marionraven): Everything is ok with both me, Andreas and our families! OSLO IN MY HEART!!!
My love and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragic events in my lovely country, Norway. My heart is broken.
Marit Larsen (@larsenmarit): Horrendous events in Oslo today. Can’t stop watching the news. Devastated, but safe.
Kate Havnevik (@katehavnevik): Big bomb blast in Oslo!
Thomas Dybdahl (@thomasdybdahl): Terrible news and pictures from London, our thoughts are with you …
Maria Mena (@mariamena_no): My heart is breaking. at least 80 people killed !! -how, why?! #utøya there are no words.
I’m devastated! i love my country and my heart breaks for everyone involved and
affected by last night’s tragic bombing and shooting in Oslo and at Utøya. please take good care of each other! ? maria.
Ida Maria (@idamaria): pray for #oslo
Maria Mena performed an acoustic version of her single ‘I’m In Love’ at the 3FM studio at Pinkpop in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Watch via YouTube below.
Maria Mena is out with the music video to her new single ‘All This Time’, the second release from the Norwegian pop singer’s fifth album ‘Cause And Effect’, out in October on Sony BMG. Watch it via YouTube below.
‘RTL Boulevard’ profiled Maria Mena on Thursday (December 14), where she talked about being compared to Alanis Morissette, going out with no makeup in other countries, but not in The Netherlands, dealing with writer’s block, and her troubles with math. Afterwards, there was a roundtable discussion, in Dutch.
The video clip at RTL.nl has since been removed.
Maria Mena posted a message to fans on her official website diary on Wednesday (March 15). She writes, “I’m still sick ;( – so I figured I’d read up on your posts… The off topic ones as well.. I love reading which other artists you all like.. We actually seem to listen to a lot of the same stuff. I’m a John Mayer fan! I’ve gotten to see him live 2 times… I was in Oslo a long time ago, and I saw him at a nightclub in new york. You should all check out The John Mayer Trio! and the stuff he’s done with Brad Paysley! I also recommend ‘Brighteyes’ and the wonderful singer/songwriter that I’m listening to as I’m writing this entry.. The woman who is inspiring me to start writing songs again this time around ‘Jonatha Brooke’ – I absolutely love the way she sings and uses her voice. She has a song (now I should warn you; this is a sad song) that’s called ‘Inconsolable’ ….. this is the song I listen to whenever I’m down.. Somehow it really helps! Puts words to my thoughts! Check her out! Anyway not much has changed since yesterday… I’ve watched 7 episodes of ‘Sopranos’… I’m completely crazy about that show! I’ve gotten to season number 4. ;) I’m such a dork…. I dream that I’m in the mafia.. Actually, last night I dreamt that Britney and Kevin Federline got a divorce… Where did that one come from? I mean, I couldn’t care less about them, so why would I have dreams about them? Whatever. That’s it for now… It’s still cold and I should do my laundry! Have a good one. Love, m”
Maria Mena is out with the music video to her new single ‘Just Hold Me’, from the Norwegian singer-songwriter’s third studio album ‘Apparently Unaffected’. Watch it online below.
Electricartists.com has an electronic press kit posted for Maria Mena, who talked about her new album ‘White Turns Blue’, due out July 20th.
“I started writing songs when I was eleven years old,” Mena explained about her start as a singer songwriter. “My dad and my mom and my friends didn’t know I wrote songs or actually sang, so one day on the bus I sang the song in front of my dad. He asked is that something on TV? I said no, I wrote that song and he asked me do you want to make a demo, because he wanted me to hear my voice on tape.”
The album title was thanks to a friend. “The title of the album is ‘White Turns Blue’, it’s a poem that my very best friend wrote to me during a very dark period,” Mena said. “This poem basically helped me get out of there, and finish the album.”
As for the first single, she said, “‘You Are The Only One’ is about all of my friends. Every verse is about someone different, but it sounds like it’s about one guy, and I like that. It sort of is telling all of my friends I appreciate them and I love them.”
“I think because I’m 18 I have to struggle to have people take me seriously when I write,” Maria suggested. “A lot of people question when you are 18 are you able to write about your life experience. I think I am. I get more life experience writing songs.”
Watch the video clip, which includes snippets from the album, below.
Norwegian pop artist Maria Mena is out with the video to her debut single ‘You’re The Only One’, released on Sony Music. Watch it online below.