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Well, if you were wondering why every love song on Lana Del Rey's new album sounds more like a funeral dirge, we may have an explanation for you:

Lana got engaged to Barrie-James O'Neill earlier this year, but the gloomy chanteuse revealed in a recent interview that she and O'Neill are "currently not together."

Barrie-James O'Neill, Lana Del Rey

Asked to elaborate, Lana stated, "He is a wonderful person. But there are some things with which he has to deal. I will not explain it in detail. I no longer felt free. We'll see how it goes."

We suppose the news isn't entirely shocking, as Del Rey's latest album, Ultraviolence, is filled with musings about breakups and bad relationships. 

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In a bizarre interview published last week, Lana Del Rey glamorized premature death, and hinted that she'd like to emulate her idols Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain by not living to see 30.

Naturally, a lot of people took offense to this mind-blowingly foolish statement, and one of the critics of Lana's comments knows all too well about the pain that can be caused by one person's reckless disregard for their own health and well-being.

Frances Cobain lost her father - legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain - when she was just a year old.

The young artist was understandably upset by Lana's comments and has made her feelings clear on Twitter:

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Lana Del Rey has never exactly been a ball of sunshine (except when she performed as Lizzie Grant in her first attempt at a singing career, but that's a different story). With comments she made in a recent interview with The Guardian, however, Lana's taken her gloomy disposition to a troubling new level.

"I wish I was dead already," says Lana early in the conversation. Things somehow get darker from there, with the singer listing Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse as two of her idols, and seeming to believe she can best emulate them by dying prematurely.

When the interviewer (sensibly) encourages her not to say such things, Lana - sounding very much like a morose teen - argues that she really means it.

"I do!" she exclaims. "I don't want to have to keep doing this but I am."

When the interviewer prompts Lana to explain what she means by "doing this," she elaborates, "Everything. That's just how I feel. If it wasn't that way then I wouldn't say it."

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Summer might not officially begin until June 21, but unofficially, the hottest season of the year is here. Bathing suits, sunscreen, and the beach are all calling our names.

You know what else this season needs? More... MUSIC. Songs of summer, to be exact.

What, exactly, IS a "song of summer"? Right now it's what every artist is trying to acquire: the most played song of the season that most ... well, reminds us of summer.

Our favorite warm-weather jams conjure up images of bodies of water, dancing, frozen and/or boozy drinks, and maybe even some lovin'. Preferably all of the above.

To that end, we've compiled a playlist of 21 songs of summer, comprised of #1 hits and hot songs we love that remind us of our carefree time in the sun.

Roll your windows down, turn your radio up, and cruise through this gallery ...

THE song of summer, Will Smith's "Summertime" has been oft-imitated, never duplicated.

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Lana Del Rey sang at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's rehearsal dinner, performing her hit "Young and Beautiful," which is reportedly a favorite of Kim's.

No surprise that Kim loves a ditty about outer beauty, what is surprising is that despite rumors that Lana received a massive payday fro the event, the singer claims she actually performed for free!

TMZ cameras caught up with Lana at LAX recently where she politely explained that there's no truth to reports that she received $2.8 million to singe for Kimye. 

"I would never let a friend pay me to sing at a wedding," says Lana in the clip above.

So if you're getting hitched in the near future, just become "friends" with Lana on Facebook and then send her a request to perform on your big day. Hurry, before she changes her mind!

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What's in a name? As it turns out, maybe everything.

Since Shakespeare first posited the question in Romeo and Juliet, actors have been using fake names to land professional roles. Not only did it allow them some semblance of privacy before the dawn of Wikipedia, but let's face it, some people just aren't born with great names.

Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor? Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? Quite a mouthful.

If an actor or musician's entire career is dedicated to being someone else - a character or personality, perhaps - then a good stage name can go a long way to making that career explode.

More celebrities use pseudonyms than you might think. In fact, here are 67 stars who don't use their real names. Which ones did you know before viewing this gallery?

Musical sensation Lorde was given the name Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor at birth. We'd probably go with Lorde, too.

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Lana Del Rey sang at Kim Kardashian's rehearsal dinner over the weekend, and while it's cool that she played such a key role in the star-studded Wedding of the Century, we're even more impressed by Lana's latest feat - looking incredibly hot without a drop of makeup!

Lana Del Rey No Makeup Photo

Yes, the former Lizzie Grant took a bare-faced photo for German magazine Intro's "selfie issue," and she looks just as gorgeous au naturel as she does when she's glammed-up to take the stage.

We like that Lana accessorized with a baseball cap and ice cream bar to really give the impression of a candid, off-guard moment (even though she took the photo herself).

Speaking to the magazine about her new album Ultraviolence, Lana says, "It has all the elements I wanted: beauty, hardness, feminity, the clash between masculine and feminine."

We'd say the same about the photo above! (We're guessing a stylish baseball cap is the closest Lana ever gets to "masculine.")

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The Kimye wedding weekend is officially underway.

Hundreds of guests reportedly descended tonight at the Palace of Versailles for a rehearsal dinner that included a performance Lana Del Rey, whose music was used to score Kanye West’s proposal to Kim Kardashian in October.

  • Lana Del Rey Performs for Kimye
  • Kimye Rehearsal Dinner Photo

Guests - who convened around 7 p.m. local time - included Jonathan Cheban, Simon Huck, Rick Rubin, Guy Oseary, Gunnar Peterson, Harley Pasterna and Alber Elbaz.

They had to pass through a security checkpoint and were then driven across a cobblestone courtyard to a gilded gate… where horses and riders stood at attention.

Those in attendance were treated to a seven-minute fireworks display.

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While the Palace of Versailles may have rejected Kim Kardashian and Kanye West singer Lana Del Rey is more than happy to take part in the power couples' Wedding of the Century.

Well, actually, Lana also turned Kanye down the first time he requested a private performance, but unlike with the folks at Versailles, Yeezy was able to come up with enough cash to make Lana change her mind.

Kim is said to be a big fan of Lana's and Ye and reportedly offered the singer a ton of cash to sing while he proposed to his future wife. 

She declined, and instead Kanye just hired an orchestra to play Lana's hit "Young and Beautiful" as he popped the question.

The song, which is featured in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, is reportedly Kim's favorite, hence Kanye's desperate desire to feature it prominently at both the proposal and the wedding.

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Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" has been a hit on the Internet since it first hit iTunes last month.

The video that accompanies the song was just released today and it's unlikely to hurt the popularity of Lana's smash single.

While the 4-minute clip features few surprises, Lana knows how to giver her fans what they want: she's in SoCal, in slow-motion black-and-white, twirling and smoking cigarettes.

This video couldn't be anymore Lana Del Rey if it consisted of nothing but LDR screaming her name over and over. And that's what makes it great.

The song and clip are so solid even Lana's dad dissing Lorde on Twitter again couldn't slow them down.

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