How To Be A Heartbreaker single artwork
Marina and the Diamonds
Electra Heart
Released July 10, 2012
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop, electropop
Length 3:46
Label 679, Atlantic
Writer Marina Diamandis, Łukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Henry Walter, Daniel Omelio
Producer Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco
Single information
Single release December 7, 2012
Video release September 28, 2012
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Electra Heart (US edition) track listing
"How to Be a Heartbreaker" is track number 12.
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Electra Heart (Video series) track listing
"How to Be a Heartbreaker" is the seventh video.
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"How to Be a Heartbreaker" is a single by Marina and the Diamonds from her second studio album, Electra Heart. The song was written after the original UK version of the album was complete, and so it only appears on the US version. Diamandis worked with Ammar Malik, Benny Blanco, Cirkut, Daniel Omelio, and Dr. Luke during the songwriting process, and enlisted Blanco, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke to oversee its production. The song was used as part seven in The Archetypes video series.

It was released in the US on January 8th 2013 and the UK on February 3rd 2013. The music video was uploaded to YouTube on September 28, 2012, as Part 7 of the Archetypes video series.

The song was covered by Dean Geyer and Lea Michele in a Glee episode called Feud.


Diamandis explained that "How to Be a Heartbreaker" was the only new track on the US edition of her album Electra Heart, and she wrote it "as the UK album was being printed." Lyrically, she stated the song "basically involves four rules on how to be a heartbreaker. It's a guide for everyone!"[1]

Single ReleasesEdit

Marina and the Diamonds
How to Be a Heartbreaker
Released December 7, 2012 Format Digital download
1. How to Be a Heartbreaker 3:41
2. How to Be a Heartbreaker (Kat Krazy Remix) 3:35
3. How to Be a Heartbreaker (Almighty Remix) 5:38
4. How To Be A Heartbreaker (Kitty Pryde Remix) 3:01
5. How To Be A Heartbreaker (Baunz Remix) 7:21
Total length 23:22
How To Be A Heartbreaker single artwork

Marina and the Diamonds
How to Be a Heartbreaker
Released March 12, 2013 Format Digital download
1. How to Be a Heartbreaker" (Dada Life Remix) 6:28
2. How to Be a Heartbreaker" (Dada Life Remix Radio Edit) 3:16
Total length 9:44
How to Be a Heartbreaker (Dada Life Remixes) artwork


On 19 September 2012, Diamandis announced on her Twitter page that the music video for "How to Be a Heartbreaker" would premiere online on 24 September.[2] However, problems occurred on the day of the supposed release, and Diamandis took to her Twitter to explain the situation: "So, someone at my record label won't let me release the video because I look ugly in it apparently and we need more money and time to paint out ugly parts. The video will be out end of the week. If not, I am happy to leak the 'minger' version for my fans."[3] The video premiered on 28 September 2012 on YouTube.[4]

The video was directed by duo Marc & Ish and filmed in late August 2012.[5] It opens with Diamandis in a shower surrounded by Speedo-clad male models. It includes various close-up shots of Diamandis and the models throughout the video. She also appears with four different men in various settings, each showing her with a different colored hair ribbon. It includes shots of her walking alone on the beach in some parts of the video, and a shot of her holding a platter with a severed and bloodied mannequin head. She dons black hair and various black dresses throughout the video, and her signature heart makeup on her cheek. Diamandis revealed to The Sun that she was highly involved in the video: "I had 100 per cent creative control over this video. I was like 'OK, let's get six Calvin Klein models and put them in the shower and I'll stand in the middle in PVC'."[6]. The music video has more than 35+ Million views, making it her second most viewed video after "Primadonna".

Music Video Information


Premiere December 18, 2014
Filmed Filmed in late August 2012 in Copenhagen
Director Marc & Ish
Producer TBA
Production co LOVE
Exec. producer Paul McKee
Editor Darren Baldwin at Final Cut
Choreographer TBA
Length 3:55

Additional credits [7]Edit

DoP: Stuart Graham
Grade: Aline Sinquin @ MPC
Post Producer: Pedro Pinto MPC
Service Production: Spoiled
Service Producer: Thor Jacobsen
Line Producer: Mikkel Damkiær
Production Manager: Joakim Harder
First AD: Otto Rosing
Focus Puller: John Frimand
2nd AC: Charlotte Rose Waters
DIT: Michael McDuffie Finlay
Gaffer: Thomas Neivelt
Best Boy: Alex Suhr
Grip: Christian Brøndum
Production Designer: Rasmus With
Hair: Marina Lasse Pedersen
Make-up: Niamh Quinn
Stylist: Celestine Cooney
Make-up/Hair: Mette Munch
Stylist (Cast): Sebastian Machado
Styling Asst (Cast): Dorothea Gundtoft
Runners: Tine Knudsen, Jamie Ryan
Location Scout: Lui Visbo
Commissioner: Alan Parks



  1. Marina and the Diamonds talks new UK single 'How To Be A Heartbreaker
  2. Marina's putting a new video online on Monday
  3. Marina Diamandis too 'ugly' in new video, according to her US label
  4. Marina And The Diamonds release new video following 'ugly' comments from her label
  5. Marina & The Diamonds - How To Be a Heartbreaker (2012) | IMVDB
  6. Exclusive: Marina and the Diamonds' new vid How To Be A Heartbreaker
  7. Marina & The Diamonds - How To Be a Heartbreaker (2012) | IMVDB

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