While Europe and Asia have taken her sound to impressive commercial heights, Lana Del Rey‘s US run has been modest to say the least.
Currently hovering around the 600,000 units figure- her debut major album ‘Born To Die‘ and its supporting ‘Paradise’ were the basis of her recent discussion with ‘Fashion‘ magazine- which saw her pose for a beach based spread and speak openly on her struggle to secure critical acclaim in the US.
More interestingly though, how this has affected her ongoing battle with alcoholism.
Her words below…
“I feel like my work’s important, but I don’t always feel like I get respect for it…when I feel like people don’t like [my] music and that the 10 years I spent making what I made was not for a good reason, that makes me want to drink again.”
She went on to add:
“I don’t believe in the school of hard knocks, although I’ve had them. All that stuff about whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is so not true. Do you know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.”
Released on May 10th, her spread also saw her share:
“Feeling like you’re respected among the people who do the same thing you do is incredible and necessary.‘If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist.”
So, let us know….
Is Lana underrated?