Most of these songs aren’t written by the artist, or written alone by the artist. It’s not “self-expression” but finely calculated by the producers, record labels because “kids want to get high on the beach, we should write a song like that”.
Music today rarely has sincere meaning and thus this article is pretty pointless. Not saying all songs are like that but I noticed people seem to think that artists still write their own songs when in fact 90% of the time it’s a collaboration work and more often than not the artist himself/herself has very little say in the process. Especially in cases like Lana del Ray since she is a product made by a record label, and even she admitted that herself, her “Americana” image isn’t self expression more like a product designed for Millenial “OMG I hate existence my boyfriend doesnt love me” audience.