Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem” video

Lana Del Rey’s love affair with America, money, and true love (possibly not in that particular order) continues with her song “National Anthem”.  The video, directed by Anthony Mandler, opens with a reenactment of Marilyn Monroe’s breathily sung, celebratory “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” tribute to John F. Kennedy, with Lana onstage in place of … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Current media sensation Lana Del Rey just released her fatalistically-titled album Born To Die at the end of January and she’s riding high on a lively worldwide wave of hype and backlash, with her album debuting at #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart and at #1 on the U.K., Irish, and French charts. Contrary to the reactionary rumors found online, … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die video

As was mentioned in the two previous reviews of Lana Del Rey’s videos “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”, Lana mania has been building up in the blogosphere for quite some time as the world awaits the imminent release of her album Born To Die.  In the meantime, a constrained Lana warbled through a couple of disappointing performances on Saturday Night … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans” video

Guess what?  Lana Del Rey has quite the backstory which is missing from her press releases… Née Elizabeth Grant, she released a 3-track EP titled Kill Kill in 2009 under the name Lizzy Grant, and also created an album called Nevada that was either put out and subsequently withdrawn (How does that happen?!) or never released to the public.  The … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” video

Now-ubiquitous YouTube sensation Lana Del Rey, who hasn’t even released a debut album yet, is shooting to fame based on the strength of the video for her song “Video Games”.  The self-made video, which has over 6 million-and-counting views on YouTube, features lots of close-ups of Lana intercut with California-centric found footage and faded home … [Read more...]