David Sneddon denies that Lana Del Rey is ‘manufactured’

'Fame Academy' winner says he'd love to work with 'Video Games' singer again

Fame Academy winner David Sneddon has insisted that Lana Del Rey isn’t “manufactured”.

Sneddon, who won the BBC talent show in 2002 and co-wrote the track ‘National Anthem’ for Del Rey’s debut LP ‘Born To Die’ with his musical partner James Bauer-Mein, rejected claims that the ‘Video Games’ star was inauthentic in an interview with the Independent.

He said:

She’d spent a while working on her sound before we met her so we were pretty quick to learn what she wanted out of a song. The lyrics are incredibly personal to her and although she enjoys the mystique of Hollywood imagery, you’ll find a story wrapped up in every song.


Sneddon and Bauer-Mein, who first started working with Del Rey in 2010, also said they’d be keen to collaborate with her again in the future. “We get along really well with Lana and had a lot of fun working with her on this album,” they said. “If Lana wants to collaborate on the next album, we’d love to be involved. Quite simply, her songs are fantastic.”

Lana Del Rey’s debut album ‘Born To Die’ was released earlier today (January 30). The singer is also set to re-release her original debut album, which was officially released in 2010 under her real name, Lizzie Grant. Del Rey, who also said that she has bought the rights to record and will be putting it out later this year, claimed: “People act like it’s so shrouded in mystery, the ‘forgotten terrible album’.

“But if you look on YouTube, all 13 tracks are available with millions of views, so it’s not like no-one’s heard them. We were all proud of it. It’s pretty good.”

Last week, Del Rey insisted that her life was “really normal” despite her rise to superstardom and even claimed that she still had the same babysitting job that she’d had before she became famous.

Read an exclusive interview with Lana Del Rey in the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.