party on with lana del rey

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our november cover star helps us celebrate our america issue—here’s how you can, too.

There's only one way to celebrate a cover star as cool as Lana Del Rey--and that's with an equally awesome party. On Friday, November 1st, NYLON and Wildfox celebrated our November issue cover with host Lana Del Rey and Editor-in-Chief Marvin Scott Jarrett at Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles.

Couldn't make it to the party? It's easy to throw your own, whether you're screening Tropico or just want to play Born To Die on repeat. Here's what you need:

1) A spot-on guest list. At our event, it included the musician's boyfriend, Barry James O’Neill, designer friend Jeremy Scott, actors Caroline D’Amore, Willa Holland, Zelda Rae Williams, Shenae Grimes, Greg Vaughan, Wildfox’s Jimmy Sommers, and of course, NYLON’s own Jaclynn and Marvin Scott Jarrett.

2) A perfect playlist. Ours was courtesy of DJ duo Oliver (aka Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein and Vaughn “U-tern” Oliver), but you could throw on some of Lana Del Rey's favorite musicians (think Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison) to a Spotify playlist and call it a night.

3) A very Lana cocktail menu. We named our drinks after her hit songs (think the National Anthem and Dark Paradise, both of which were created from Voli Mango Coconut and Voli light), and served up delicious red and white wines from Thorny Rose (which sounds like it could be a Lana Del Rey song title, right?).

4) A photo moment-ready backdrop. The visuals are so important to Lana Del Rey's music, so no party should be without its own photo op. For ours, we had guests get their pic snapped in front of Wildfox’s custom denim American flag (anyone else getting very "Born To Die" flashbacks?).

5) A Lana Del Rey-approved outfit. To our November issue party she wore a leather moto jacket, a mesh top, and Aldo sling-back mules.

Follow along with these steps and you'll get a party that is definitely paradise--at least, ours was. For proof, check out our photo gallery.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.