Mannequin Factory

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Mannequin Factory
Studio album by Porcelain Black
Released November 2014 [1]
Recorded 2009–2014
Label 2101, Capitol
Producer RedOne
Singles from Mannequin Factory
  1. "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like (buzz single)"
    Released: March 29, 2011[2][3]
  2. "Naughty Naughty"
    Released: October 24, 2011[4]
  3. "One Woman Army"
    Released: March 5 , 2014
  4. "Rich Boi"
    Released: TBA , 2014

Mannequin Factory is the debut album of American industrial pop singer-songwriter, Porcelain Black, expected to be released during 2014 on 2101 Records and Universal Republic Records. The fourteen song set marks Black's debut release. The album had been slated for a third quarter release in 2013 following various setbacks, but even further setbacks prevented its release in 2013.[5] Following issues with her initial label, Virgin Records, an 18 year old Black, at the time going by the stage name Porcelain and the Tramps, ended up on RedOne's label 2101 Records after a friend of Black's played some of Black's tracks for him. When recording the album, Black drew major influences from childhood acts that she grew up with including Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy, AC/DC, Aaliyah, and Britney Spears.

Black spent a majority of the album working with the producer RedOne, incorporating a mixture of industrial and dance-pop sounds in the tracks. Black used her signature style of metal scream to add a rock and roll edge to the record's synth-dominated production from RedOne.

Preceding the album's release, lead single "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like" was released for digital download on March 29, 2011. "Naughty Naughty" was released on October 24, 2011, as the album's second single.


"I wanted to sign her on the spot. She reminded me of Joan Jett. She's got it all: the attitude, the talent, the look. She can scream and do things with her voice that nobody can do. She is uncompromising in pursuing her own creative vision. She's taking everything that's old and making it futuristic and bringing rock and roll back in her own way."

RedOne when recalling his first time meeting Black.[6]

Originally signed with Virgin Records at the age of 18, Black went by the name Porcelain and the Tramps.[7][8] Moving out to Los Angeles and working with artists including Tommy Henriksen and Bobby Huff, Black would record music that she described as "full of attitude with curse words and all that stuff."[7] Through request of her label, Black was asked to tone down her image and set her sound similar to that of Avril Lavigne.[7] Refusing to demure her signature style, Black was eventually dropped from the label.[8][9] Following the label conflict, a friend of Black's played her music for producer RedOne who showed great interest in her; "When we finally spoke, he told me that he totally got what my vision was and he wanted to work with me. Once we started working together, I changed my name to Porcelain Black."[7] RedOne signed Black to his label 2101 Records, an imprint through Universal Republic, where Black would be managed by Lil Wayne's Young Money Cash Money team to record her debut album,[9] over Dr. Luke who was also vying to sign her.[10] Showing great praise for signing with RedOne's label, Black was quoted saying "I was like, holy fuck, thank God somebody gets it. There are just some people you work with that you just click with. I can’t describe it."[11] When asked about the label conflict that led her into RedOne's direction by Los Angeles Times Gerrick D. Kennedy, Black stated "It made me learn the business, really. ... I’m happy that it worked out the way it did. Everything happens for a reason. But now I know what’s up. You can’t manipulate me."[9]

Recording and influences[edit]

Black noted Trent Reznor (left)[12] and Marilyn Manson (right) as major influences on the album, both of whom have worked together in the music video for "Starfuckers, Inc." (2000).[13]

Black began recording her debut album in 2010, shortly after signing to RedOne's 2101 Records imprint.[9][13] When asked which musicians influenced the record, Black named Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Skinny Puppy as influences.[13] Black also noted her father as her major influence. She recalled the first concert she had ever attended, an AC/DC concert, which her father had taken her to, adding "rock music is just part of me, it's in my blood."[7] Black marked her first two albums, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) by Oasis and Live Through This (1994) by Hole held great inspiration on the production and lyrics of "Mannequin Factory", adding that Hole's song "Violet" was her favorite song growing up.[14] Growing up in Detroit, Michigan Black was constantly surrounded by the R&B music of Aaliyah and the pop music of Britney Spears, both styles also affecting Mannequin Factory.[13][14]

Interview described Black's recordings as the onstage antics (and panache) of Mötley Crüe and the classic beauty of Portia de Rossi, combined with a whiskey-drinking, raspy-voiced, to-the-minute relevant performer, adding a slight comparison to Lady Gaga.[8] Due to her extensive work with producer RedOne, Black would gain constant comparisons to RedOne's recent prodigy Lady Gaga, stating "I don't really care, because people don't know me that well yet. So it's just straight judgment without really any research and they don't know what they're talking about. And at the end of the day we're two completely different people. They can think what they want, but in time they're going to see this is a rock 'n' roll thing, and I'm my own person. They can think what they want. And, it's not bad to be compared to somebody like that, because she's successful."[15] Following multiple other comparisons to Lady Gaga, Black styled her musical genre "horror-pop".[12] With an influence of pop, Black adds a rock and roll edge to her sound and uses her ability to metal scream in a variety of her songs.[12]

