As promised by Lana Del Rey, there will be pop-up shops in Los Angeles from Friday 24 November to Saturday 2 December. The pop-ups will sell all the new pieces of merch, as well as vintage and custom made dresses that Lana herself has worn at various shows.
Lana revealed on Twitter that she will be there for an hour each day, and the location of the pop-ups will be up on 22 November. In the meantime, check out some of the dresses in Lana’s Instagram posts below, and keep an eye out on Lana’s Twitter or this post for the location.
On November 14, Lana Del Rey attended the Artist and Manager Awards in London, England, where she presented the award for Manager Of The Year to her managers Ben Mawson and Ed Millet (from TAP Management). Lana wore the Gucci wood dress (with tiger head buttons), which can be viewed or purchased here. You can read Lana’s long and touching speech below, thanks to Music Business Worldwide for providing the transcript.
I am very happy to be here tonight to give my managers this award and I wanted to share with you what they did for me that no one else could do.
They were able to see in me all of the things that people around 2006/2007 said were unmarketable, not pop enough, too abstract. They were able to see these traits as assets and to have the wisdom to see that some of the peculiarities of my writing style were relatable.
They could actually make my record translate in a universal way that other bigger managers and bigger labels that I had met hadn’t been able to understand up until that point.
My melodies, choruses and songs weren’t four to the floor, and my sentiments were not always cheerful… like having a debut record called Born to Die! But I was able to communicate my feelings in a way that was different from other artists at the time. I had my own unique vocabulary and I had ambitions to be a great American writer. They saw that value in that.
By the time I met Ben in 2009 I had already been playing in local bars and auditioning for major and indie labels for about four years. Although my experiences with open mic nights and playing on the lower east side of New York City was generally positive, my experience playing for labels was mostly the same.
Every meeting ended with the question, Where are the hits? To which I would indignantly reply, I’m sharing my life story! I guess I expected people to see the value in that and to have an a-ha moment.
On some level I think people did love the music, I got a lot of positive feedback, just no calls back. That was probably because nobody knew what to do with the tone of the project and songs, and they couldn’t really envision what my career would look like long term.
But when I met Ben and shortly after I met Ed, I moved to London where they lived, and we did start to get calls back after making the rounds for a few years.
They were the first people who could see the big picture and they loved my music as much as I loved making it. Which I think is the most important thing for a manager: to truly love the projects that they are working on and to want to make the personal and professional commitment it takes to make an artist successful.
Once an artist becomes famous, it really does become a commitment and a shared life between everybody involved. The artist’s ups and downs and the layers of the complexities in the ways that the managers need to be involved, especially in a younger artist’s life, can be extensive.
Crazy ex-boyfriends, complex family histories to work through, previous indie record deals gone wrong, eleven record publishing commitments made at a young age to unwind. All of that before you even think about what the style of the first record should be.
The most valuable thing a manager and an artist can share is to be on the same page as each other for the most important things like principles, ethics and goals.
Eight years ago I told my managers upfront that there were going to be more parts of me that were not for sale than would be for sale. That having a real private life was going to be as big a priority to me as it was to write thoughtful records. I had to fight that a little bit, but we’ve kept them at the forefront of all of our decision making.
On a side note, I’d also just like to say that there is a real cultural shift happening this year with women coming forward telling their stories about experiences in the entertainment business. It’s a real cultural moment.
Me and my managers called each other up the same day that some of these revelations started to be divulged and I felt really lucky that we were on the same page about the fact that we felt like this is going to be a really good thing for artists like me and younger. I had a moment in those weeks thinking about how important it is to have those shared principles.
So to finish, I really am one of those artists who wouldn’t be where I am now without these two people because it does take a village to make an artist go far. They’ve helped find the right people to support me as I travel around the world sharing my music.
I also wanted to say that Dave Chumbley was my booking agent and he passed away this year while we were doing shows in the UK. I feel like if I mention his name, he’d be smiling because he loved stuff like this.
So congratulations, you really deserve it, Ben Mawson and Ed Millet, managers of the year.
Public Appearances > 2017 > Artist & Manager Awards at The Printworks in London, England (November 14)
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However, Lana explained that she talked to a few different directors about her ideas, but they didn’t like any of them. With that in mind, she has decided to take matters into her own hands and direct the video herself, for Cherry, with the help of her sister Chuck, “who is a great visual artist.”
She adds they were thinking of going back to her old days and doing their “hand-held, stuff in a hotel, or something.”
When asked about her rejected ideas, Lana revealed her idea for the song ‘Change’ was an “abstract, ‘Where The Wild Things Grow'” concept. She says in her mind, that song is a commentary on the nuclear tensions that have been rising, and wanted to incorporate more of that imagery, but people don’t want to see more of that.
MTV Europe Music Awards
The MTV European Music Awards are fast approaching with the ceremony being held this Sunday, November 12. This year, Lana Del Rey has been nominated in the Best Alternative category alongside Lorde, Imagine Dragons, The xx and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Lana has been nominated various times for an EMA since 2012, winning Best Alternative in 2012 and 2015. She lost out to Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2014, but can she beat them and win the award this year?
Lana’s “Lust For Life” music video is her nominated work. You can vote for Lana Del Rey on the MTV EMA website. It requires no sign-up and is a one-click deal! Voting closes on November 11 so hurry up.
Whilst we wait for the award show, check out this new interview Lana Del Rey did with MTV at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, where Lana talks about her latest album, new tour and addresses the news about Harvey Weinstein.
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Lana Del Rey recently performed at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, where she was also interviewed by MTV News. She spoke to Gaby Wilson about her latest album; including the LA to the Moon tour, her collaborations and her newest music video ‘White Mustang.’
Gaby asked Lana if her song ‘Cola‘ had any reference to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, as many in Hollywood are speaking up about the sexual assault and harassment he administered. In the song Lana sings “Harvey’s in the sky with diamonds, and it’s making me crazy.” However, other fans say they hear “ah he’s” instead of the name Harvey, especially as this is the lyric in the official lyric booklet.
In response, Lana said “When I wrote that song, I suppose I had a Harvey Weinstein/Harry Winston-type of character in mind. I envisioned, like, a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something. I’m not really sure. I thought it was funny at the time, and I obviously find it really sad now.”
With this in mind, Lana agreed to retire the song from her setlist, adding that it would be “the right thing to do.” She also stated: “I support the women who have come forward. I think they’re really brave for doing that.”