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Music For An "It" Girl's Soul: Lana Del Rey

Saturday, December 31, 2011
I am a music junkie. But, like I am in declaring my "It" Girls, I tend to be selective with the artists who receive heaviest rotation on my iPod. Imagine my delight when an artist comes along to not only capture my ear, but an "It" Girl title, as well.

Spellbinding and soulful, Lana Del Rey has been dubbed "Nicki Minaj in Lana Turner's body" by The Guardian and the "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" by herself. New fans may not be aware that she released an EP under the name Lizzy Grant in 2010, yet the buzz surrounding the songstress, who was born in New York City, grew up in Lake Placid and now lives in London, seemingly came out of nowhere this year. Many would credit her breakout tune "Video Games" as a star-making moment, catapulted by being featured on the CW's Gossip Girl and Ringer.

Lana performs "Video Games" live at the The Premises studio in London

"Video Games" is certainly a brilliant song, and Lana only made me fall more in love with the release of the second single and title track of her debut studio album (released worldwide on January 31), "Born To Die." The white Antonio Berardi dress and flower crown she wears while sitting in a throne next to two tigers solidified her cool factor in my book.

As my "It" Girls often do, Lana also has a tie with fashion — Christopher Kane and Emilio de la Morena chose her music to accompany their spring/summer 2012 shows. Regarding her personal style, she told Vogue UK her labels of preference include Chanel and Versace, and she calls her individual look "Ghetto Monégasque."

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2011 has been a dazzling year for Ms. Del Rey, only enhanced by the fact that her first show in the UK sold out in 13 minutes and she has been hot among press (as a sampling, Rolling StoneComplexNME and W Magazine have featured her). Proving her star is only beginning to shine, Vogue UK included her in their 2012 Hot List and she is slated to be the musical guest on the January 14 episode of Saturday Night Live.

I can't wait to get my hands on the "Born To Die" album and watch this "It" Girl blossom in the forthcoming year. 
1 comment on "Music For An "It" Girl's Soul: Lana Del Rey"
  1. It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom.