Lana del Rey

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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

R. Kelly Rebounds From Surgery, Preps New Album
R. Kelly has apparently completely recovered from his emergency throat surgery, because he appeared on Chicago’s WGCI this morning, talking about working on a new album?titled Black Panties?containing “10 Minutes,” a single that’s apparently close to release! [Rap Radar]

X Factor Judges’ Table Drama Ramps Up Prior To Premiere
Simon Cowell’s pre-X Factor trash talk continued at last night’s industry premiere, as he claimed (with agreement from L.A. Reid) that Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger had voted against talented auditioners simply because they were attractive women. Abdul retorted that this had been implied in editing based on which auditions were selected for the episodes. [Billboard]
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Lana Del Rey’s Retro “Video Games” Presses Our Buttons

Imagine: you’re a talented but struggling singer-songwriter with an ear for lush arrangements (not to mention a director’s eye for collage) who moves to Brooklyn from upstate New York but can’t get any traction at open mic nights, where you’re limited to your voice and a guitar, and even your name (Lizzy Grant) only brings to mind a character on Entourage. Do you throw in the towel?

If you’re lucky, you’ve got some resources you can draw on (in Grant’s case, her father’s shrewd investments in real estate domain names) and you can hire a top-line producer like David Kahne and PR team like Shore Fire Media. Then, if you’re smart, you work, and you wait. Grant, now Lana del Rey, (presumably after Lana Turner and, perhaps, Dolores del Rio?) is both lucky and smart, and now she’s poised to make a huge splash. On the strength of her first single “Video Games,” and its accompanying video, above, she’s sold out her first two shows as del Rey?one each in New York City and Los Angeles?and has just premiered another killer video for the B-side “Blue Jeans”:
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