Lana Del Rey, 'Video Games'
Late last year, there were whispers of a mysterious starlet with the grace of old Hollywood and a voice to hypnotise into submission - the talent that was Lana Del Rey emerged. Sultry and soothing, her music and homemade videos certainly filled a hole that many had in their musical hearts (see the "Video Games" video above). She was fresh and unique and drew you in with her self-styled “gangster Nancy Sinatra” meets Lolita chic.
However, lately her authenticity has been called into question, and her past has seemed to have caught up with her. It seems that she previously released an album under the name "Lizzy Grant" which did not do too well and has since inexplicably disappeared from iTunes. Now, little trace is found online of Lizzy Grant’s music and background. It also seems that she has a millionaire father; something people are sure is the only reason why she has become a success. Furthermore, she has also had plastic surgery. "Quelle surprise! An unauthentic musician again!" people are shouting.
But I say "So what?!" So what if her father is rich? It doesn’t mean that he helped her career. Even if he did, that in my mind is the equivalent to giving your child vocal lessons and then showing them off on an endorsed show like The X-Factor – it’s just a little less sordid. So what if she shed "Lizzy Grant" for "Lana Del Rey" and has had surgery? In her business, this is simply rebranding and reshaping (for example Reg Dwight became Elton John, not to mention Madonna's rebranding throughout the decades). I mean, no one was in too much of an uproar when the cleaning brand "Jif" changed its name to "Cif." What gets me is that Lana Del Rey won the Q Award for "Next Big Thing" and has appeared in numerous "Top 10 Things to Look Forward to in 2012" lists; yet even before her album was released on January 31st of this year, many had forgotten about her music in favour for rumour-mill gossip. I really feel that Miss Rey should be judged by her music and her current and future actions alone. After all, if we were all judged solely on our past, who - apart from Mother Theresa - can honestly say they’d be looked upon favourably? Del Rey’s album does have a few filler tracks but on the whole its melodic sounds and resonance can give you goose bumps. The music business is already a gory business. We shouldn’t be trying to deflate anyone, especially females, if we can help it.
Girl Museum Inc.