Lana Del Rey On US Success: “I’ve Had Such A Hand Up In My Face”

Published: Tuesday 20th Aug 2013 by David

As far as Pop newbies go, very few are as polarising as Lana Del Rey.

Hailed as a refreshing alternative to today’s loud and abrasive trends by some, while billed as a vocal wreck by the others, the last year saw the performer struggle to soar in her domestic market but score many wins in Europe.

Now, in assessing her current Pop positioning, the ‘Off to the Races’ belle has spoken openly with Radio.com.

What she had to say for herself?

Find out below!

On being a celebrated as a role model:

“Wow. Well, my reaction is that it’s pretty surreal considering I didn’t have a great welcoming into the American public eye. I kind of feel lucky enough to have written those songs for myself and to tell my own story to myself. I think it’s important to be a witness to your own life through writing. And for me, I thought that would be where it’s really going to end because I’m not going to be accepted — that is my fate.

 

But I’ve learned to go along with things. I toured all over Europe, which was totally madness — a lot of people, big crowds. I was kind of leading a double life, cause I’d come home to America and things were very quiet — I’d go about my day and take care of my brother and sister who live with me. So in a way, I’m just glad that nothing’s going wrong.”

“I think the good thing is, I do actually aim to live my life with grace and dignity, if anyone felt like emulating it. I know I look a certain way sometimes, or cast a certain vibe. But I really don’t like to be in trouble. I like to live a good life, it is important to me.”

On her West coast inspired new album:

“I’m writing songs that I really like right now. They’re really low-key and stripped back, all sort of West Coast inspired. The further along I’ve gotten, the more I stay working with like the same four people. Like Dan [Daniel Heath, who co-wrote “Blue Jeans”], who’s not into pop music but rather, a composer for scores and studied under Hans Zimmer. Him and my boyfriend Barrie [Barrie-James O’Neill, of Glasgow folk-rock band Kassidy]. But I want to work with Lou Reed, and I’d like to kind of keep things low-key and cool.”

On the success of “Summertime Sadness”:

“It just reinforces the fact that… not that nothing really matters, but that other people’s opinions don’t really matter because it can change on a dime. And if people are so ready to change, maybe they don’t have the strongest character. I’m not as interested in flip-floppers. I kind of feel blessed the more I go along. I have a young brother and sister, and it’s gotten really basic for me and become about the family. How are we all going to live together if I’m on the road? Are they going to come with me? Will I ever go home again? Probably not.

My new product manager, whom I’d never met before, brought me a SoundScan to show me that “Summertime Sadness” was being spun, a lot of times in L.A. and in New York. It kind of just doesn’t feel like it’s mine, ‘cause I’ve had such a hand up to my face for so long.”

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  1. CIARA FAN August 20, 2013

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    • RIHEVEMBER IS COMING SOON TO DESTROY ALL YOUR F***** ASS FAVES SO JUST DEAL AND BE PRESSED. August 20, 2013

      That is the face i had when i saw those first week sales of “CIARA” you f***** h**.

  2. CIARA FAN August 20, 2013

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  3. CIARA FAN August 20, 2013

    You’re a loser Lana!
    “plays ciara Im Out”

    • YES August 20, 2013

      Ciara would be ashamed of you she is a big fan of Lana.

      • Ever.Green August 20, 2013

        You seem pretty sad “Ciara Fan’. You’re very sad, or a internet troll, which are one-in-the-same when you think about it. Hope you feel better about yourself soon.

  4. Shauwndapooh August 20, 2013

    I love her music i like how she keeps her music ‘low key’ very underrated in the us

  5. Shauwndapooh August 20, 2013

    Wht is that ciara stan in her like she topping the charts lana will.probly outsell ciara career with her srcond ciara sold about 10 million records that just sad ciara will become a backup dancer for riri or bey soon anyway

    • FAF August 20, 2013

      idk what you talking about but Lana has not sold 5mil copies ciara has sold 10mil WW

  6. cake like lady gaga August 20, 2013

    no sane person cares about Lana though, you gotta be a psychotic loser with no friends to stan for this wannabe

    NEXT

    • Queen Navy August 20, 2013

      Funny you would say that considering most of Gaga’s suicidal fans are socially awkward losers themselves that desperately cling to her because she told them that it was okay to be a weirdo (so long as you buy her music.)

      • Common Sense August 20, 2013

        I see no lies.

  7. . : : h 2 o : : . August 20, 2013

    It’s much more important to be successful around the world than the states …

    • ABC August 20, 2013

      But Americans want to be successful in their home country. I’m sure her stock in the states will go up after The Grammys.

  8. ABC August 20, 2013

    The only hand shes had in her face was her plastic surgeons

  9. JJFan1814 August 20, 2013

    I loooooooove this woman. I’ve gotten so many friends stuck on her too! Quality music seems to prevail, especially given the freshness of her discography’s production and lyrics.

    Hurry up album #2!

  10. Common Sense August 20, 2013

    Very admirable words. Makes me want to give her music another shot, as I can always appreciate a good score. Let’s hope she stays humble unlike a certain pop star who’s head is cemented up her own ass despite her lack of originality.

  11. Sterling Infinity Fan August 20, 2013

    them lips could get it!!

  12. FAF August 20, 2013

    LOL @ shawundapoo a ghetto impoverished typo filled mess

    and DEATH @ these myspace graphics Ciara stan is posting. Killing meeeee!

  13. Krista August 20, 2013

    I love Lana personally.

  14. Suicide Blonde August 20, 2013

    I’m in love with her, i like my girls insane.

  15. Beyawnce August 20, 2013

    I love her soooo much ♡ , she’s so humble and sweet .

  16. WINTZ August 20, 2013

    That bee on her lip is disturbing… that is all.

  17. Rosie August 20, 2013

    I see the haters were the first in here as usual. No life whatsoever. But as the same time it’s refreshing to see support for Lana here at TGJ.
    I think the rest of the year/2014 will be very good to her.

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