Maypole dancers surround the maypole with coloured ribbons on May Day, which is the first day of the month.
While some of you might be celebrating the beginning of May dancing to N’Sync’s “It’s Gonne Be Me” and if you don’t know why perhaps this will give you some sort of clue. Others around the world will be dancing to traditional folk music in celebration of May Day, a traditional European spring festival. So in honour of this lovely spring holiday, I’ll be giving you tips on rocking the floral trend that you can take with you well into the summer. And yeah I know what you’re thinking, florals for spring? How groundbreaking! But yes florals are actually a trend for 2013 for both women and men, so check it out!
Lana Del Rey, the Queen of the floral crown.
So if you missed out on Coachella, don’t fret because May Day is the perfect (and probably the most legitimate) reason for anyone to be wearing a floral crown. Floral crowns were spotted on the runways and magazine but hit the mainstream thanks to sultry singer Lana Del Rey. They became quite the phenomenon at Coachella and rightly overtook the Native American headdress (this should have never been a trend in the first place) as the hair accessory of choice for concertgoers. Don’t be surprised to see floral crowns at various music festivals this summer.
These poor girls were victims of a Jimmy Kimmel prank at this year’s Coachella.
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Lana Del Rey joins the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Florence and the Machine on the already legendary soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming flick, The Great Gatsby. Del Rey’s contribution, “Young and the Beautiful,” is one of the first to surface.
The song seems to be reflective of the movie’s themes, and as most Del Rey songs do, has a great unique sound.
The lyrics, “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful / Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul / I know you will, I know you will / I know that you will,” are reminiscent of Gatsby’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) relationship with Daisy Buchanan (Carrie Mulligan). Between this and Beyonce’s Back to Black cover, it seems like this soundtrack may just be the soundtrack of the year.
The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby will be released three days before the films release, on May 7. Del Rey’s track is already available on iTunes.
LISTEN TO “YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL” BY LANA DEL REY HERE:
UGH. How much more adorable can this get?!
Doing a rendition of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Summer Wine”, Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend Barrie-James O’Neill are so sweet together that I’m about to get a cavity.
Shot in a filter that looks like it belongs on Instagram, the two do very couple-y things together in the video such as frolicking on the beach and staring lovingly at each other.
They are the epitome of a couple match made in hipster heaven. And now I can’t stop squealing in delight.
Ever wanted to listen to the same kind of music as your favourite characters on TV? Now is your chance.
Step into the shoes of Carrie Bradshaw and listen to the music she would most likely be bopping her head to on her train ride into the big city. Although a lot of this music didn’t exist in young Carrie Bradshaw’s time, she would probably be a fan of Robyn and The Scissor Sisters.
The Sh*t _______ Says meme was SOOO five months ago. But seeing that Lana Del Rey has become some sort of an icon for her hauntingly-catchy music and unique persona, this video by YouTuber Charlie Hides is actually kind of hilarious.
Although gorgeous and talented, you can’t deny that Lana Del Rey has inspired quite a few jokes. From the infamous names like Llama Del Rey to Mana Del Rey, the Indie pop singer has often remained somewhat of an enigma–an enigma that often says weird things that people will never quite understand completely.
And because this is completely necessary…
One of my favourite moments from last night’s MTV Europe awards was when Taylor Swift thanked everyone for giving her the Best Look award because she suffers from a low self esteem so it could give her the boost she needs. I find this ironic considering many girl’s sole purpose in life is to look JUST LIKE Taylor.
Taylor — who won three of the five awards she was nominated for — also had one of my favourite looks of the night. She wore the most spirited circus-themed costume during her performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and an incredibly chic J Mendel gown as well (above).
Check out all of our favourite looks below
Rita Ora in scarlet Marchesa
Lana Del Rey in navy Shareen
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TREND: Printed Leggings
INSPIRATION: Lana Del Rey for H&M
The cold may be settling in but I don’t feel ready for full on pants just yet. I also happen to be one of those people who abide by the Blair Waldorf “leggings are not pants” rule, but printed leggings are tempting me to break it. They’re fun, they’re flirty and they’re definitely bold, everything I look for in a statement piece. Simplicity is key when styling these pants — you don’t want people to go blind when your prints clash. Try solid colour t-shirts and oversized sweaters. For the nerds out there, the label Black Milk also makes TARDIS police box leggings and galaxy print leggings. See? Breaking the rules can be fun!
TREND: Head Scarves
INSPIRATION: Taylor Swift
While this Taylor Swift photo may be from the summer (sniff, I miss it already), it doesn’t mean you can’t rock it in the fall. Head scarves are an easy way to mix up your look and save you from a bad hair day. If you’re stuck wearing a school uniform 5 days a week, a head scarf with a playful print can add some life to the boring outfit. For those who are a little more daring, take a cue from celebs like Kourtney Kardashian and Eva Mendes and rock the full-on turban. It’s old Hollywood turned modern.
WTF: Bagel Heads
Thanks to Vice, I can’t sleep because all I can dream about is bagel-headed people. I’m sure they’re nice people in real life, but in my dreams they’re chasing after me with a needle. I don’t like needles, nor do I want a bagel on my head.
No, I’m not talking crazy, it’s a thing in Japan, but it is not cute in a Gwen-Stefani-kawai kind of way. Instead, it’s an extreme form of body modification where saline is injected into your forehead and as a result, a bubble forms. To make the bagel shape, all one needs to do is push down in the middle of the forehead. The saline infusion process takes about two hours and is temporary. The body absorbs the saline and the bagel disappears for the next morning. I mean, what ever floats your boat but as someone who hates needles, I think I’ll pass on this trend.
By Azra Kassam
“Spitting Image” — Freelance Whales
You may have heard of New York indie-rockers Freelance Whales for their soothing track “Hannah,” which I admit I still listen to on days when I just want to lay on my bed and stare at the ceiling. Their new single “Spitting Image,” off their upcoming sophomore album Diluvia, is a bit on the pop side, but holds its ground with some blissful finger-picked guitar, and electronic elements scattered in (that synth line just takes the song to a whole new level). Bassist Doris Cellar takes over the vocals for the track with smooth, airy vocals. It appears that Freelance Whales are going for a more atmospheric sound, moving away from their folky stuff, and so far it seems to be working. Diluvia hits store Oct. 9.
“Out of My Mind” — B.o.B ft. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj, rapper B.o.B, and Nicki’s booty are locked up in a mental institution in B.o.B’s music video for his latest single “Out of My Mind.” While B.oB has a serious crazy of crazy eyes going on, Minaj tries to bring him back from the dark side with — you guessed it — a lap dance. Needless to say, the video ends with B.o.B being denied parole, and he and Nicki are left in a cell to be crazy together. Who knew being insane could look so swag?
“Big Bad Wolf” — Lana Del Rey
As sweet and serene Lana Del Rey appears to be, her newly leaked track “Big Bad Wolf” will have you thinking otherwise. Dubbed as the “gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” Del Ray’s animalistic new track uses the Little Red Riding Hood story as a metaphor and begs the Big Bad Wolf to come and eat her up. Err… so it’s a little risqué, but the hipster songstress just hearts her man and wants to be his girl. Is that so wrong, people? Either way, Del Ray’s voice sounds sublime and while she ups the tempo on this track, she still sounds as authentic as always.
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Covering Nirvana may not be an easy task, but longtime fan Lana Del Rey took a shot at it during a performance on Thursday night.
Performing Nirvana’s 1993 hit “Heart-Shaped Box” in front of a crowd in Sydney, Australia, the singer switched the typically heavy-sounding grunge piece into a ballad featuring heavy string instrumentation and her trademark vocal style.
Del Rey has previously discussed the impact the song had on her when she was growing up. In an interview at a radio station in 2011, she said, “When I was 11, I saw Kurt Cobain singing ‘Heart Shaped Box’ on MTV and it really stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness.”
While I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this cover, Del Rey certainly took a risk. Having recently released controversial music videos for “National Anthem” and “Summertime Sadness“, she seems to be full of surprises!
The Born To Die singer Lana Del Rey not only has an amazing voice but a bonus is her killer vintage style videos. LDR just released her new music video for “Summertime Sadness,” but sadly the video ends with more than just a heartbreak.
Lana Del Rey brings in actress/model Jamie King to co-star, playing her lesbian lover (as some may argue and say it’s a close friend), where they share intimate moments as you can see in the various flashbacks. They eventually end up ending their lives on separate occasions. What a summer bummer. The video was directed by King’s husband, Kyle Newman and director/screenwriter Spencer Susser.
You can also see Lana as the new face of H&M’s Autumn/Winter campaign.
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Pharrell gets engaged and Lindsay Lohan walks around with a bald spot.
HIT: Pharrell Williams secretly engaged?
The producer has reportedly popped the question to model/designer girlfriend, Helen Ladichanh. The two were seen together at The Dark Knight Rises premiere and Helen had a ring on her finger. How long he and his fiancé have been engaged for has been widely speculated on and could be anywhere between a couple weeks to a year.The two already have a son named Rocket together. Pharrell hasn’t said a word about it. If true, congratulations to the couple, and I will see everyone else in the Pharrell Williams Can Never Be Mine support group.
MISS: Rolling Stone reuses tagline for Bieber cover
The rock and roll magazine may be losing their creative spark as Bieber is “Hot, Ready and Legal,” just like Lindsay Lohan was back in 2004. Obviously, being “hot, ready and legal” worked out in her favour. At least Lindsay looked her age while Bieber’s cherub face doesn’t really sell the tagline. They probably should’ve put a badass leather jacket around his shoulders instead of opting for the white tank.
HIT: Kim Kardashian shows off her best ugly cry on a rollercoaster
Kim’s ability to show off her new relationship on every possible platform is a bit astonishing as Humphries continues to be bitter. While we may all be sick of overexposure status, we should at least give her credit for tweeting an unflattering photo of herself. Kim has her best ugly cry face on as she, sister Kylie and boyfriend Kanye ride Magic Mountain.
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Lana Del Rey’s new music video for “National Anthem” begins with her channeling Marilyn Monroe when the starlet infamously sang “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy in 1962. We always expect throwback videos from Del Rey but this one takes her retro love to a new level as she channels both the alleged mistress (Monroe) as well as the president’s wife Jackie Kennedy Onassis. A$AP Rocky, who collaborated with Del Rey on the track plays Kennedy.
As if I’m not already one of those annoying people that wishes they were born in a different era, the old cinematography and vintage styles make the tragic plot unabashedly romantic. She always manages to be inspired by the old but make it completely fresh and new.
Del Rey and A$AP Rocky will release the single on July 8, plus it’s on her already-released debut LP Born To Die.
It’s tricky to find a mashup that doesn’t actually sound like a mashup. Sometimes you can tell the two songs weren’t really meant to make love and were hastily thrown together for novelty. But this Carlos Serrano-mashup sounds totally legit and I’m obsessing.
He mashed Kanye West’s “Homecoming” with Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die.” Though we don’t hear her vocals, we do get Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s lyrics from the original version of “Homecoming.” I love the strong beat mixed with the the hypnotizing melody in Lana’s “Born to Die.” And I keep hitting re-peat-peat-peat-peat.
Listen to it here:
Metric – Youth Without Youth
I’ve been a Metric fan since I was 14 so I’ve been waiting anxiously these past three years for some new Metric music and FINALLY “Youth Without Youth” is here to cure my Metric withdrawal! The first single off their upcoming album Synthetica is a great guitar driven track. It’s faster and louder than most of Metric’s other music and it’s nice to hear lead singer Emily Haines using her voice to its full potential. I could see this being a serious song to jam out to during one of their upcoming concerts. You can pick up Synthetica on June 12.
Santigold – Proud Mary
I had the good fortune of seeing Santigold at Coachella and this woman has some serious talent. In her cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s famous “Proud Mary,” Santi White adds her own flavour to the jam. Instead of a straight up cover of the song, she adds some synth, African beats, and belts the song in her own robotic style. I’m loving this new take on a classic track.
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Lana Del Rey’s music video for “Carmen” features a series of vintage found footage clips, including everything from a stripper to a baby running into its mom’s arms. Though it’s described as a biography under the description, many of the clips seem to be taken from other people’s lives.
It’s a little eerie watching these home video style clips and wondering where they are now, especially near the end, when a dancing lady dressed in white disappears in the fog.
The song is the new single off “Born to Die.”
Watch the video here:
Lana Del Rey’s new video for “Blue Jeans” has some similarities to “Born to Die.” Both music videos were directed by Yoann Lemoine and feature the heavily tattooed model Bradley Soileau. It makes sense considering it serves as a prequel for “Born to Die.” The new video for her third single explores the happy stages of a relationship before it’s torn apart.
Del Rey sports a sexy vintage bathing suit and swims in the pool with her beau…. oh yea, and some alligators. The black and white video has a lot of blurry camera work, so sometimes you can’t tell what’s a reflection in the water and what’s real.
What do you think of it?
Remix maestros Love Thy Brother have come to Lana Del Rey’s rescue by saving her song “Radio.” The gal has had a lot of haters lately and the heroic DJs thought they’d do their small part to help her out.
“With this track we wanted to combine two things that people love and hate on more than anything on this planet: Lana Del Rey & Dubstep,” said Conor and Liam. “We really hate to see a damsel in distress and felt the need to do our small part. For our defence of the embattled songstress we chose Radio, which we thought fitting as it seems to be her proverbial f– you to all her haters.”
The duo turned her song “Radio” into a dubstep version. It starts with a heavy orchestration then goes into a darker bassline.
What do you think of it? [Earmilk]
The Ting Tings’ cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” is good, but not as good as the original. The acoustic cover is less haunting and little more folksy than Lana Del Rey’s version and randomly includes a shout out to Skrillex.
We hear the soothing songbird voice and guitar and then — wait for it — someone screams “CALL 911 NOW!” Though it doesn’t fit the vibe of the song, they were just having fun with it. After the performance, lead singer Katie White laughed: “Can I just press that button again?” to replay Skrillex.
The duo covered the song for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. How do you like it compared to the original?
The Smiths versus Lana Del Rey? Not as bad as you might think. Actually, these two songs kind of work together.
This mashup combines the classic vocals from The Smiths’ 1983 “This Charming Man” with the haunting melody of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” The song, fittingly dubbed “This Charming Video Game” was mashed by The Reborn Identity. I originally thought the song wouldn’t work because of the fast tempo of “This Charming Man” but they manage to slow it down without sacrificing the song.
I know there are a lot of haters, but I actually like Lana Del Rey and have a soft spot for mashups. Remixes that combine modern versus new songs especially stir some sort of unfounded nostalgia in me. The video also combines clips from both the artists’ videos, creating a whole new meaning of the song.
What do you think The Smiths would say about it?