Lana Del Rey: videos, tours and music, oh my!

With Rey’s success many people follow and listen to her music, contributing to the frequency of her album and video releases. Since “tropico” was released on December 4, it has gotten over two million views on YouTube.

With Rey’s success many people follow and listen to her music, contributing to the frequency of her album and video releases. Since “Tropico” was released on December 4, it has gotten over two million views on YouTube.

Since Lana Del Rey’s breakthrough in 2011 with the song “Video Games”, the 26 year old artist has encountered a plethora of success. She has since then released the album “Born to Die”, the EP “Paradise” and “Tropico”. On December 4, Rey released the long awaited, short film “Tropico”.

Precedented by the previous works, Rey usually sings in a sincere tone about love and pop culture which effects American culture so much which is often what Rey attempts to convey.

The long anticipated 30 minute film clip features the songs “I Sing The Body Electric”, “Bel Air”, and “Gods and Monsters”. This short film is about a couple throughout time, which is a theme in a lot of the the Americano singer’s work.

Incorporated into the the film were figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley and John Wayne who served as narrators. The video focuses on religious and pop culture references throughout history.

The film is well made and brilliantly narrated by Rey, giving deeper analysis to the lyrics of the songs featured. It also presents many stereotypes of different aspects of America’s culture, especially varying social classes.

Overall, it is a quality short film which is directed by Anthony Mandler well with the obvious assistance of Rey. Ultimately, the short film is said to meant to send the message that people worship celebrities much like gods or goddesses and are living in “a celebrity soaked ‘ultimate purgatory’ where everyone lives for the moment”.

The EP (extended play) for Tropico, including the three songs featured in the film and the 27 minute video itself, was issued upon the release.

On December 4, at the release of the film clip, Rey announced her second full album’s name as Ultraviolet. No further information on the upcoming album as been released.

Songs that may be on the new album have been leaked throughout 2013, however, there is no guarantee as to which songs will be on the new album.

Such unreleased songs are pretty similar to Rey’s previous works, sung huskily and heartfully, however the instrumental is different from previous works although the meaning and messages of the songs are seldom different.

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