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'Video Games' : Song of the Month! by Zachary, Teen Blogger

Lana Del Ray

"Video Games" is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. The song was written and composed by Del Rey and Justin Parker, with Del Ray describing the music styling as "gangsta Nancy Sinatra".   It was first released to the Internet on June 29, 2011, and later re-released as the first single from the album Born to Die on October 10, 2011, through Interscope Records. 

"Video Games" attained commercial success, reaching number one in Germany and top-ten positions in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The song was promoted with an accompanying music video (seen above) that was directed and edited by the singer herself, combining scenes of Del Rey performing the song filmed on a webcam with clips of archive footage. In an interview for British online magazine The Quietus, Del Rey stated that the inspiration for the song came from her ex-boyfriend, commenting, "I think we came together because we were both outsiders. It was perfect. But I think with that contentment also comes sadness. There was something heavenly about that life – I'd go to work and he'd play his video games - but also it was maybe too regular on his part...".
On January 14, 2012, Del Rey appeared on Saturday Night Live (SNL), singing "Video Games". Her performance soon came under scrutiny and was even criticized by NBC anchor Brian Williams. Williams referred to the performance as "one of the worst outings in SNL history". Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who hosted the show the night Del Rey performed, quickly came to her defense, stating that criticism toward her was less about the performance and more about "her past and her family".
~ Zachary - Teen Blogger


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