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Lana Del Rey to Debut at No. 2, Declares Love for Britney Spears

Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears
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Congrats to Lana Del Rey! The ‘Video Games’ singer not only topped the iTunes chart with her debut, she’s also poised to hit at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Who can Del Rey thank for inspiring her to make music? Not Nancy Sinatra nor any of Andy Warhol’s mod muses. Del Rey admitted she’s “compelled” by none other than Britney Spears!

“I’m not really interested in a ton of female musicians but there is something about Britney that compelled me,” Del Rey told British radio station Magic 105.4 (via MTV). “The way she sings and just the way she looks.”

Billboard reports that ‘Born to Die’ will be Del Rey’s second visit to the Top 200 in less than a month. Her self-titled EP hit No. 20 three weeks ago and is still on the chart (albeit much further down at No. 162). Adele‘s virtually unstoppable ’21′ will likely withhold the top spot from Del Rey’s debut.

Despite her sales success, Del Rey’s detractors seem to have gotten her down. ”The thing that makes me happy now isn’t really singing,” she told Magic. “Music was once the be-all and end-all, but when you lose everything you have over and over again, it’s not so important.”

Perhaps she’ll cheer up once she realizes she has a strong defender: her label boss, Jimmy Iovine. When faced with criticism over the marketing of the former Lizzy Grant, Iovine says her talent in undeniable, no matter what kind of pouty package it comes in. When asked about ‘Born to Die,’ Iovine said, it’s “Great lyrics and great songs. I don’t care what anybody says, ‘Video Games’ is a great song. When she sings that song, it moves me,” he gushed. “It’s how we signed her — we saw her, she sang and it was beautiful. I think she’s really talented. Period.”

Chin up, Lana. For everyone who laughed at her ‘SNL’ performance, she’s laughing all the way up the charts — and to the bank.

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