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Martika is an American pop singer-songwriter and actress. As a singer she released two internationally successful albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling over four million copies worldwide.

She entered mainstream show business in an uncredited role as one of the orphan girls in the 1982 motion picture Annie. This led to her being cast as Gloria on the long-running kids show Kids Incorporated as one of a group of neighborhood kids who rise to local fame by singing staged productions at a corner malt shop. Martika and many fellow Kids Incorporated cast members were featured in the musical numbers from the Mr. T motivational video Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! in 1984.

Following her role in Kids Incorporated and Be Somebody, Martika was signed by Columbia Records as a potential Madonna-like pop star. Her first solo release, however, was released only in Japan. "We are Music" was recorded to promote Sony cassette tapes in the Japanese market, where the song was released in the 12", 7" and CD formats.

Her first album, Martika, was released in 1988 and spawned the song “Toy Soldiers,” which became a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and many other countries. In the US, "Toy Soldiers" spent two weeks at #1 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Two additional releases also went Top 40 in the US: "More Than You Know" and "I Feel the Earth Move". The album was certified Gold in the US in 1989, and sold 3 million copies worldwide.

In 1990, she wrote and recorded the song “Blue Eyes are Sensitive to the Light” for the soundtrack to the film Arachnophobia. The producers of the album did not like her vocals and so the song was re-recorded by Sara Hickman for the film..

In 1991, Martika was approached by Prince to record some of his tracks. Among these was her second US Top 10 single, Love... Thy Will Be Done, which also became a Top 10 hit in the UK and #1 in Australia. Her second album, Martika's Kitchen, peaked at #111 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, and the title track received only minor airplay and reached #93 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart. However, the album was a bigger success abroad, though on a lesser scale than her debut, spawning further hits with the songs “Coloured Kisses” and “Temptation”. In 1997, a greatest hits album entitled The Best of Martika: More Than You Know was released. It achieved sales figures of over 500,000 copies internationally.

During the 2000 explosion of Latin pop music, Martika re-emerged into the music world, singing backing vocals on various projects and contributing lyrics to releases by other artists. In 2001, she released a remix of a newly self-recorded song called "The Journey". The song had 5,000 hits as a free download on mp3.com’s music service. Eventually, however, her website was shut down, the album never materialized.

In 2003, Martika joined forces with her husband, musician Michael Mozart, to form the band Oppera. Adopting a latin pop sound, she and Mozart released Oppera’s debut album Violince in 2004. That same year rapper Eminem used a sample of her biggest U.S. hit, “Toy Soldiers”, for “Like Toy Soldiers”, a track on his album Encore which entered at number one in the United Kingdom. In response, Martika’s British Greatest Hits album was repackaged with its title altered to Toy Soldiers: The Best of Martika.

Oppera released a self-titled second album in 2005. Martika promoted Oppera's release with a Borders bookstore tour.

In 2010, Martika, now going under the stage name Vida Edit, starred as Lolly Pop and co-produced a web-based television action program J8ded. In October 2011, Martika stopped using the stage name Vida Edit and launched a new personal website. She began uploading video blogs promising an upcoming album. In November 2011, she announced the new album would be released on February 12, 2012 and would be primarily house and dance music, and that it is titled "The Mirror Ball".

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