Everything you wanted to know about Lana Del Rey (and then some)
Lana Del Rey may be the girl who brought indie music’s clandestine genre into the mainstream, becoming 2011’s most hyped artist even before the release of her debut album, but she may also be the girl who single-handedly killed the appeal of DIY — if she’s not a complete fraud. With accusations of being a heavily produced, marketed and stylized industry creation, from her perfectly pouted lips to her “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” image, how did she end up as 2012’s most controversial artist — already? Melody Lau and Enrique Arrazola combed the depths of the Internet to find out.
While you finish compiling your list of the top records of 2011, let’s get a head start on the new year’s best-of rankings. The first few months of 2012 promise legendary comebacks, potential pop blockbusters, and the debut disc from one of the Internet’s most buzzed-about personalities. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.