The recording for the album had gone on for two months straight.[16] Black dominantly worked with producer RedOne for the album.[14] Black and RedOne spent the two months recording Black's debut album in Stockholm, Madrid, and Miami.[16] When asked about the recording process of the album, Black went into great detail about how a song would come about, taking control of the song's lyrical content herself, and allowing RedOne to assist with production.[14] Black would commonly create a song's title first, and than structure the lyrics around that.[14] Of the writing process, she stated:

"I'll go in, sometimes I'll have an idea I came up with on my own on the piano or he'll play me beats he started, and I'll see the kind of vibes I get from a beat he plays. I come up with song ideas all the time... like, all the time. Sometimes I'll make up a song title and build a song around that. I like to take lyrics and ideas that I already have and try and build a melody around that, because when you build the melody first, it's hard to properly fit your message in, because of the amount of syllables and stuff like that. We usually do melodies together, and then I do lyrics—he doesn't really do lyrics."[14]


"Swallow My Bullet" portrays Black's industrial electro-rock genre fusion, dominated in "ooh ooh ooh"'s.

"This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like" combines industrial elements, such as harsh vocals, with hooks and synths commonly found in pop music.

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Music and theme[edit]

Black worked with a variety of singers, songwriters, and producers for her debut album, Mannequin Factory. Adding her original ballad to the record, Black worked with Josh and Billy Steinberg on the song "How Do You Love Someone?".[12] On working with Steinberg, Black was quoted saying "Billy [Steinberg is] a genius. He wrote Madonna's “Like a Virgin.” I really respect him."[12] Black also revealed that the album would feature a variety of fast heavy bass beat pumping industrial pop dance songs, along the lines of the album's second single "Naughty Naughty".[12] "It's industrial, dark, danceable pop," Black told Buzz Media. "Bad ass and positive", furthering the statement with, "Everything that I do is a mix of light and dark", "The contrast represents my music, my hair, my personality."[10] In an interview with The Advocate, Black described her music as female empowerment. She hopes her message of strength and courage are imparted onto her listeners. The Advocate said the themes of "not belonging" present in her lyrics would strongly resonate with LGBT listeners.[17]

Song structure and lyrical content[edit]

Black's debut single and lead single from the album, "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like," has been described by one critic as "an euphoric digital feast of raspy melodic vocals, four-to-the-floor beats, and keyboards that buzz like electric guitars".[16] The track also features a guest rap by Lil Wayne, who eventually invited Black to tour with him on his I Am Music Tour.[16] Black screams in the chorus "Hey hey hey if you're ready to rage / Raise your hands up, this what rock and roll looks like / Yeah yeah yeah, wearing leather and lace / Raise your hands up, this what rock and roll looks like."[18] "Naughty Naughty' gives straight attitude and rock & roll grunge with lyrics like 'Definitely kissing a stranger/ then leave his ass later, you know/ Can't help that I'm attracted to danger/ You can't be my savior, uh oh.'[19] Lyrically, Black acknowledges that she is not as scary as she may seem as she sings "Definitely not an angel / But I’m not that evil, you know."[20] Black's intense vocals strike a strong similarity in the songs synthesized electric guitar, forming a rough "grit" to scrape out a cross between a scream, choking, and an extended glottal stop by the song's bridge.[21]

Titling and artwork[edit]

Artwork created on Oxygen's Best Ink by contestant London during a challenge presented by Porcelain Black.[22][23] Although the cover was chosen by Black, it was not used for the album's release.

Originally slated to be titled Black Rainbow, on May 8, 2012, Black appeared on Oxygen's Best Ink, requested the four remaining contestants to create the album artwork of Black's upcoming album, which she referred to as Mannequin Factory.[22] Black requested an influence of “stripper couture” for the singles cover art.[22] When creating the desired album covers, Black explained the importance of cover art for music artists.[24] Each contestant created a vinyl record album cover sleeve with their accompanying 12" vinyls.[25] The winner of the flash challenge was announced by Black, who chose contestant London's work.[23][26]

In January 2013, after many delays, in an interview with CC Sheffield for her podcast "Model Actress Whatever", Black stated that there was currently no title for the upcoming album.[27]

Release and promotion[edit]

