Rich Juzwiak · 07/22/14 11:55AM

"You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying." - Lana Del Rey, who tells Complex she didn't fuck her way up to the top, as her song suggests.

Lana Del Rey, That's No Way for a Pop Star To Behave

Rich Juzwiak · 06/19/14 10:10AM

Lana Del Rey, the musical persona of Lizzy Grant, lives in an uncanny valley between the extremes of pop star and real girl. She looks something like both, but really is neither. This is why she enchants people, this is why she pisses people off (often simultaneously—her ardent detractors can argue against her artistic value but would be hypocrites to deny her ability to fascinate). She rubs right up against notions of authenticity with a singer-songwriter guise that can feel confessional—her terrific new album Ultraviolence is full of revelations of things generally not said in public. She explores what it is to be a proud mistress, an opportunist out for "money, power, and glory," a hack who, as a song title puts it, "Fucked My Way Up to the Top." (Duncan Cooper's rather astute profile of Del Rey in Fader links that song to a relationship Del Rey had with a record exec, even though Del Rey has claimed that it's about a hater.)

Lana Del Rey's New Single "West Coast" Quotes the New Radicals

Jordan Sargent · 04/14/14 10:41AM

You know what you're getting with Lana Del Rey at this point—post-Mad Men golden age revivalism, blank sadness—but the singer does still have the ability to surprise. Take, for instance, her new single "West Coast," which randomly quotes the New Radicals.

The New Music of Christina Aguilera and Lana Del Rey: Where Have All the Divas Gone?

Rich Juzwiak · 11/16/12 02:53PM

Christina Aguilera and Lana Del Rey both released collections of new music this week. Neither artist is a great diva in the neo-classic, pop sense of the word, but both have potential. To evaluate their diva status, I will shamelessly crib a comparative schism that Tyra Banks has routinely used on America's Next Top Model: each of them has what the other does not.

Louis Peitzman · 08/25/12 12:35PM

Four new Lana Del Rey tracks have leaked, if you're into that sort of thing. (Not you, Brian Williams.)

Fiona Apple's Return: Critics Have Finally Found Their Authentic Pop Star, or Something

Rich Juzwiak · 06/21/12 09:50AM

By the time Lana del Rey released her album Born to Die in January, the discourse around her had swirled hard enough that critics merely had to push back for an angle. Many of the reviews served as backlash to the backlash regarding her persona, her inadequacy as a performer, and her deeply frivolous lyrics. Some of the best (/-paid) thinkers about pop music responded to her antagonist, the Internet, to say that it didn't matter if she changed her name from Lizzy Grant and obscured the real her with "gangster Nancy Sinatra" posturing. The biggest sham in question wasn't del Rey but the entire notion of "authenticity."

Lana Del Rey Has Very Lana Del Rey Photoshoot with Jaime King

Leah Beckmann · 04/18/12 05:40PM

What's new with Lana Del Rey and Jaime King, you ask? Instagram photoshoots, mostly. In honor of Jaime King's 33rd birthday, the two posed in LDR's Mercedes convertible for Kyle Newman, Jaime's photographer husband.

Lana Del Rey Is Dating Axl Rose? And a List of Other Middle-Aged Musicians She Should Consider

Leah Beckmann · 04/09/12 09:52AM

It appears that 50-year-old Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose and 25-year-old Lana Del Rey are hanging out together at the same time in the same place. Ipso facto, they are dating. The pair were seen leaving mysterious L.A. laboratory Chateau Marmont before disappearing into the night to discuss all the ways in which drastically different parenting methods have impacted the Baby Boomers versus the Millennials. Or maybe vintage tees.