Lana Del Rey is out with the music video to her new single ‘West Coast’, the lead release from the American pop singer’s third studio album ‘Ultraviolence’, out June 13th via Polydor Records and Interscope Records. Watch it via YouTube below.
Lana Del Rey visited with Rozz of 98.7 FM in Singapore on Thursday (October 25), talking with the deejay about how she’s never photographed with a smile on her face, how she keeps her hair so smooth, the future of her “die young” tattoo if she has a long life, the frequent usage of the word “paradise”, why she dropped her real name Elizabeth “Lizzy” Grant and dubbed herself Lana Del Rey, and not being a fan of digital.
On not being someone who smiles, she said, “I just find that I’m more of a contemplative person and so I’m actually really happy, but I find when I’m thinking most of the time it just doesn’t really lend to a smile. Actually, nobody has ever asked me to smile in their pictures. They want me to seem sad, so it’s kind of always a sad undertone.”
Quizzed about keeping her hair smooth, she said, “I have my good friend, Anna, who comes with me to all my shows and she uses a lot of (unintelligible) products and lots of oil. That’s pretty much it, really.”
Asked what she’d do about her “die young” tattoo if she gets old, Lana said, “I decided that I would just use it as an inspiration to live everyday like it was my last day, even if I keep on going. It’s more of an inspiration to stay young in my mind, even when I feel tired and old.”
Questioned about her use of the word “paradise” in her album name, lyrics and her tattoo, she said, “For me, every so often I find a word or a place that really speaks to me. I believe words are sacred. They’re the one thing that translates across all the spectrums of humanity, so I believe in the power of really loving words or really, in my case, I love really tropical words. Kind of words that suggest a really heavenly afterlife, like heaven or paradise, so I just really love words that have an exotic ring to it, and I kind of try and incorporate it into my music in hopes of manifesting my actual surroundings to be as beautiful as those words.”
Discussing why she changed her name from Lizzy Grant to Lana Del Ray, she explained, “Because I wanted to have a name that was as beautiful as the music I was going to make. (Lizzy Grant) just never personally spoke to me. Yeah, for me it just didn’t feel like it was mine. I didn’t feel like it belonged to me. I kind of decided that I would be the one that decided what my name was and I would decide where I lived and I would decide what I would do. I just never deny my creative urges when it comes to my short videos or the record. I just have a really strong instinct sonically.”
On making ’70s era music videos, she said, “I think because I really am inspired by the texture that film used to have. Instead of a new digital empty atmosphere, things end up looking vintage when I do them, because I always use film to film the videos, because I just believe in the quality of having a physical conduct between what you’re shooting and what gets translated. I just really love texture, the way can record tape. It’s also a better mechanism.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Kate Mullins of The Puppini Sisters checked in with fans on the a cappella trio’s Facebook earlier this morning, showing some sympathy towards Lana Del Ray after her performance over the weekend on ‘SNL’ in promotion of her debut album ‘Born To Die’. Kate writes:
Feel a bit sorry for all the backlash Lana Del Ray is getting from her performance on Saturday Night Live. She looked terrified! How is anyone supposed to live up to the level of hype she’s had? K xxx
Lana Del Rey has confirmed upcoming performances on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on February 2nd and on ‘The Ellen DeGeners Show’ later in February (airdate TBC) following the release of her debut album ‘Born To Die’ on January 31st via Interscope Records. Lana makes her U.S. TV debut on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend (January 14). ‘Born To Die’ is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon. Lana will announce U.S. and international spring tour dates soon.
‘Born To Die’ Tracklist (Standard)
1. Born To Die
2. Off To The Races
3. Blue Jeans
4. Video Games
5. Diet Mountain Dew
6. National Anthem
7. Dark Paradise
10. Million Dollar Man
11. Summertime Sadness
12. This Is What Makes Us Girls
Deluxe Bonus Tracks (Digital)
13. Without You
15. Lucky Ones
Lana Del Rey will make her U.S. television debut as musical guest on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ on January 14th in advance of her new album ‘Born To Die’, which is released January 31st on Interscope Records. The host of ‘SNL’ that evening will be Daniel Radcliffe.
Lana Del Rey is out with the music video to her new single ‘Born To Die’, the title track off the New York City pop singer’s debut album, out January 31st on Interscope Records. Watch it via YouTube below.
Lana Del Rey announced the release of her debut album ‘Born To Die’ on January 31, 2012 on Interscope Records. Lana’s first single ‘Video Games’ hit the #1 position up on release on iTunes in 9 countries, including the UK, Australia, Holland and France.
Lana says, “The songs I’ve written are an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side.”
Lana will soon release a new music video for the title-track, ‘Born To Die’, conceived by Lana and directed by Woodkid.
Lana Del Rey has released a new live performance video of her breakthrough single ‘Video Games’, backed only by a piano player, recorded at The Premises in London, England. Watch it via YouTube below.
Lana Del Rey released a music video for ‘Blue Jeans’, the B-side from her debut single ‘Video Games’. Watch it via YouTube below. ‘Video Games’ will be released by Stranger Records October 10 on limited edition 7″ vinyl picture disc and October 11th via all major digital retailers.
The Lake Placid, New York native sold-out both her debut New York City and Los Angeles shows on September 21st and 27th respectively, in just a few hours. Stay tuned for more updates.
Lana Del Rey is out with the music video to her debut single ‘Video Games’, which will be released with the B-side ‘Blue Jeans’ by Stranger Records on October 9th via all major digital retailers. Watch the self-made video below.
Lana Del Rey grew up in Lake Placid on the outer edges of New York State, where her unique musical style was incubated. “It has an epic, nostalgic feel. It’s in the middle of a National Park, ” Del Rey explained, “but it’s also a struggle because it’s a town built on tourism that no one goes to anymore.” At 18, she fulfilled her lifelong ambition of living in New York City. “Since I was little I knew I would end up there,” she said. “New York totally rewards me for my love of it.”