Perfectionist (Deluxe Version) by Natalia Kills on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If something seems familiar about Natalia Kills, it could be that prior to adopting this image and sound she starred in the BBC sitcom All About Me before rapping under the Verbalicious moniker. As Natalia Kills, her music actually plays a lot like a darker, British response to Lady Gaga. The opening dance-pop diva cut “Wonderland” swaps out Gaga’s mirthful musings for some slightly sinister fantasy fables. But it’s not like any of this is coincidental. Kills even armed herself with a quiver of Gaga’s producers for Perfectionist including Akon, Fernando Garibay and Martin Kierszenbaum — which may be why songs like the delightfully dramatic “Superficial” and the shopping anthem “Free” featuring will.i.am both sound like sibling songs to those comprising The Fame Monster. Still, the shadowy comic book allegories of “Kill My Boyfriend” (on the Deluxe Version) and “Love Is a Suicide” reveal more originality.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If something seems familiar about Natalia Kills, it could be that prior to adopting this image and sound she starred in the BBC sitcom All About Me before rapping under the Verbalicious moniker. As Natalia Kills, her music actually plays a lot like a darker, British response to Lady Gaga. The opening dance-pop diva cut “Wonderland” swaps out Gaga’s mirthful musings for some slightly sinister fantasy fables. But it’s not like any of this is coincidental. Kills even armed herself with a quiver of Gaga’s producers for Perfectionist including Akon, Fernando Garibay and Martin Kierszenbaum — which may be why songs like the delightfully dramatic “Superficial” and the shopping anthem “Free” featuring will.i.am both sound like sibling songs to those comprising The Fame Monster. Still, the shadowy comic book allegories of “Kill My Boyfriend” (on the Deluxe Version) and “Love Is a Suicide” reveal more originality.

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About Natalia Kills

Already a popular British actress, Natalia Keery-Fisher launched her music career with the release of 2005's "Don't Play Nice," a hit single that was credited to her stage name, Verbalicious. She later ditched the nickname for a new moniker, Natalia Kills -- she also adopted her grandmother's last name of Cappuccini before the stage name Kills -- and restructured her sound to include the theatrical dance-pop of Lady Gaga, 1940s film noir, and the electro-gloom of Depeche Mode.

Born in Bradford in August 1986, Keery-Fisher landed the part of Sima in the popular BBC sitcom All About Me while still a teenager. Appearances in Coronation Street, The Archers, and Casualty followed, as did the release of "Don't Play Nice," which peaked at number 11 on the U.K. charts and seemed to prime Keery-Fisher for a successful singing career. The label went bankrupt after the song's release, though. She bounced back by becoming the number one unsigned artist on MySpace, and her self-produced Wommanequin EP attracted the attention of will.i.am, which led to a deal with will.i.am/Cherrytree Records/Interscope/Dandyville. Showcasing her versatility, she wrote and co-directed a Quentin Tarantino-style web mini-series, Love Kills xx, and a film, The Exhibition, both of which were promoted as an extension of her debut album. Produced by Akon, Perfectionist was released in 2011, hitting German-speaking countries in April before receiving a wider release later that year. Natalia also supported Robyn and Kelis on their European tours and appeared on "2 Is Better," a track on Far East Movement's fourth album, Free Wired. In 2013, Kills released her sophomore full-length album, Trouble, featuring the single "Problem." ~ Jon O'Brien

  • ORIGIN
    Bradford, England
  • BORN
    Aug 15, 1986

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