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^Mine is "This Is What Makes Us Girls".

I think that with the entire soundtrack at Dior Couture being Lana gave her such great publicity just before the release of her album.

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Hmmm... "This is What Makes Us Girls" has tinges of Fergie's "Glamourous", which detracts it's potential for me. I love "Lucky Ones" from the first note.

I don't mind that she's manufactured, she's a breath of fresh pop sound and imagery from all these silly desperate girls with tacky Halloween costumes doing outdated europop. I really do love that the imagery and themes she weaves throughout her music is constantly of classic Americana: of prom queens, trailer-park escapades, gorgeous delinquents, and mid-west teenage ennui. In that respect, Born To Dies works perfectly as a sweetly haunting soundtrack to some yet-to-be-produced great movie.

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Love, the law, and Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has been praised, sued and vilified - all before her album hits the shelves. But the US star says she's more concerned by the global financial crisis than her critics.

Last year, with almost no fanfare, a song called Video Games popped up on YouTube.

An achingly beautiful piano ballad by an unknown singer, it had been rejected by almost every record company that heard it.

The song was too long, they said, too melancholy. And it needed drums if it was to get any radio play.

Lana Del Rey didn't believe any of them. She persuaded a tiny independent label to release the song, and created the promo clip at home on her MacBook.

Twenty-two million views later, she's got a major label deal, a contract with Next Model management, and is about to release one of the most-anticipated albums of 2012.

So who is Lana Del Rey?

She was born Elizabeth Grant in New York City 25 years ago. Raised in the Winter Olympics venue of Lake Placid, she was surrounded by a "really big family" and had started studying philosophy when, aged 18, her uncle taught her "six basic chords" on the guitar.

The singer has only played a handful of gigs so far but plans a full tour later this year
"It was G, C, A," she recalls, absent-mindedly stretching her fingers into the chord formations. "It was D minor, A minor and some diminished chord as well. Some trick, some shortcut.

"I realised I could probably write a million songs with those six chords - so I moved to New York and I took a couple of years to just write whatever I wanted."

She had an early stab at recording an album - 2008's Lizzy Grant aka Lana Del Ray - which was made for $10,000 (£6,000) with Paul McCartney and Regina Spektor's producer David Kahne.

But it was never formally released, popping up on iTunes for two months in 2010 before quietly disappearing.

"I had signed to an independent label but they couldn't fund the release of it," says Del Rey.

"People act like it's so shrouded in mystery, the 'forgotten terrible album'.

"But if you look on YouTube, all 13 tracks are available with millions of views, so it's not like no-one's heard them.

"We were all proud of it. It's pretty good."

The singer recently bought back the rights to the record, and says: "I'm re-releasing it, maybe in late summer."

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People talk about me being an anti-feminist because of that song”

Lana Del Rey on the response to Video Games
Her major label debut, Born To Die, refines the formula set out on that early material.

A sweeping epic of doomed love affairs and bruised glamour, it could be the lost soundtrack to a film noir.

Del Rey's vocals have a cinematic quality, too. One minute, she's a breathy femme fatale; the next, a languorous, sultry diva: Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich competing for control of the microphone.

In person, however, the singer is more down-to-earth.

Softly-spoken and doe-eyed, she comes from a close-knit family. Her left hand is tattooed with a capital letter "M" for her grandmother, Madeleine.

And while her lyrics revel in seedy romance ("he loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart") they were largely inspired by a single, happy relationship.

"I never thought I'd have the luxury of loving someone and being loved," says Del Rey. "But when it happened, it really was what they talked about in the movies."

The video game referenced in Del Rey's song turns out to be online role-playing game World Of Warcraft
The affair was so all-consuming that Del Rey "let go of my musical ambitions" and "settled" into a life of domesticity.

In Video Games, she is completely smitten: "He holds me in his big arms. Drunk and I am seeing stars. This is all I think of."

"People talk about me being an anti-feminist because of that song," the singer says.

"They think it's coming from a place of submissiveness. But in reality it was more about coming together and doing your own things happily in the same living space."

The relationship eventually ended but Del Rey doesn't mind revisiting the memories.

"You should honour love, even when it's lost," she says.

"I've been separated from various things and people in my life that I wanted to stay close to. By staying calm and being strong, I was honouring the memory of those things and those people.

"I'm proud of that, and I continue to do that."

