Coachella has just revealed its 2014 lineup and, as anticipated, it’s packed with goodness, including the reunion of OutKast, who will headline along with Muse and Arcade Fire. Coachella fans will also have a chance to see Ellie Goulding, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, MGMT, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lana Del Rey and a ton more during the six day extravaganza. Check out the full lineup below. (more…)
I really tried to give Lana Del Rey the benefit of the doubt on this one. I swear. I was hoping that her half-hour long short film Tropico, an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption, wasn’t going to be another poorly“conceived attempt at grand symbolism and “deep” meaning that would inevitably force me to question why I ever derived any satisfaction from her music in the first place and would once again make me come face to face with the full scope of her guileless superficiality and lack of insight. But you know what Mick Jagger says.
So, just for the sake of convenience, even though the biblical triptych of innocence, sin, and redemption is the central conceit of the video, I’m going to ignore the overwrought and overused religious parallels that Lana cuts and pastes with bowling ball-level subtlety and focus more on her decision to include voiceovers of her reading excerpts from Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg poems, which is exactly as pretentious as it sounds.
Lana Del Rey‘s 27-minute short film, titled Tropico, has finally debuted via VEVO, and let’s just say right up front”it’s a steamy one. Portraying Del Rey as Eve in a “Biblical story of sin and redemption,” Tropico takes viewers through a seedy world of strip clubs, greed, and violence in a classic tale of indulgence gone wrong. The film also features Del Rey’s tracks “Body Electric,” “Bel Air,” and “Gods and Monsters.”
At the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night, Del Rey also announced the title of her next album would be Ultraviolence. Check out the film on VEVO right here.
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With The Great Gatsby bringing in over $50million at the box office this weekend, it doesn’t take a genius to realize the soundtrack isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We know not everyone can sneak away during a weekday to catch a movie, so today we suggest letting the video for Lana Del Rey‘s soundtrack contribution “Young & Beautiful” entertain you instead.
Thematically perfect for the themes of longing, fear, and love that run rampant throughout Gasby, “Young & Beautiful” is as fitting for the latest film adaptation as it is Del Rey’s personal catalog. Her near-whisper croon matching soothing orchestral instrumentation and thunderous percussion with lines filled with questions about what happens when young loves begins to age. The visuals match the emotional intensity of the song, but the most notable imagery is without a doubt two glittery tears placed on Del Rey’s cheek. You can view the clip below.
The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby is in stores now and expected to top the Billboard charts. If you enjoy this song, give the album a spin. (more…)
NPR has the honor of hosting the Jay-Z executively produced release, which hits stores Tuesday, May 7. Everyone from Lana Del Rey, to Will.i.am, to the Jigga man himself makes an appearance, but don’t let that roster of modern favorites lead you into a false idea of what to expect. This release perfectly balances the modern flavor added to the upcoming adaptation, while keeping the spirit of the story’s era well in tact. Click here to experience the album.
The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters May 10.
In addition to starring a quintessential who’s-who of Hollywood, the forthcoming May release of The Great Gatsby will be accompanied by an equally star-studded soundtrack. The latest trailer for the film promotes this, with selection from new music by Beyonce (featuring Andre 3000), Lana Del Rey, and Florence + The Machine being teased alongside the footage. You can stream the trailer below.
The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters nationwide May 10. (more…)