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Lana Del Rey discusses feeling like an "older sister" to Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish

21 September 2023, 11:40 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lana Del Rey sings the praises of Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish, and explains that she feels like their "older sister".

When asked about how she processes being an inspiration for a younger generation of musicians, Del Rey replied: “Billie and Olivia are such good people, it’s fucking awesome. I love them and their music. It’s not like you have to be nice to be good [in music]. But, if you happen to be nice and a great singer, it makes me happy for the culture,” She added, “I always had girls telling me [things like] that. Maybe not the critics or anybody else — but singers I knew, no matter how big or small, would write me letters. I always felt like the older sister to pretty much everyone I ever met.”

Both Rodrigo and Eilish have been vocal about how Del Rey's music has affected them in the past. Rodrigo presented Del Rey with the Visionary Award at the Billboard Women in Music Awards earlier this year. Following this, fans thought there may be a collaboration on the way.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about Del Rey, Rodrigo said: "Lana's work taught me how effective sentimentality can be in songwriting. She defies any stereotypes of what a woman writing pop songs should or shouldn't be." Adding that Del Rey is always pushing boundaries, she said that her work is "fresh, adventurous and unabashedly feminine."

Whilst appearing on Dua Lipa’s At Your Service podcast, Eilish said that Del Rey’s debut album, Born To Die, changed her perspective on artistry and making music. “‘Born To Die...I feel that that album changed music and especially changed music for girls and the potential of what is possible."

Elsewhere in the interview, Del Rey went into detail about working at Waffle House in Alabama, earlier this year. Humorously she acknowledged that the viral moment appeared to overshadow the release of her ninth studio album, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.

"I wish my album had gone as viral," she said. "I woke up to, like, 10,000 texts the next morning — some from folks I had not heard from for 10 years: 'Saw your picture at the Waffle House!' I was like, “Did you hear the new album?”

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