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15. JULY 2017 - SONG WITH TRICKY
Tricky just released a song with Martina! It's called 'When we die' and is released as a digital single, it will also be on his next album 'Ununiform', released September 22. Check out the collaborations discography for details.

20. JANUARY 2016 - MARTINA ON TOUR WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
Martina just started a European tour with Massive Attack! Check out the tourdates for details, they will play mostly in the UK, Germany and Netherlands...

2. NOVEMBER 2015 - MARTINA & THE PRODIGY
I must admit I missed that, so sorry if this is a bit late: Martina recorded a track with The Prodigy called "The Day Is My Enemy", listen to it on You Tube. It was released in January as a download single and in March as an album. I've also updated the collaborations discography.

1. NOVEMBER  2015 - ALBUM WITH PATTI YANG
It has been very quiet, but finally there's some recording activity from Martina! A recent article about Patti Yang mentions that Patti and Martina are writing an album together! Patti Yang is "a trip hop and electronic songstress from London", her last release is the song "Anonymous Face" (listen to it on Soundcloud).

14. SEPTEMBER  2014 - LIVE VIDEO
Not really news, but it's been a while since I wrote something here. Martina toured this summer with Massive Attack, here is a performance of Crystalised at the Gurten Festival with Bastian Baker.

7. JULY 2014 - MARTINA ON TOUR!
Martina is currently touring with Massive Attack! Check out all the tourdates here.

11. NOVEMBER 2013 - CRYSTALISED SINGLE AND VIDEO
Martina's collaboration with Mark Lanegan - Crystalised - is now officially released on 12" with remixes, there is also a video for it! Watch the video here, see details at the videography.
I've also added an older collaboration from 2006 to the discography (Ozark Henry - We were never alone).
[Thanks to Ferdinand for this info!]

11. AUGUST 2013 - MISC. NEWS OLD AND NEW
Martina will play at Festival Number 6 in Portmeiron (UK) on September 15. Her Facebook site announced a new studio album for spring followed by a tour, well, obviously that is delayed. The official website is currently under construction, so maybe some news will appear there soon!
I found an (unreleased?) cover of 'Black Steel' by Molecule featuring new vocals by Martina, listen to it on You Tube or Soundcloud.
Here are some older news to close the gap since 2010 (sorrrryyy for no updates for so long):
- Martina's album "Some Place Simple" with stripped-down versions and some new songs was released in 2010, check out the discography
- Martina went on a long tour with Massive Attack in 2010 and 2011 (see concertography)
- Martina performed with Tricky for three UK dates in 2012 (see concertography)
- Martina did a couple of collaborations including: 
    2010: with Molecule: 'Baby Girl 2014' (watch on You Tube, see discography for details)
    2012: with Mark Lanegan & Warpaint: 'Crystalised' (unreleased so far, see discography)
    2012: with Clark: 'Secret' (You Tube, see discography)
- check out a cool video on You Tube with Martina performing Baby Blue on the streets / subway and another street performance for the Caprices Label Night in December 2010 here
- Neneh Cherry and The Thing covered Martina's song 'Too tough to die' in 2012 (listened to it here, live version here)
- in 2010 Martina often performed 'Overcome' in an sort of unplugged version (for example in Sofia)
- Martina covered "Marlène" by Noir Désir on a French Radio show (You Tube)
- Martina joined the Africa Express train to play concerts with about 80 musicians in the UK in September 2012, read more here
- in 2012 Martina started working as a vocal coach and songwriting coach for BIMM, a music college in Bristol (official website)

 

   
 


 
 



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20. JUNE 2010 - LIVE ALBUM, STUDIO ALBUM AND CONCERTS
As you can read on the official website Martina will release a live album on July 12, called "Some place simple". It was recorded in Damon Albarns Studio and will be released on his label Honest Jon’s, as you can read here. She played and will play several concerts with Massive Attack, check out the tourdates for more info. 

2. JANUARY 2010 - TWO SONGS
Martinas collaboration with Massive Attack ("Psyche") was released in October (see discography). It was only released for download or as a limited 12". The official website says that Martina also worked on the song "Babel", soon released on Massive's new album "Heligoland" (in February).

13. SEPTEMBER 2009 - SONG WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
As you can read on the EMI website Massive Attack will release an EP (called "Splitting the atom") on October 2. It contains the track "Psyche" with Martina Topley-Bird. You can already listen to the track at Myspace or at Spinner.
On this Myspace site you can listen to a song called "Psyche" that is obviously with Martina.

6. SEPTEMBER 2009 - COLLABORATION WITH LUCIANO
As you can read here Martina contributed vocals to one song to Luciano's new album "Tribute to the sun", which will be released on October 12. The song is called "sun, day and night". You can buy and listen to the song at Amazon, for example.

22. JULY 2009 - TOUR WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
According to her official website Martina will join Massive Attack on their upcoming tour, not only as support act, but also as a guest vocalist. She will probably sing the song "Red Light" (see below), but maybe even more??? The tour starts in September, check out the full list of dates in the tour section.

18. JULY 2009 - SONG WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
Martina will record one song with Massive Attack for their new album. According to BBC 6 she "is to sing on a track Robert Del Naja and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey have written together." The song is called 'Red Light'. The song was performed already last year on tour, you can listen to it on You Tube (the singer, Stephanie, almost sounds like Martina!). The album has no definite release date yet, maybe it will October 2009, maybe later.
[Thanks to Guy for this info!]

