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James Franco thinks Lana Del Rey isn’t meant for this world

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James Franco and Lana Del Rey have somehow, despite being on their own planets, managed to form a sort of bizarre friendship. I suppose it’s because they’re both so ~artistic~ and really understand one another. They actually spent a lot of time together over recent months in Los Angeles, and Franco gave like, an entire soliloquy on his feelings about Lana to V Magazine. Here is some of it:

She’s weird. But she never wanted to be a live performer anyway. If she could have, she would have made her music, and her videos, in her room forever.

This is a poem about Lana Del Rey.

This is an essay about Lana Del Rey.

Lana has become my friend. She is a musician who is a poet and a video artist.

She grew up on the East Coast but she is an artist of the West Coast.

When I watch her stuff, when I listen to her stuff, I am reminded of everything I love about Los Angeles. I am sucked into a long gallery of Los Angeles cult figurines, and cult people, up all night like vampires and bikers.

The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice is the central axle around which the spokes of everything else extend.

My axle, like her voice is for her, is my acting. Out of it, I do everything else.

I don’t like vampires and bikers in my life, but I like them in my art.

Lana lives in her art, and when she comes down to earth for interviews, it gets messy, because she isn’t made for this earth. She is made to live in the world she creates. She is one who has been so disappointed by life, she had to create her own world. Just let her live in it.

I am a performer and she is a performer.

The thing about singers, especially the ones who write their own lyrics, is that everyone reads the person into the songs. An actor is sometimes aligned with this roles, but a singer is about her lyrics as if they were direct statements of her true thoughts and feelings. Sometimes Lana doesn’t know what to say in interviews, so she plays into the idea that her songs are her, and not her creations.

Lana spends a lot of time alone because everyone wants in.

She has this idea for a film. I want to do it because it’s a little like Sunset Boulevard. A woman is alone in a big house in L.A. She doesn’t want to go out. She starts to go crazy, and becomes paranoid because she feels like people are watching her. Even in her own house. It’s like an awesome B-movie that lives in Lana’s head. It’s about her, and it’s not about her. Just like her music.

I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, “Just write around me, it’s better if it’s not my own words. It’s almost better if you don’t get me exactly, but try.”

I don’t know what’s going on here, but I’m vaguely uncomfortable. Frankly, there’s nothing artsy fartsy about either of them – it’s all contrived and a bit over-the-top. Lana Del Rey isn’t some moody misanthrope, she’s an upper class white girl who changed her pop image to be this indie darling when she realised that was more lucrative. James Franco is just a hot mess.

Anyway, do you guys think they dated/are dating still? Do you think they’ll ever do an album/art show together?

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James Franco tackled a dude after a Lana Del Rey concert held in a cemetery

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Lana Del Rey did a concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last Friday night, for some reason (of course she did), and everyone was having a grand old time, listening to faux-morbid music in a graveyard. That is, until James Franco tackled a photographer who, of course, wants to sue him now.

From TMZ:

James Franco took down a photog while leaving the Lana Del Rey concert Friday night in Hollywood … this according to the paparazzo — who now wants justice.

Franco attended the LDR show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and based on the pics it looks like James may have just been joking around when it happened.

The photog obviously wasn’t playing around though … he went into an LAPD office Saturday morning to file a report — claiming he’s got broken equipment and a minor back injury.

We’re told police will pass the case onto detectives this week.

James is insane, so he probably was playing around. But hello, you’re famous. Broke photographers will exploit your ass for any amount of cash. I can’t imagine there was any real injury in any way there, but that won’t keep this guy from taking it to court anyway to try for some easy money.

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Lana Del Rey Is Selling As Good As Beyoncé

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Lana Del Rey isn’t going away, and I’m really happy about that. In fact, she’s roaring back with a vengeance. Her album, Ultraviolence, is number one on the Billboard 200 chart. And she’s breaking all kinds of records. From Billboard:

Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as “Ultraviolence” bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.

Del Rey’s arrival is the largest sales week for a female artist since the week ending Dec. 29, 2013, when Beyonce‘s self-titled album sold 310,000 in its third week on the chart.

[...] Notably, “Ultraviolence” captures the No. 1 slot even though Del Rey hasn’t performed on American TV in more than two years.

She has her share of controversy; most recently her comments on Twitter about wanting to die irritated Frances Bean Cobain. She’s since defended her comments, tweeting, “I liked (Kurt) because he was talented not because he died young.”

Ms. Del Rey beat out  Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Deadmau5, Linkin Park and Willie Nelson in the charts.

What do you think of the album? Give it a listen:

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Frances Bean Cobain has words for Lana Del Rey’s melodramatic ass

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A lot of people probably expected Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain, to end up fucked up like her parents. Surprisingly, that hasn’t happened, and she seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Case in point? She’s sorta sick of Lana Del Rey’s melodramatic bullshit about wanting to be dead and thinks she needs to take a serious dose of STFU with all this “I wish I was dead” crap she’s been spewing lately and her obsession with death throughout her music.

