Lana Del Rey's interview with MSN Singapore; talks about Lady Gaga collab rumor, tumblr, etc

+++ European tour dates

In just over a year, 26-year-old Lana Del Rey has gone from independent music artiste to chart-topper songstress, winning over fans with her signature drawl and references to decades past. Now, add style star to the list, if her first-ever appearance in Singapore is anything to go by.

Lana was in the little red dot to grace the official opening of the Mulberry flagship store in Mandarin Gallery on October 24. She also performed at the Mulberry gala dinner at the Catalunya restaurant. Her arrival was met with great buzz from her fans, with some tweeting for record label Universal Music to hold a showcase for her, here.

Speaking to xinmsn at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday, Lana was her soft-spoken self but expressed shock at the hordes of fans who turned up at the Mulberry storefront to welcome her. “It was wild. The fans were respectful but excited that I was there. I thought we were just going to cut the ribbon,” said the singer who also has a Mulberry bag produced in her name.

“I remember seeing things on Twitter when people knew I was coming but I didn’t know why they cared. When I saw everyone yesterday, I wish I had gotten to talk to them more but I did manage to say Hi to a lot of people along the way,” Lana explained her regret at being unable to speak to her fans outside the more as bodyguards moved her from place to place.

Lana’s fans will understand the inspiration behind her music, which she calls as “filmic” and “art”. Lana recalled hearing Elvis Presley for the first time and said, “It was so different from what was on the radio today”. She counts artistes such as Bob Dylan and Kurt Cobain to be her inspirations but she is particular about emulating the freedom the ‘60s and the ‘90s embodied.

“It was a more hopeful feeling, I try to keep it alive. I like tradition but I was really moved by the idea of being independent and artistic. I couldn’t believe that it was possible where I could have a life that was based around making art. It was such an exciting idea, for me, that I could one day be a real artist and not have to do anything else,” Lana said.

If you are wondering if the rumours over her collaborating with Lady Gaga for upcoming album ARTPOP are true, Lana denies it flat out to us. She also denied media recently saying she was going to stop making albums. “I just said that I was starting to write soundtracks for movies, so that’s where my focus was. I don’t know though. When I was younger, my muse came to me and I felt really on fire to write a lot, but now my muse comes a lot less often,” Lana said. She will be writing soundtracks for two movies out early next year.

She said her new EP, Paradise, was born out of writing a new song every month for this year. While Lana said Paradise has a more “natural” vibe with the omission of hip-hop beats, she admitted her music comes “half from a place of darkness but half from happiness for my future”. She gets her laughs though from Tumblr, remarking how she trawled through the site last night.

In her own words, “I don’t always go on Tumblr but sometimes I do because the people on there are really funny.”

Paradise will be released on November 12, 2012.

European tour dates:
April 6th 2013 – Hamburg, Germany at the o2 Arena [Tickets start 5th November at 9am]
April 8th 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden at the Annexet [Tickets start 5th November]
April 10th 2013 – Oslo, Norway at the Sentrum Scene [Ticket sales start November 5 at 9 am. Possible Over 18's Event]
April 12th 2013 – Kopenhagen, Denmark at the Falconer
April 15th 2013 – Berlin, Germany at the Tempodrom (Tickets)
April 17th 2013 – Düsseldorf, Germany at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle (Tickets)
April 20th 2013 – Frankfurt, Germany at the Jahrhunderthalle (Tickets)
April 25th 2013 – München, Germany at the Zeniton (Tickets)
April 27th 2013 – Paris, France at the l’Olympia [Tickets on Sale November 5th at 9am]
May 12th 2013 – Birmingham, UK at the O2 Academy Birmingham
May 15th 2013 – Glasgow, UK at the O2 Academy Glasgow
May 19th 2013 – London, UK at the Hammersmith Apollo (Tickets)
May 23rd 2013 – Manchester, UK at the O2 Apollo
May 26th 2013 – Dublin, UK at the Vicar Street
May 29th 2013 – Amsterdam, Netherlands at the Heineken Music Hall [Pre-sales start November 2 at 3 pm on, general ticket sales start November 5th]
May 31st: Brussels, Belgium at the Vorst Nationaal

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