Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Scandalous Lana Del Rey [music]

Apparently I am a little slow on the uptake, but I just heard Lana Del Rey's hit single Video Games and instantly was a fan. I don't know if it was the tubular bells at the beginning, the cinematic orchestration and the snare drum that starts at 2:32, or the video that won me over, but I am a fan of it all.

The music blogosphere is in uproar, accusing Lana of being a "fraud" and a creation of lawyers and music company moguls. Sure, Lana Del Ray is a stage name (a combination of Lana Turner and Ford Del Rey), but many celebrities use stage names. Whoopi Goldberg's real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson and nobody is accusing ole' Whoopie of being a fraud.

She won a Q Award this past October and her single "Video Games" was Song of the Year pre-release, and her first UK show sold out in 30 seconds. Apparently some people must like her, even if the music blogosphere doesn't.

Who cares if she is a product of the music industry? It's not like the music industry has never invented a “product” before – why the big scam over Lana? And who cares if she sounds like Betty Boop in her interviews?

Lana previously released an album under her real name, Lizzy Grant. Now do you see why she changed it?

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