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We Got The Beat: Lana Del Rey

On Lana Del Rey’s facebook page, her genre of music is listed as Hollywood Pop and Sad Core. I think that is a perfect description to have in mind when listening to her music! On songs like “Kinda Outta Luck,” the Hollywood pop tag line rings true. With a little bop and swing this song deserves a big band behind it and some stage time at the Dresden. However the song with the most buzz, “Video Games,” is more on the “sad core” side. This is the track that has earned her comparisons to The Weeknd; not bad company to be in.

Lana Del Rey (also known as Lizzy Grant) is originally from New York despite her Hollywood starlet vibe and has been working that scene for a while. Some local New Yorkers might recall the face with slightly smaller lips (part of the Hollywood treatment I’m sure). Cosmetic differences aside, her sultry voice has always been consistent and pure.

Lana Del Rey herself has very diverse tastes that come out in her music. Some of her listed influences include:
Ginsberg, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Nina Simone, Nirvana, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Sadness, Beach Boys, Antony & the Johnsons, John Waters, Mark Ryden, Marilyn Minter, Juergen Teller and Philip-Lorca diCorcia! Whoa, that’s a mighty strong list.

There is a theme in Lana’s songs that speaks of frustrated love. “Video Games” probably gets the most attention for the somber way she speaks to it with lyrics like: “He holds me in his big arms, Drunk and I am seeing stars, This is all I think of. Watching all our friends fall, In and out of Old Paul’s, This is my idea of fun, Playing video games.”

Right now Lana has a record deal in the UK with Stranger Records and is rumored to have already signed with Interscope in the states. The buzz on her is about to burst wide open with the release of two songs from her UK label next month.

Check out Lana Del Rey!

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