Originally slated for a Summer 2011 release, the album was pushed back following the poor commercial success of the lead single, "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like".[9] The album is now slated for a 2013 release following the release of "Naughty Naughty".[12]

Following the album's lead single, Lil Wayne asked Black to participate in his I Am Music Tour.[28] Her inclusion on the tour marks the debut of Black and her newest material since being dropped from Virgin Records as Porcelain and the Tramps.[28] To promote the album's lead single, Black performed "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like" on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, July 21, 2011.[29] Black wore a leather, leotard-like bustier number, complete with mesh, fringe and metallic studs as she whipped her black-and-blonde hair around as she pranced across the stage with her gothic dancers.[29][30] The music video for "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like" appeared as the featured video in the seventeenth episode of the eighth season of Beavis and Butt-head.[31] On May 8, 2012, Black appeared on Oxygen's Best Ink, asking the remaining contestants to create the album cover work for her debut album as a "Flash Challenge."[22]

At some point succeeding the release of her singles, 2102 Records became an imprint of Capitol Records when Universal Republic went under, further delaying the release of any new material by the industrial songstress.[32][33][34]

RedOne Records have published to many European radio stations that the album is scheduled to be released in November 2014. Porcelain Black herself confirmed a November release during an interview in June, but has not revealed anything since then.


"This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like" was released as the album's lead single on March 29, 2011.[2][3] The song's accompanying music video was shot by Sanaa Hamri[35] and released on March 27, 2011.[36] The song found minimal success in the United States, peaking at number forty-four on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs.[37] "Naughty Naughty" was released as the album's second single on October 24, 2011.[4] The song outperformed the album's lead single and became Black's highest charting track at the time, peaking at number six on Hot Dance Club Songs.[38] The song garnered an "Unofficial Music Video," released December 15, 2011, but was never accompanied by an official video.[39]

Other songs

Songs "King of the World" and "I'm Your Favorite Drug" were originally created by Black under the stage name Porcelain and the Tramps.[40] Black had originally recorded "How Do You Love Someone?" for her debut album under Virgin Records, however Ashley Tisdale was given the song for her 2009 record Guilty Pleasure.[41] Black later bought the rights back to the song, which is confirmed for her debut album.[12] Following an online protest held on the social networking service, Twitter, Black gathered online fans and American internet celebrity Chris Crocker to petition for her album's release.[42] The protest led to the online distribution of "Swallow My Bullet" by RedOne.[42] At an exclusive performance at SIR nightclub, Porcelain Black performed a new song entitled "Rich Boi".[43] Popjustice noted similarities between the song and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard.[43] The journalist also said Porcelain Black was one of pop music's most confusingly styled artists, attributing the shift from her edgier, rock-inspired look to one resembling Jennifer Lopez as an attempt by her team to make her image more marketable.[43] Despite the appraisal, he critiqued her song "Rich Boi" as being influenced by rock icons, Def Leppard and Steve Miller Band.[43]

Track listing[edit]

Black revealed the album's track listing through her Twitter account.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Stealing Candy from a Baby"     RedOne  
2. "Make Me Cry"        
3. "Swallow My Bullet"   Alaina Beaton, Nadir "RedOne" Khayat RedOne 3:28
4. "Mannequin Factory"     RedOne 3:59
5. "Naughty Naughty"   Beaton, Khayat, Bilal Hajji, Achraf Jannusi, Giorgio Tuinfort[44] RedOne 4:12
6. "This Is What Rock n' Roll Looks Like" (featuring Lil Wayne) Beaton, Khayat, Dwayne Carter, Hajji, Noir[45] RedOne 4:12
7. "Screamers"        
8. "King of the World"   Beaton, Robert Gordon Huff[46]    
9. "I'm Your Favorite Drug"   Beaton, Huff[47]    
10. "Pretty Little Psycho"     RedOne 3:28
11. "How Do You Love Someone"   Beaton, Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander[48] RedOne 3:31
12. "Black Rainbow"        
13. "Kisses Lose Their Charm"   Beaton    
14. "Mama Forgive Me"   Beaton, Khayat, Hajji, Jannusi, Astrid Roelants, Geraldo Jacop Sandell, Arjang Shishegar, Jimmy Paul Thornfeldt[49] RedOne 3:30
15. "Rich Boi"       3:52
16. "One Woman Army"   Beaton RedOne 3:36
17. "Too Much of Not Enough"   Beaton   4:02
18. "Livin in Sin"        


  • Alaina Beaton - writer, vocals, vocals (background)
  • Nadir "RedOne" Khayat - producer, writer, mastering
  • Bilal Hajji - writer
  • Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter - vocals, writer
  • Billy Steinberg - writer
  • Josh Alexander - writer


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