That kind of message isn't exclusive to Lana del Rey's music.
But since I've already personally listened to the debut albums of Lorde, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, the point that Lorde made can be explained just as well without Lana del Rey.
Anyway, what Lorde meant by the above quote was that girls do not have to find meaning solely in a romantic relationship, which basically undermines the existence of every Disney princess ever (with the exception of Merida, of course).
And this is point of the discussion into which Ariana Grande factors.
Some of you may know Ariana Grande from her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show, "Victorious" and its spin-off series, "Sam and Cat."
On her sophomore album, "My Everything," Ariana Grande has a song with Iggy Azalea, entitled "Problem." It's a break-up song, mind you, but it goes something like this:
And that's just the first verse.
So what's the bottom line here?
Well, all three women are currently getting a lot of attention, but for very different reasons.
Ariana Grande is a former child actor-turned singer, which is hardly a rarity, what with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
She's been compared to Christina Aguilera, one of her personal idols.
But the similarities between the two don't go much further beyond "Genie in a Bottle."
For Aguilera's 2002 album, "Stripped," she abandoned the "teen pop" image from her self-titled 1999 debut and took artistic control to a groundbreaking level by producing the album and cowriting many of the songs on it.
In "Can't Hold Us Down," she calls B.S. on patriarchal double standards towards women.
Featured on the song is Lil' Kim, who has accused Nicki Minaj (with whom Ariana Grande collaborated on "Bang Bang") of ripping off her style.
Also on the album was the song, "Beautiful," which won a GLAAD award for its music video's positive portrayal of a gay couple.
And what of Ariana Grande?
As much as I enjoy her music, her debut album (and, presumably, her sophomore album) consists mainly of R&B songs about either love, breaking up, or parties.
Sure, "Stripped" has that as well, but it doesn't take up the entire album.
Iggy Azalea, meanwhile, is distinct as a rapper in two ways.
She's a female rapper, although she has yet to be as universally respected as, say, MC Lyte or Lauryn Hill.
She's also white, which is where some major hurdles come up.
In 2012, Macklemore was big as a white rapper, but he hasn't put out another album since then.
And besides, it's almost impossible to be a white rapper nowadays without needing to distinguish yourself from the Beastie Boys or Eminem.
They didn't just raise the bar for white rappers; they ran off with it.
Bottom line, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea can't both have long-term success if they're doing musically what everyone else is doing musically.
Also, it's been said that they don't work very well with others, which isn't a particularly good trait to have for anyone, including a musician.
And that brings us back to Lorde.
With a few possible exceptions, there aren't a lot of other musicians who can be compared with Lorde.
The fact that Lorde has, in a way, come out of nowhere to achieve well-deserved near-unanimous acclaim gives her a kind of dark horse/underdog status that separates her from contemporaries like Ariana Grande (TV star) and Iggy Azalea (T.I.'s protégé).
But comparing these three women isn't exactly fair.
I think every musician has the potential to be great for his/her own reasons.
No one says the Beatles were great for the same reason that, say, Kendrick Lamar is.
Otherwise, there wouldn't be any variety in music.
And then what would I rant about in this journal entry?
Also, for further ranting, check out this article: thinkprogress.org/culture/2014…