Melanie Martinez first gained notoriety when she finished as a Top 10 finalist on Season 3 of The Voice. The New York City native was signed by Atlantic Records in April 2014 and she released her debut EP, Dollhouse, the following month.
This is the title track of singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez's conceptual debut album Cry Baby. She explained in a video track-by-track:
"Cry Baby is a character that is based off of myself when I was younger. I got picked on for taking things very personally and being overly emotional. I was never afraid to express emotion and over the years I realized that it is a strength being this in touch with your feelings. A lot of people can't go that deep so I wanted to bring life into this character that is this nickname that I got called when I was a kid that was supposed to be an insult but I wanted to turn it into a compliment."
This is the first track on the album. Martinez explained: "I wanted to introduce people to the character. So the song is about who she is, and how she feels."
Martinez directed, conceived and stars in the song's music video. The clip chronicles the character Cry Baby's birth and difficult childhood.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.