“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

The long awaited video masterpiece by Lana Del Rey has finally arrived, after months of waiting fans were now graced with the infamous ‘farewell project’, saying goodbye to the Born To Die album NOT MUSIC! Starring alongside albino model Shaun Ross, Lana combines songs : Gods and Monsters, Body Electric and Bel Air which are all featured on Born To Die: The Paradise Edition.

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In the 27 minute long, short film Del Rey plays an array of different personas from Eve in the Garden of Eden to a pole dancer in a seedy club, to create the beautiful visual imagery featured. At the LA premier last night, Lana announced that her next album will be titled Ultraviolence, but currently there is no indication of when it’ll be released – just that it exists which is good enough for me!

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Directed by Anthony Mandler, Tropico is a musical paradise in which Lana pays homage to her idols: Elvis and Marilyn. Whilst also showing her religious side by playing the Virgin Mary and begging for forgiveness for her sins.

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We can only hope that Ultraviolence can fill the shoes of Born To Die, if you’re not familiar with some of the Lana’s previous videos then here are a few of my favourites…

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News, Reviews

Guess who’s back, back again…

No I’m not on about Eminem, much like her friend the bear the one and only Lily Allen or should I say Cooper?! has returned from hibernation today with her sassy come back single Hard Out Here. I can see this becoming a new anthem for girls everywhere as Lily uses her satire skills to ridicule artists such as Robin Thicke and the underlying inequality which is forever present in our society.

ImageIn the video we see Lily getting liposuction to fit in with the expected pop star aesthetic of skinny, pretty and slutty. As well as the typical grinding a car and seductively washing up in the kitchen;

            “If you’re not a size 6 then you’re not good looking, well you better be rich or be real good at cooking.” 

I feel that Lily’s really highlighted the seedy portrayal of women which is often ignored in the music industry and in the real world too, women’s success shouldn’t be measured by having a big rack and a rich poncy husband – it should be down to working hard and achieving something, just the same as men.

I really hope people listen to songs like this and start to take some notice, not just men but I think it’s important for women to aspire to be more independent rather than pigeon holing themselves into the expectations society has laid out for us.

Despite the cheeky bit of auto tuning in the chorus, I love the song and cannot wait to hear the rest of the album!

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Rita Ora named new face of Rimmel

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Rimmel, an iconic high street make up brand with a legacy dating back to 1834. Previously the likes of Sophie Ellis Bextor, Georgia Jagger, Lily Cole, Zooey Deschanel and the legendary Kate Moss have been used to front Rimmel’s ad campaigns. What do all these women have in common? They’re all classy, chic and sophisticated, so the mind boggles as to why Rita Ora, a gobby Rihanna wannabe with a fairly middle of the road range of chart hits – none of which are particularly inspiring, would be given such an honour.

Ora is an attractive girl with a fairly unique look but when it comes to make up all she’s really known for is a bit of red lippy and her bleach blonde hair – hardly anything worthy of a brand with Rimmel’s status. Constantly being the subject of the tabloids and maybe better known to some for her friendship with it girl Cara Delevingne, Ora most certainly is not known for her style after being photographed at several events in very questionable outfits, my advice to Rita would be to either sack the stylist or bloody get one!

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Photographed above at a Chanel show of all places, Rita thought it’d be a spiffing idea to pay homage to her feathered Image

…friends also known as ‘birds’. I can only imagine the look on Karl’s face when Rita rocked up looking like a budgie who’d manage to escape the aviary! I personally think that Rita will lower Rimmel’s credibility and respect in the industry, unless they’re suddenly buying into the whole beanie hat hipster style which to me is just cringe worthy. Beanies are something which should have just stayed in the 90s where they belong and that’s a fact.

Maybe I’m wrong, Rita might pull in a whole new demographic to buy Rimmel products or maybe we’ll just see chavs adopting the red lipstick trend and ruining it for the rest of us – only time will tell.

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