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MUSIC: Everyone Loves (Or Hates) Lana Del Ray: Plus Jay Brannan, Azealia Banks

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Seems like everyone has an intense opinion about Lana Del Rey right now. Fans say 25-year-old Lizzy Grant (Del Ray’s more conventional birth name) is the next Nancy Sinatra, while haters say she’s a “ho-hum” pop singer repackaged as an indie darling. And that disastrous SNL performance didn’t help her still-developing rep.

Strangely, I don’t have a strong view either way.

At the moment I’m digging on her in an utterly superficial way: She’s got a couple of catchy singles out that I’m pretty into. Honestly, I don’t even mind that “Video Games” has been stuck in my head for three weeks now.

Del Ray’s latest album, Born to Die, is out today but remixes of the second single, also called “Born to Die,”  have been popping up almost daily for a while now. First up, a personal fave of mine, Woodkid, takes a crack at the song—adding some characteristically epic orchestral flourishes without really messing around with the song’s original structure.