29. JANUARY 2009 - LIVE VIDEO
You can see a live performance in Paris from Martina here. The concert was at La Bellevilloise on September 12. 

7. NOVEMBER 2008 - MARTINA TOUR
In case anyone didn't know: Martina is on tour again, and it will be really interesting this time! Check out details from the concert in Paris on November 5 (the setlist and some links to You Tube videos can be found here): she played 23 (!) songs including new songs (check out an experimental one at You Tube), cover songs (Kate Bush, Radiohead...) and a special treat for all Tricky fans: BLACK STEEL!!! She is touring with some background singers (including Cath Coffey) and a beatbox-man (sorry, I don't know his name!). Most of the songs are arranged differently (quieter, accoustic, like a sort of "Unplugged"). I recommend everyone in Europe to go out and see her (I'm myself counting the days until Tuesday)!

5. NOVEMBER 2008 - H&M and Melody Nelson concert in Paris
Martina's song "Need One" (from Quixotic) is featured in a H&M TV spot, read and see more about it here
On October 23 she performed at Serge Gainsbourg's "Histoire de Melody Nelson" concert. She sang two songs, one was "Melody" with Mathieu Amalric, the other was "ballade de Melody Nelson" with Brian Molko (see the video on You Tube). Read more about the concert at Martina's official site or in this blog.

6. SEPTEMBER 2008 - BABY BLUE
"Baby Blue" will be released as the next single tomorrow. It will be a download only single (without any b-sides, unfortunately), you can download it at 7 Digital.

2. SEPTEMBER 2008 - BBC SHOW
Martina was on a BBC radio show with Marc Riley last Tuesday, you can listen to it again here

22. AUGUST 2008 - BABY BLUE
It seems like "Baby Blue" will be the next single. A cover photo can be seen on the official website. But as you can read here it will be released as a download single only. There are no mentions of b-sides...

4. JULY 2008 - TOUR & TV
You can find some new tourdates on the official site - Martina will support Lenny Kravitz on his European tour. Funny coincidence: she will play at the Pukkelpop Festival, where also Tricky will perform! Check out her tourdates here.
You can also read on the official site that Martina will be performing on the  Italian TV-channel "All Music" on July 10 (10.30 PM).
And last but not least: if you missed Martina at Glastonbury, you can watch a stripped down version of "Baby Blue" recorded for The Telegraph here.

27. MAY 2008 - NOT REALLY NEWS, MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS
I don't know where to put this, so I'll put it here: updating old links and stuff from the concertography I've realized that Martina performed "Poison" already live in 2004, for example at the Montreux Festival (hear the old version on You Tube). And then by coincidence I've found a recent  interview with Martina, where she says (asked what her muse for the album was): "My original version of Poison was the main point of reference". She also mentions the song "Walking in the sand" by the Shangri Las in this interview, which reminded me that she also performed this cover song live once (Regents Park, London, 2004) and made me think that maybe that is where the name of the song "Shangri La" comes from?
Oh, but this is definitely news: in the above mentioned interview Martina says that she will play Glastonbury this summer! I've checked it, and it's true: June 29 is the day (see tour dates).
And, more news derived from that interview: Leila's new album "Blood, Looms & Blooms" will be released on July 7 with Martina on two tracks! The tracklist that can be found here lists a song called "Deflect w/ Martina Topley-Bird" (which will also be the lead single) and "Why Should I? w/ Terry Hall & Martina Topley-Bird" (which is probably the song that can already be heard on Leila's My Space site with the working title marterry = martina and terry?).

25. MAY 2008 - VIDEO INTERVIEW
There's an interesting video interview with Martina on MK2. She talks about the term "trip-hop" - and why she isn't that - and how about she wanted Leila to be the producer of the album first...

21. May 2008 - LONDON'S CALLING
Martina plays another show in London tomorrow (May 22): Tiscali showcase, Soho Revue Bar. Tickets are £8.50. Also check out some cool photos from the Paris show here and from the Brussels show here.
[Thanks to Guy for this info!]

12. MAY 2008 -BLUE GODDESS
Martina's second solo album "The Blue God" is released today in the UK! Check out the discography for details.

7. MAY 2008 - BOOOOOHOOOOO
By checking Martina's My Space site today I saw that she played a concert in my city yesterday, how cruel is that! Finally today also her official website is updated with the rest of the European tourdates (with Morcheeba), so everyone who didn't miss it: enjoy!

6. MAY 2008 - POISON RELEASED!
The single "Poison" was released yesterday! It has three b-sides: the Gorillaz collaboration "Solider Boy", a version of Poison with Leila and Terry Hall (hardly audible, though) called "Like Poison" and a Van She remix (you can listen to that remix on the official website). Check out the discography for sounds and pictures.

27. APRIL 2008 - FESTIVALS AND OTHER NEWS
You can read in the forum that Martina will play two festivals this summer: Festivalnoise in Brussels on May 12 and Meltdown in London on June 18. She will also be part of a charity show ("V Day Ballroom Blitz Party") on April 30 in London's Bloomsbury Ballroom (read more about it here). Also check out the official site, because they've added the b-side "Soldier Boy" from the upcoming 'Poison' single for listening pleasures. And if that's not enough of new Martina sounds, check out my discography, because I've added sounds for her album "The Blue God" and the "Poison" remixes (from promo CDs).

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