Lana Del Rey unveils video, to appear on ‘American Idol’ March 22

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The Lana Del Rey juggernaut continues: The hotly debated singer will do a pair of three-night residencies in June, the first at the El Rey in Los Angeles followed by another in her native New York.

The El Rey stint runs June 3-5, for which tickets go on sale Saturday, and her Irving Plaza engagement is June 7, 8 and 10, on sale Friday.

She’ll also have a shot this week at redeeming, or confirming, her endlessly discussed national television debut appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in January, as she’s slated to sing “Video Games” on Thursday’s episode of “American Idol.”

In addition, a new video for her song “Blue Jeans” from the ‘Born to Die’ album, which has sold 160,000 copies since its release in January according to Nielsen SoundScan, has just arrived on YouTube. An earlier video for the song that was something of a travelogue through vintage Las Vegas has racked up nearly 11 million hits since it was posted in September.


The new one, directed by Yoann Lemoine, is a stylish black-and-white noir-ish scene of a romantic poolside encounter between Del Rey and her heavily tattooed objet d’amour. It can be seen here:


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-- Randy Lewis