K pronounced "K through twelve"   is the second studio album by American singer Melanie Martinez. It is her first studio album in four years and was released with an accompanying film of the same name on September 6, ,  through Atlantic Records. Martinez began writing the album in On January 7, , Martinez announced through her Instagram stories that she will be releasing an EP titled After School that is attached to the K era. It is set to be released sometime in the spring of A teaser video of Martinez in a pastel classroom was released on May 15,
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The minute movie accompanies her highly anticipated sophomore album of the same name, which is out today. Luckily, Cry Baby is an uncompromising lead. Along with her best friend Angelita and their superpowers , they take on everything from the school administration to bullies to the other students whose brains are under control by the principal and his staff. Martinez undoubtedly has a knack for creating elaborate storylines and creative visuals but reveals there was difficulty translating the ideas in her head to make them a reality. While Martinez admits a lot of scenes had to be cut due to budget constraints and because it would have been a three-hour film otherwise , K still remains visually stunning. Martinez may play a superpower-wielding, confident badass in the movie. But in real life, she certainly faced self-doubt throughout the filming of the movie and the recording process of the album. I had to learn Final Draft and all these different things to be able to give it…[and] show it to people who then could see it and understand it enough to help me bring it to life. Furthermore, Martinez not only confronted societal issues in the movie as an actress, but also in her role as director, which she says was the most difficult part of the process. Not only does Martinez tackle important issues, but she also expertly does so while balancing her love for the macabre with her signature pastel style.
It was released on September 6 th , by Atlantic Records through digital download, CD, cassette and vinyl. Melanie embarked on the K Tour beginning in October of in support of the album. Melanie began recording the album in and finished in However, it was later pushed back to early It was officially released on September 6 th , The standard version of the album has a total of 13 songs.
Melanie began writing the script in the summer of and finished it in February of On May 15 th , , Melanie released a second teaser trailer, revealing the official title of the album and film, K On May 29 th , the third teaser was released, revealing the release date. On June 17 th , a preview featuring clips of the movie and a snippet of a new song was premiered at the MTV Movie Awards.