Not So Fast

Instant pop fame strikes Lana Del Rey

Dana Edelson / NBC Universal

Lana del Rey

When Daniel Radcliffe introduced Saturday Night Live musical guest Lana Del Rey on Jan. 14, most viewers probably wondered who she was. An online starlet thanks to a couple of low-res YouTube videos, Del Rey has no chart hits, no album available and nothing in stores, save for a few magazine covers showcasing her early-'60s fashion sense and Mick Jagger--size lips. Such an unproven talent doesn't often appear on America's highest-profile stage for live music.

After she performed, the same viewers likely wondered how in the world she'd gotten there. Del Rey, 25, looked alternately dazed and terrified as she pouted...

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