Radioactive single artwork
Marina and the Diamonds
Electra Heart
Released September 23, 2011
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Genre Eurodance, electro house
Length 3:47
Label 679, Atlantic
Writer Marina Diamandis, Clyde Narain, Fabian Lenssen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
Producer Stargate, DJ Chuckie, Fabian Lenssen
Promotional single information
Single release September 23, 2011
Video release August 22, 2011
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Electra Heart (UK deluxe edition) track listing
"Radioactive" is track number 13.
Previous track
"Fear and Loathing"
Next track
"Sex Yeah"
Electra Heart (US edition) track listing
"Radioactive" is track number 13.
Previous track
"How to Be a Heartbreaker"
Next track
"Fear and Loathing"
Electra Heart (Video series) track listing
"Radioactive" is the second video.
Previous video
"Fear and Loathing"
Next video
"The Archetypes"

Radioactive is a song written by Marina and the Diamonds, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Fabian Lenssen and DJ Chuckie. The song was produced by StarGate, Fabian Lenssen and DJ Chuckie. It is a promotional single and is included in the deluxe edition of her second studio album, Electra Heart. The song was used as the second part of The Archetypes video series. An acoustic of the song was uploaded to Marina's channel on August 30, 2011.

Writing and inspirationEdit

In an interview with NME, Marina said of "Radioactive";

I wrote “Radioactive” in New York in the middle of a heat wave. Introduced to a glittering new nightlife, I fell in love with New York; it has this magic, fizzing white energy that no other city in the world has. I felt happy and was inspired to write a song that felt light and euphoric, a more streamlined, minimalistic style of songwriting."

Composition Edit

"Radioactive" is a Eurodance song with a minimalist club beat.

Commercial release Edit

"Radioactive" was the first promotional single off Electra Heart, preceding the premiere of the official lead single "Primadonna". The single premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 22nd August 2011 and was released on a month later 23rd September 2011.

"Radioactive" peaked at number 25 on the UK chart, and spent 3 weeks on the chart. In Ireland, it peaked at number 37.

Remixes Edit

  • "Radioactive" (Tom Staar Remix) – 5:20
  • "Radioactive" (Chuckie Big House Mix) – 6:00
  • "Radioactive" (How to Dress Well Remix)– 5:12
  • "Radioactive" (Captain Cuts Remix) – 4:06

Music Video Edit

The music video was directed by Caspar Balslev, and is the second part of the The Archetypes video series, following "Fear & Loathing". It was shot in Los Angeles and premiered on 22 August 2011. Prior to the video's premiere, Marina teased several promotional images of the video via her official Tumblr account, mostly featuring shots of the desert environment and images of her in a blonde wig. As of April 2017, the video has 10,312,841 views.

Marina explained the concept behind the video in an interview with Popjustice, saying:

That's like a really 70s thing, it's set in the desert... I just think every artist always has something at the core of them that fascinates them and inspires them. In the beginning I had exactly the same thought—"oh God, I'm still inspired by America, I don't want to make 'Hollywood Pt II'". And it's not like that. I'm just really inspired by that topic and that culture and I think I always will be. It's kind of like how every longterm artist always has a thread running through their image, or their lyrics, and that's mine. America

Music Video Information


Premiere August 22, 2011
Filmed TBA
Director Casper Balslev
Producer TBA
Production co LOVE
Exec. producer Paul McKee
Editor Darren Baldwin, Aleksander Horup
Choreographer TBA
Length 3:54


Credits Edit

 Song Edit


  • Background vocals - Marina Diamandis
  • Live instruments and programming - DJ Chuckie, Tor Erik Hermansen, Fabian Lenssen
  • Mixing - Phil Tan
  • Engineering - Miles Walker

Music Video Edit

  • DoP - Matthias Koenigsweiser
  • L.A Line Producer - John Lathan
  • Grade - Lasse Marcussen @ Cameo
  • Additional Grade Elements - Kenny Gibb @ Nice Biscuits
  • Male Lead - Jayce Basque
  • Production Manager (UK) - Anne-Marie Negre
  • Production Manager (LA) - Nicci Freeman
  • 1st AD - Everard Salomon
  • Production Design -Julie Ziah
  • Stylist - Dianne Garcia
  • Hair/Make-Up - Traci Barrett
  • Commissioner - Alan Parks



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