10 Reasons Why Lana Del Ray is Ultra-AmazingYear of Lana
Lana Del Rey’s new album “Ultraviolence” is on fire right now, and we’re learning new amazing things about the songstress every day.
When Rolling Stone first interviewed Lana Del Rey, they had a lot of great material from her interview, so they decided to write another article about all the amazing things Del Rey said that they couldn’t fit in their first cover story. We love the songstress, and this extra info just affirms that. So, here are 10 brand new reasons we love Lana Del Rey:
1. She’s a true romantic.
She loves the relationships she’s been in, but they’ve been challenging. “It’s been beautiful…but it’s been confusing, because when that's your prerogative, things don't end in a traditional way,” she says. “You don't have that traditional relationship where maybe you go out with couples at night, or you do normal things. It's more of an extension of the creative process. There's high-impact events that happen, or big adventures, or big fallouts. So it's inspiring, and it's not grounding, but it's what I need to keep going."
2. She admits that she’s had stage fright. (She’s only human!)
She cites Cat Power as an inspiration when performing on stage in those early days. "She was a person who really meant a lot to me, just knowing that it was okay to start your performance with your back to the audience, at first, if you really couldn't face it. I mean, a lot of the time I just really felt like, 'I'm not really sure if I can do it.' But I mean, I've gotten better."
3. Shes loves Guns N’ Roses, which is awesome, because so do we.
"Axl is perfect. He's exactly what I thought he would be. He's an inspiration. He goes on stage for three-and-a-half hours every night, you know? He doesn't get tired, “ she says. “It's amazing. Stamina.”
4. She handles critique with grace and humility.
When her friend Juliette Lewis had some less than positive things to say about Del Rey’s SNL performance on Twitter, the singer just brushed it off.
Del Rey explained, "I was actually friends with her before that but she didn't know it was me on TV...I had been more blonde before or something. She called me and was like, 'Oh, I'm so sorry.' But we got over it. Because the truth is, we're birds of a feather in a way. In the end, we thought it was really funny."
5. She’s upfront about her detractors and those who misunderstand her lyrics.
When people said her first hit song “Video Games” wasn’t emotionally healthy, she also brushed that off.
She explained, "I didn't understand how that arose any kind of feminist commentary, because all I was saying was, 'I'm so happy when you get home, and heaven is a place on earth with you. I've never been happier.' I didn't understand any reason why that sounded submissive, to me. In fact, I actually thought that at such a young age, I was blessed to find someone who made me so happy. And I just didn't understand why true love shouldn't be the end-all, be-all.”
We love that, since art is art and should be afforded some fluidity in analysis. We love Lana Del Rey’s lyrical candidness!
7. She has a pretty interesting creative process.
When working with her producer Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, she described what she wanted in the album with colors and abstractions, which we think is pretty amazing. And we totally feel the “blue fire.”
"I would explain things to him in terms of colors and touchstone words…My word for the record was 'fire,' you know, blue fire, when a flame gets so hot it goes from red to blue. And I told him I wanted everything to sound like it was in the key of blue.”
By the way, we totally feel the “blue fire” in her album “Ultraviolence.”
8. She played the NYC music circuit early on in her career, by way of a scholarship.
Lady Gaga’s manager Bob Leone was a friend of Del Reys, who gave her a great opportunity. (And she totally deserved it!)
“He gave me a two-month scholarship to a songwriting class and put me on a list of Monday night lineups at the Cutting Room.”
9. She’s got some pretty deep feelings...and knows how to express them.
Even though Del Rey is described as “sad” more often than not, we should remember that she’s a person with many emotions, just like anyone else!
"I'm happy when things are just kind of calm. I love going to the ocean. I love driving. I love going to shows. Just being with people I really have fun with. I love the summer. I'm happy in the summer. Love hot, hot weather. I'm happy when I'm making a record, most of the time,” she says.
10. She totally entertains the idea of Kanye West playing at her wedding, considering she played at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s.
"That'd be amazing...I should've put that in a contract,” she says.
We’d love to see a video of that!
Here’s to you, Lana Del Rey! We’re already pressing repeat on “Ultraviolence.”
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