For some reason, this is hard for some people to believe, but when one considers the dismal cynicism of the music, it makes sense. Nonetheless, this is one of the few times I will write an article appealing to the intended audience as opposed to that of their grandparents.
Del Rey is not a mainstream pop star, though her debut album (actually her second) did sell 7 million copies. Miley Cyrus is a mainstream pop star. Maroon 5 is a mainstream pop band. Lana Del Rey is far from mainstream, in spite of mainstream popularity.
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