Lana Del Rey fans that were looking forward to hearing her on the upcoming Brian Wilson solo album will be disappointed to know that she has quit the project. The Beach Boys legend published a brief statement saying that Lana Del Rey was part of his upcoming album at one point — but now she has “canceled” on Brian Wilson’s solo album.
Brian Wilson, formerly of the legendary surfer band, The Beach Boys, was described by Vulture Magazine as “a songwriting genius and a national treasure, but he’s more like your dad than a god. He’s awkward, gracious, loves oldies-but-goodies, doesn’t listen to Kanye West, and really wants his kids to think he’s cool.”
About Lana Del Rey canceling her upcoming part in his solo album, Brian Wilson said, “Well, Frank Ocean didn’t want to do the song. He wanted to do rap, so we canceled him. Lana Del Rey, uh, she just canceled out on us.”
Why would Lana Del Rey flake on this “songwriting genius”? In the past, Lana Del Rey has collaborated with Bobby Womack, A$AP Rocky, Emile Haynie — and others.
In fact, it seems like everyone says they are going to collaborate with Lana Del Rey. Good examples of people that got a lot of attention for their potential Lana Del Rey collaborations are James Franco and Courtney Love.
Hey wait, isn’t James Franco an actor and not a musician? James Franco explains that he and Lana Del Rey are both performers, so collaborations are possible. He also says Lana Del Rey has a great idea for a movie that he’s interested in helping come to fruition.
Around the end of January, James Franco did an essay for V Magazine where he gushed over his “friend” Lana Del Rey saying, “The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice is the central axle around which the spokes of everything else extend. My axle, like her voice is for her, is my acting. Out of it, I do everything else.”
James Franco goes on to say that, “Lana lives in her art…. she isn’t made for this earth. She is made to live in the world she creates. She is one who has been so disappointed by life, she had to create her own world. Just let her live in it.”
James Franco stated in that same essay that he was going to collaborate with Lana Del Rey on a movie idea she told him about that reminds him of Sunset Boulevard. In it, a woman lives in Los Angeles but never leaves her big house. Because of that, she starts to go crazy and feel paranoid. James Franco goes on to state that he likes this idea of hers because, “It’s like an awesome B-movie that lives in Lana’s head. It’s about her, and it’s not about her. Just like her music.”
Does any of this sound like a reason Lana Del Rey might be shy and not feel like collaborating? To clarify, if James Franco had an answer to explain to Brian Wilson about why Lana Del Rey was canceling her collaboration, maybe it would go something like the following.
“The thing about singers, especially the ones who write their own lyrics, is that everyone reads the person into the songs. An actor is sometimes aligned with his roles, but a singer is asked about her lyrics as if they were direct statements of her true thoughts and feelings.”
What is the word from Lana Del Rey? Did she feel the project with Brian Wilson would or could not be “direct statements of her true thoughts and feelings”?
Within 24 hours of the interview by Brian Wilson being published, Lana Del Rey posted on her Instagram account “KJAZZ all the time” and linked a photo of Bubba Jackson from the Los Angeles-based KKJZ-88.1 FM.
Or, perhaps we can focus on Lana Del Rey’s recent Twitter profile byline to try to discern clues about why she decided to drop the Brian Wilson project. Lana Del Rey’s Twitter byline states, “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”
Perhaps we will get lucky and Lana Del Rey will explain why she dropped the Brian Wilson project in her next interview?
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