Saturday, December 7, 2019

Fwd: Lana Del Rey’s career explains a shift in how we think about pop stars - Vox

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From: joe

Lana Del Rey was a fluke.

Prior to her SNL performance, people were trying to find out everything about the mystery woman who was Lana Del Rey. 

What they were decided afterward was that Lana Del Rey was nothing but a stage name for seeming spoiled rich girl Lizzy Grant, who had released an album titled Lana Del Rey in 2010 that was quickly pulled from digital retailers and streaming. 

"Rather than being an outsider struggling for recognition, 

Del Rey is in fact the daughter of a millionaire father who has backed her career," the Guardian wrote in January 2012. 

"People were suspicious of the way Grant's failed album, and all her social media websites, appeared to have been scrubbed from the internet just before Del Rey appeared." 

Del Rey's poor SNL performance gave critics reason to dig into her history in search of more ways to justify their disdain, and that brought more attention to Lizzy Grant. 

These two performances were proof that her prior failed music career wasn't a fluke and that her true talent was all image. 

The SNL performance became a cultural moment. 

As the Ringer pointed out in its review of Norman Fucking Rockwell!, the event seems overblown, looking back: 

It got to the point where NBC News's Brian Williams emailed Gawker owner Nick Denton and told him to have the blog punish Del Rey more. 

"Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night 

— booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show's history, for starters)," Williams wrote.

But Del Rey, talking to Rolling Stone three days after SNL, maintained that she felt fine.

"There's backlash about everything I do," Del Rey said. "It's nothing new. 

When I walk outside, people have something to say about it. 

It wouldn't have mattered if I was absolutely excellent.

 People don't have anything nice to say about this project. I'm sure that's why you're writing about it." 

Even if she failed to see her SNL set as a setback, Del Rey was memed into immortality, and SNL itself even spoofed her — portraying her as a sexy dummy just weeks after she performed:

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