Lana Del Rey Bombs on SNL…On Purpose?
Lana Del Rey, the internet sensation touted as one of iTunes Artists to Watch in 2012 made a disastrous spectacle from her first appearance on Saturday Night Live last night. Almost immediately, legions of people have colored the internet blasting Lana’s performance, including celebrities like Juliette Lewis. Lana’s performance was stiff as a nervous school girl with erratic pitch problems, vacant eyes, and awkward attempts at dance moves. Granted, a fresh case of nerves could be the culprit for upstaging the host, Daniel Radcliffe on last night’s performances but check out what happened here.
Could it have been calculated? Profiled by RadioPotato last August, Lana Del Rey has experienced an organically meteoric rise thanks to her early release of her retro-tinged video for “Video Games.” The young 25-year old from New York has been lambasted and praised by critics for her “enhanced” image, her name change (she was born Lizzy Grant), and for her mysteriously disappearing music and videos as her image has been revamped and her music re-released. An interesting cover story detailed the mystery surrounding Lana’s rise in Billboard Magazine.
Del Rey might be absolutely brilliant, though. By nature, the polarizing reactions are going to make people more compelled to watch her even closer in the future. It’s not easy to go on SNL so early in her career and kill it with so little experience before her album is even released. My bet is that Lana’s next move will galvanize the haters and make her into the femme fatale sensation that she is poised to be. She’s got talent. Her music is haunting and you can’t take your eyes off of her. Thirteen hours after broadcasting on SNL, Lana Del Rey’s EP is #2 on the iTunes album charts behind Adele’s 21. Just watch. Lana Del Rey has since deleted her SNL video posts from her Facebook page and posted a teaser video for her upcoming interview. Smart marketing. Smarketing! Her career will only gain momentum. Just watch.