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 »
Who from the cast of American Horror Story has the chops to cover Lana Del Rey during upcoming season Freak Show? Why, the Supreme, of course, Jessica Lange…at least according to a hinting tweet posted by AHS show runner Ryan Murphy.
A fan of the show tweeted at Murphy last night, “I’ve been a loyal viewer but I am OUT on this one…between trailers and your comments, it is more than I can handle ” This prompted Murphy to respond with the following: “Tina, don’t be afraid! The clown is scary, true. But don’t you wanna see Jessica Lange sing a Lana Del Rey song?” More »
Lana Del Rey‘s morose ballad “Ultraviolence” is possibly the year’s least likely candidate for a club overhaul but that didn’t stop Aussie DJ Hook N Sling transforming it into a veritable EDM monster, which has already racked up more than one million streams (and counting). The gloomy diva’s unexpectedly great floorfiller now has a suitably dark and demented video.
Acclaimed visual artist Ego chops and crops the original video into twisted acid trip that finds Lana walking against a backdrop of stars and roses. There are also spinning instruments and a kaleidoscope of bright colors. The complete re-imagining of “Ultraviolence” works surprisingly well and will no doubt satisfy fans hungry for another house detour like 2013′s “Summertime Sadness”. Watch up top. More »
Given her somber songs, general fascination with death and obsession with the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown, Lana Del Rey‘s upcoming shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles could be the ultimate setting to hear her music. The 29-year-old, who recently cancelled shows in Europe due to illness, will perform two special shows at the unlikely venue on October 17 and 18.
The gloomy diva will perform songs from chart-topping sophomore set Ultraviolence and, no doubt, throw in a couple of old gems. The opportunity to hear tunes like “Born To Die” and “Fucked My Way Up To The Top” in close proximity to the dearly departed is pretty irresistible, so make sure to get in early. The fan pre-sale starts on September 24 at 7pm (PST), followed by the public on-sale on September 27 at 12pm PST. Find more info after the jump. More »
“Ultraviolence” is probably the least club-friendly song released in 2014. A seething ballad with domestic violence-referencing lyrics, the title track of Lana Del Rey‘s latest LP doesn’t exactly make you want to get up and dance. Not that stopped Cedric Gervais from turning “Summertime Sadness” into a crossover club smash in 2013. But still. It just seems… wrong.
Kudos then to Hook N Sling for doing the (seemingly) impossible. The Australian DJ gave “Ultraviolence” an extensive house overhaul that transformed Lana’s meandering tale of woe into upbeat club fodder way back in July. That version was relatively brief — clocking in at just three minutes — but now you can enjoy an extended version. Listen to the fast and furious LDR remix after the jump. More »
We’re all sending good vibes over to Lana Del Rey right now.
Following the cancellation of her planned Live Lounge appearance on BBC Radio 1 in London earlier this week, the Ultraviolence beauty has just cancelled the remainder of her promotional activities planned throughout Europe as a result of an illness, including two private concerts for Virgin Radio listeners in Paris.
“For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days,” a rep from Universal reportedly said in a statement. More »
Lana Del Rey
‘s Fashion cover
arrived way back in July (along with a portion of the accompanying interview) but more pictures from the glamorous shoot have finally surfaced online. After presenting a more casual, low-key look for most of the Ultraviolence
era, it’s great to see the 29-year-old all dolled up again. It’s like a mini-Born To Die
The 10-page spread (where are the other pics?) appears to be have been photographed in an old mansion or elegant country house. There’s a smoldering pic of Lana grasping a bedpost and a couple of her posing outside against stone walls. She looks amazing in all of them but the snap of her rocking the royal blue cape from the cover wins. See it for yourself after the jump. More »
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!
With summer coming to an end, it’s time now for the fashion and lifestyle magazines to flaunt our favorite pop stars in the fiercest, most fashion-forward looks of the season. After Nicole Scherzinger took the crown for the August’ 14 spread, who will reign supreme across the much-coveted September issue assortment? More »
Lana Del Rey
has opted for a grittier, more organic look in most of her magazine pictorials
this year — she even took the photos herself
! — but the “Ultraviolence”
singer exudes glamor on the cover of Fashion
. She rocks a royal blue coat with dazzling gold detail and serves serious model face. It’s like the Born To Die
era all over again.
The 29-year-old talks about wanting to settle down and have kids in the accompanying interview. “I would love to find someone I could share my life with and be married to,” Lana reveals. “I would love children, too. Hopefully they’re not as bad as I am.” She also talks about the usual stuff (her struggle with fame and success) but it’s nice to discover a softer side to pop’s darkest diva. See another pic from her Fashion shoot after the jump. More »
Recently releasing a little teaser
of her video for Ultraviolence
title-track, brooding songstress Lana Del Rey
finally brings us the full-cut of the gloriously moody visual via Noisey
Filmed on a seemingly battered-up Super 8, the grainy video keeps with the dazed ’60s ambiance that Lana so effortlessly puts forth. LDR, donning a short, white dress complete with a white veil and a bouquet of flowers, moseys along in a forest, wistfully singing the song’s lyrics, occasionally sucking the finger’s of her beloved, and even stopping to sensually eat an orange in the blazing sun. However, when she makes her way to the church and up to the empty alter, the mood suddenly changes to an uneasy loneliness that is almost too heartbreaking to bear. Alas, the man behind the camera, or who she was supposed to marry for that matter, remains a mystery. But, perhaps, we were just never meant to find that out. More »