Legal troubles
After Video Games became a break-out hit last October, Del Rey was snapped up in a joint UK/US deal by Polydor Records and Interscope - the latter of which is home to Lady Gaga and Madonna.

The main benefit was the sudden availability of a copyright lawyer.

Lana Del Rey wrote the bulk of her new album in the UK
"I got sued over the video for Video Games," Del Rey explains. "That was a bad day. A million views and it got wiped out."

The video had been cut together from faded, vintage footage the singer found on YouTube. She had assumed it was free. It turned out to be a legal headache.

"So now I have a specialist who reaches out to get permission when I make a video."

But there are also disadvantages to working with two of the world's biggest record companies.

Some of the people who championed Del Rey early in her career have turned their backs on the singer, accusing her of selling out.

To them, authenticity and pop are separate sides in an inexplicable and unwinnable musical cold war.

They have attacked her professionally, accusing her of not writing her own songs, and personally, claiming she's had plastic surgery.

"My publicists, in their long career, say they have never seen someone be more fictionalised," sighs Del Rey.

But the singer insists she's unfazed by the criticism.

"I know what people say about me and I'm not really that concerned, because those kind of problems I'm not really interested in.

"I'm concerned about the potential collapse of the euro, the state of the global economy. We have serious problems.

"Of course I hope the record does really well but, regardless of how things end up turning out, I'm not concerned about my future. I'll be OK."

Born To Die is released by Polydor in the UK on 30 January.

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I've never heard of this girl till i saw the SNL performance,I check it because everyone was saying it was so bad. And honestly i didn't thought it was that bad, just because she doesn't go into histrionics like the likes of Beyonce, it doesn't mean it doesn't have it's charm.

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I really like National anthem,especially the chorus.

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Originally Posted by MulletProof View Post
I wasn't impressed by her image or music and her SNL performance didn't help but her voice sounds beautiful on BBC Radio.. very natural and honest (adjectives I didn't associate her with at all).

Thanks for all the work and keeping this so active, ana!
Honestly i have such a love/hate relationship with her, its so unhealthy! I mean the girl can sing, she proved it in several live performances like on Jools Holland, but then she goes on Ross and SNL and its like, is this the same person? Just to come back and sound like an angel on BBC Radio. So i think it must be stage fright that gets to her, or lack of experience on this scale, or maybe she does work better in smaller controlled environment, and her management is forcing it.

It sure does seem like its an open season on Lana Del Rey, people are pretty hard core with their hate.

I have to listen to her album more, but on first time, i do love Carmen, Million Dollar Man, Summertime Sadness, and This is What Makes Us Girls....

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Im in love with "Dark Paradise" and also the álbum version of "Diet Montain Dew".
All the musics are perfect. This must be the best record this year and it will be one of the best ones of 2012 for sure.

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Performing in Milan:

With Anna Dello Russo:

we are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams. wandering by lone sea breakers and sitting by desolate streams. world losers and world forsakers, on whom the pale moon gleams. yet we are the movers and shakers of the world for ever it seems
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I'm in love with "Dark Paradise" too, but can't point a favorite. I've actually (as it frequently happens with many artists) warmed up to the album versions. I think that in the end it does make sense that they changed "Lolita". It fits more the rest of the album, and also (I've read this in one of the album reviews, can't remember which) it fits more her type of performance indeed. The demo version is more rockabilly-ish and, at least in my mind, it "requires" a girl dancing and shaking her skirt, which is very un-Lana.
Originally Posted by Niusity View Post
Wonderful performance at BBC Radio. Why does she always sing Video Games? I thought Born to Die is the it song.
Just found out she actually did sing "Born to Die" - and God so beautifully! She seems to be really feeling the song.

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Since big part of Gaga fans are loving Lana, i think Anna Dello Russo is her newest fan!

My favourite tracks are Dark Paradise, Carmen, Diet Montain Dew and Summertime Sadness for now.

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i cannot describe how happy i am for her. i saw born to die a week ago and i fell in love with her, listened her whole album, i JUST LOVE her & the hype around her; there's something about her voice, it's so raw, unique, unusual and dark. lovelovelovelove

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Originally Posted by *ana* View Post
Radio Interview for Xfm 25012012 [Almost full]
Full interview:

Born To Die Deluxe edition:

Two more scans from Interview Russia:

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I havent't heared the demos, but I'm in love with the whole album!

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I think there tends to be 'the idea' that she gets loads of hate. But i havent really read any or seen any?.....other than what the media like to think exists.

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