There’s usually a good reason why a scrapped video never sees the light of day.
In an interview on Larry King Now last year, horror director Eli Roth revealed that he’d filmed a visual featuring Ultraviolence Queen Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson. “The footage is so sick, it’s been locked in a vault for over a year,” he laughed. Today, the vault has been opened and…welp, he certainly wasn’t wrong.
The supremely unsettling footage features long takes of Manson at a very warped dinner/birthday party of sorts, complete with some fiery, lamp-breaking mayhem and a bloodied woman screaming underwater. Later on, Lana appears in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre tee, getting violently thrown onto a bed and being tearfully held down in what appears to be a terrifying moment of sexual assault.
It’s all very uncomfortable to watch, and it seems wise that the players in this mini-film, shot somewhere in between 2012 and last year, ultimately did nothing with the footage. Nevertheless, like most things, it has eventually made its way onto the Internet. Watch above if you dare, and let us know your thoughts on the scrapped collabo in the comments below. More »
Lana Del Rey (a.k.a. the reigning queen of film soundtracks) will provide two songs for Tim Burton‘s upcoming project, Big Eyes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer co-wrote and sung the title track and “I Can Fly.” Larry Karaszewski, one of the film’s producers, said this about the brooding “Shades Of Cool” diva: “Women in particular seem to get the movie, and Lana really got the movie. The whole thing is about a woman who can’t find her voice. Lana’s song expresses what Margaret is feeling so perfectly, it’s like a soliloquy of her inner thoughts.”
The Margaret he is referring to is Margaret Keane, an iconic American artist whose big-eyed paintings of children in the ’50s and ’60s were falsely credited to her husband Walter. THR also reports that it is possible one of Del Rey’s tracks could lead to an Oscar nomination. Well, let’s hope they are correct! No one wants a repeat of the unfair (and propaganda related) snub that happened with The Great Gatsby‘s “Young & Beautiful” in 2013. More »
What’s going on? First Nicki Minaj drops a Nazi-themed lyric video and now Eminem has been accused of threatening to assault Lana Del Rey in a freestyle rap. “I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice like Ray Rice in broad daylight,” the MC is quoted as saying. (He is, of course, referencing the disgraced football star’s domestic violence scandal).
Eminem’s alleged rhyme has been picked by multiple Lana Del Rey fansites but none of them have been able to cite when or where the performance took place. However, there is a Vine of the rap and it’s pretty alarming. The “Monster” hitmaker has a long history of dissing female artists but threatening an act of violence crosses the line. Check out the recording after the jump. More »
Here we go again: It’s now a week after the election and one day before Veterans Day, so it’s time for pop-loving readers to take advantage of their democratic privileges and vote! November is nearly halfway over — trust, we’re as shocked as you are — and we’re calling on Idolator readers to take a look back at 2014′s album releases so you can have a say in our annual Readers’ Poll roundup of the best ones. As usual, the editors here at Idolator are tirelessly compiling their own list of what they consider to be the best popular music had to offer over the past year. But we’re also eager to let you have your say.
Below you’ll find our readers’ poll containing 15 of the top pop albums released between January and June in 2014. In a few weeks we’ll also do one up for the key albums that arrived in the latter half of the year. And when all is said and done, we’ll boil it all down to what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.
Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.
So get to voting below, then voice up on why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »
Lana Del Rey works in mysterious ways. Promotion for her amazing Ultraviolence LP has seemingly ground to halt (apart from that unforgettable stint at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever cemetery) but she just dropped an official remix video for Maleficent theme song “Once Upon A Dream” — months after the box office smash finished its run in theaters.
At least the remix in question is a menacing masterpiece. Young Ruffian‘s dreamy/nightmarish overhaul has racked up almost one million streams on SoundCloud and is generally accepted to have achieved the impossible by making Lana’s eerie cover even spookier with a cacophony of sinister bleeps and beeps. Watch the video, which features footage from the Angelina Jolie-starring blockbuster, up top. More »
He’s churned out stellar remixes for the likes of Beyoncé‘s “XO” and “Blow,” Madison Beer‘s “Unbreakable” to Neon Jungle‘s “Trouble,” and now, remix mastermind Monsieur Adi has set his sights on Queen Lana Del Rey‘s most recent Ultraviolence single, “Brooklyn Baby.”
Adi’s gone and hollowed out the breezy contents of the original, supplying warm synth textures, twerk-friendly beats and a subtle College & Electric Youth-like ’80′s sheen. Lana’s voice has been given a makeover as well, fluttering fast above the dreamy remake. It’s the kind of remix that doesn’t entirely betray the structure of the original, but provides just enough of a beat to motivate Lana to step away from her beat poetry and go twirling out on the dance floor.
Listen to Monsieur Adi’s remix of “Brooklyn Baby” after the jump. More »
Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)
We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer MØ backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.
Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »
‘Tis the season for all things spooky, and American Horror Story: Freak Show is certainly delivering on that front — especially if you’re not here for clowns. But were you aware that Ultraviolence Queen Lana Del Rey, who just performed in a cemetery, is getting in on the terror as well?
It’s true, and here’s the proof: Jessica Lange — Elsa Mars in the show — will be singing Lana’s Paradise EP track “Gods & Monsters,” both an incredible track and a fittingly freak-friendly serving for AHS.
And, from the looks of a newly surfaced LQ preview, it’s going to be one smoky, ghoulish delight. Check out the brief teaser of Jessica Lange’s character belting out the tune after the jump. More »
Lana Del Rey cast a lingering spell over the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles last night (October 17) with the first of two surprise shows at the unusual venue. From the moment I walked through the wrought-iron gates and slowly made my way past headstones to the makeshift stage, I knew the diva’s depressing brand of indie-pop had found the perfect setting.
And the 29-year-old rose to the occasion. She casually strolled on stage looking like a ’60s beauty queen, with her Jackie O hairstyle and pretty floral dress, and kicked off the concert with Ultraviolence opener “Cruel World”. It was immediately apparent that Lana was in fine form vocally and seemed less disorientated than the last couple of times I’ve seen her perform. That song segued into Paradise EP cuts “Cola” and “Body Electric”.
Despite the quality of her new album, the Fader cover girl mostly stuck with the more familiar material from Born To Die. (Hearing the title track in the near vicinity of the dearly departed was genuinely touching). There was a smattering of new songs, however, and they all sounded great. Lana upped the tempo with a rollicking rendition “West Coast”, which got screams of approval, and enchanted with the most-slept-on single of 2014, “Ultraviolence”. More »
Austin City Limits, one of the final music bashes of the summer festival season, kicked off its first weekend with star-studded performances. Sam Smith, Chvrches and Outkast were some of the must-see acts on Friday, October 3. Saturday (October 4) saw artists like Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Rey and Eminem grace the stage. On Sunday, Chromeo brought the funk and Calvin Harris had the audience jumping with his energetic performance.
Some highlights include Smith’s acoustic version of his danceable hit with Disclosure, “Latch,” and Del Rey’s smoky take on her current single, “Ultraviolence.” Weekend two of Texas’ three-day festival will take place from October 10-12. Head down below to view selected performances from ACL’s first weekend. More »