In less time than it took us to bother figuring out how to say Michael Bublé, Lana Del Rey has gone from obscurity to music-critic lightning rod to Nationally Televised Pop Star. The husky-voiced singer-songwriter whose nom de pop is to Lizzy Grant what Lady Gaga was to Stefani Germanotta will put a non-virtual exclamation point on her internet-fueled rise with a performance on Saturday Night Live on January 14. Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe will host.
The announcement follows last week's release of a video for the title track from Del Rey's upcoming Interscope debut Born to Die, which sent our senior editor Christopher R. Weingarten into search-engine-optimization mode. You know what they say: There's no such thing as a bad click!
Here Del Rey is performing her viral hit "Video Games" live on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland. Now let's all act surprised when Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky "comes out of nowhere" next.