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I mean, obviously Frances is going to react to shit like this more given what she’s gone through in her life. That being said, I agree with her. There seems to be this whole hipster movement over the past five years or so in which it seems dreamy and artistic to be morbidly obsessed with death and oblivion and to use that obsession to sorta drift out into the ether and be an asshole. It’s corny as shit, and Lana Del Rey is queen of that movement.

Frances Bean Cobain is totally underrated, I gotta say. I love the fact that someone who could be getting a shit ton of press by virtue of who she is just shuns that and lives her life like a normal human being. Love her… and those fierce eyebrows.

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Lana Del Rey is not a caricature

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Lana Del Rey is kinda nuts, to the point where people are wondering if this whole thing is not just Elizabeth Grant (her real name) playing a character called Lana Del Rey. Not so, says Lana – she’s who she’s meant to be and she doesn’t do anything with anyone else in mind.

From NPR:

Not everybody has thought it’s a good idea to have lines like “He hit me and it felt a kiss.”

Definitely. But that’s been the theme of my career. The thing about me is, coming from an alternative music background and singing for nine years, being basically invisible, I’m so used to writing for myself — and at the end of the day, I do it because I feel like I have to. So when I’m recording or writing, I don’t have other people in mind. It’s not always comfortable for me, but I don’t not say what I want to.

Is Lana Del Rey a character played by Elizabeth Grant?

No. Lana Del Rey is exactly who she’s supposed to be: Free enough to be her own person, and that’s exactly who I am. I’m not like a persona. I’m not a caricature of myself.

She spends time in the interview discussing her thoughts on “surrendering” to men, as well (it’s an idea she’s “not uncomfortable” with), which is interesting but seems a bit like bullshit to me.

I don’t know – I listened to Ultraviolence… or shall I say, I tried to listen to Ultraviolence and then nearly fell asleep by the end of the first song. It’s all just TOO maudlin for me, too over-the-top. I could tolerate the first album and even liked a lot of it, but I’ve heard enough about California, booze, pick-up trucks, lipstick and blue jeans to last me a lifetime. Is it a grower?

Lana Del Rey on feminism: ‘I’m not relevant enough to discuss it’

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Lana Del Rey is a bona fide weirdo. We’re all on the same page about that, right? She was a wannabe popstar who turned moody chanteuse who sings only about pickup trucks, California, excessive drinking and blue jeans… and we love her for it. However, her reticence to discuss actual life issues – especially ones that effect her as a woman and, you know, every other woman in the world, seems kind of bizarre and confusing to me. According to Lana, however, she doesn’t want to talk about things like feminism because she’s not the person to ask.

From The New York Times:

“For me, a true feminist is someone who is a woman who does exactly what she wants,” she said. “If my choice is to, I don’t know, be with a lot of men, or if I enjoy a really physical relationship, I don’t think that’s necessarily being anti-feminist. For me the argument of feminism never really should have come into the picture. Because I don’t know too much about the history of feminism, and so I’m not really a relevant person to bring into the conversation. Everything I was writing was so autobiographical, it could really only be a personal analysis.”

I mean, I sort of get that. At the end of the day, she’s not an academic or a policymaker or anyone else who SHOULD be held accountable. However, she is a woman and a human being, so she’s 100% relevant. Anyone who’s living and breathing and walking on this earth is relevant, particularly women.

Ah, whatever.

You might also be (not) surprised to learn that Lana really wants to die because she thinks it’ll be a “relief”:

She has also been denounced for video clips that culminate in her death: by drowning, by falling, by choking. The video for “Born To Die” ends with her in a boyfriend’s arms, inert and covered in blood. She agrees that her videos have often been “exploring ways to die,” she said, adding: “I love the idea that it’ll all be over. It’s just a relief, really. I’m scared to die, but I want to die.” The title song of “Ultraviolence” ventures into precarious territory. In an arrangement that melds Baroque dirge and wah-wah guitar, the singer describes herself as “filled with poison but blessed with beauty and rage,” and goes on to quote a fraught 1962 song from the Crystals, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss).”

I don’t think I’ll ever understand Lana Del Rey… and maybe that’s the point.

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Lana Del Rey sang at Kimye’s wedding for free

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You’d think Lana Del Rey could have made some serious bank performing at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s wedding last weekend, but you’d be wrong. In fact, Kimye offered to pay her exactly nothing and she was expected to be grateful for it. Oddly enough… she kinda was.

TMZ caught up with her to ask her how much it would cost them to have her sing at the cameraman’s wedding, and her answer was pretty hilarious:

In case you can’t watch that, Lana says that she’d do the camera guy’s wedding for free, just like she did Kim and Kanye’s. She adds that she’d never let a friend pay her to perform at their wedding. Wow, they really have her brainwashed, eh? She actually thinks they’re her friends? Lord almighty.

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