When a smoldering singer released her singles “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” on YouTube this past summer, the world was mesmerized. Many wondered what the story was behind this artist who appeared to have stepped out of an old-Hollywood film. Love her or hate her, the star has since then tiptoed her way to the top of the charts with her newest album, “Born to Die,” reaching the No. 1 spot on iTunes in 14 different countries.
The artist, who refers to herself as a “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” mixes sixties-style pop ballads with modern, catchy lyrics for a music style that has earned her a cult following. In her hit single, “Video Games,” she enchants us with an ethereal and melancholy love song about her video game-loving boyfriend, complete with harps and bells. Del Rey’s talent resides in the fact that she is able to take an everyday subject and make it beautiful and glamorous. In an interview with Daily Mail UK, she describes her newest album backed by Interscope Records as “an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side.” In each track, she breathily tells us tales of days in the life of her bad-girl alter ego.
This buzzed about artist is most well-known for her sexpot sense of style, complete with bee-stung lips, hair à la film star, Veronica Lake, and flawless retro ensembles. She has achieved a recognizable identity in the music world and has become a fashion icon in her own right. I know I am inspired by her retro-glamour style and I can’t wait to wear cat-eyed eyeliner this weekend.