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Lana Del Rey (born Elizabeth Grant 21.6.1986)
Lana Del Rey is an American singer songwriter who became widely known with the release of her single 'Video Games' in 2011
Lana Del Rey: Biography
Since the release of 'Video Games,' Lana Del Rey's offstage identity has been the subject of much discussion and intrigue.
Lana Del Rey (or rather, Elizabeth Grant) was born in New York City. Her father, Rob Grant, is a domain investor and a millionaire. She then grew up around Lake Placid and at the age of 15, left to go to boarding school in Connecticut.
Lana Del Rey: Music
Lana Del Rey released an EP in 2008 entitled 'Kill Kill' and in January 2010, released a full length album. The album was entitled Lana Del Rey but at the time, she was recording under her own name, Lizzy Grant. The album was released on an independent label and produced by David Kahne. According to Lizzy, "David asked to work with me only a day after he got my demo. She chose Kahne to produce the record on account of his pedigree - he has worked with a huge range of successful artists in the past, including The Strokes, The Bangles, Regina Spektor and Paul Mccartney.
Robert Grant is said to have helped with the marketing of the album. When Lana Del Rey began releasing music under that name, her album was withdrawn from iTunes, to avoid any confusion.
In June 2011, Lana Del Rey signed to Stranger Records, who are also home to Thomas Tantrum and Penguin Prison. However, when her debut single, 'Video Games' was released, she then signed to Interscope Records. She said at the time (in an interview for The Observer in the UK) that 'Video Games' was her favourite track, hence posting it online but it was not originally intended to be the lead single. Media attention surrounding Del Rey began to snowball and by the end of October 2011, Q magazine announced that she would be the recipient of their 'Next Big Thing' award.
The track 'Video Games' was also selected to feature in the TV series Ringer. She promoted the single with a number of live performances, including playing the Bowery Ballroom in New York and on MTV Push. A performance on Later. With Jools Holland also raised her profile in the UK.
To accompany some of her tracks, Lana Del Rey also directed some of her own music videos. The video to 'Video Games' was filmed in a retro, Super-8 style.
Born to Die, the debut album recorded under the name Lana Del Rey was released in January 2012, after the title track became the second single. On 14th January, she made her debut live US TV appearance on Saturday Night Live. Her performance was not well received, though, with many commenting on her lack of confidence onstage.
At the start of 2012, Lana Del Rey had already been nominated for a MTV Brand New award and the International Breakthrough Act at the 2012 BRIT Awards.
The singer releases her new album later this year.
Lana Del Rey returns with a hypnotic new single entitled 'Love'; the first release from her upcoming fourth major label studio album, the details of which will be announced later this year. It's a soaring, ambient, rhythmic anthem about the sanctity of youth.
Lana Del Rey launches a new single entitled 'Love'
The song was unveiled over the weekend, with Emile Haynie, Benny Blanco and Kieron Menzies among the producers, alongside Rick Nowels with whom she has worked on since her 2012 major label debut 'Born to Die'. Expect the official video for 'Love' to be released very soon.
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey Has The World In 'Love' With Her New Single
More acts are still to be announced in the coming weeks.
Frank Ocean is the latest headliner to be announced for Way Out West Festival this summer, adding the event to his ever growing list of upcoming summer festival appearances this year. The xx and Chance The Rapper have also been announced alongside already confirmed acts Lana Del Rey and Pixies.
Frank Ocean to headline Way Out West 2017
The festival, which takes place at Slottsskogen Park in Gothenburg, Sweden between August 10th and 12th, has already been announced to host acts such as Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Pixies and Young Thug, but Ocean joins the list of top billed artists in his very latest festival booking.
Andrew Lockwood picks his favourite albums of 2015.
10. Belle & Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime'.
A glorious return to top form for Belle & Sebastian. 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' contains all the bands trade mark signatures as well as introducing a few new ones. The generally up beat, playful tone of the album is full of pathos, dark humour and heartfelt musings. This is Belle & Sebastian back to their creative best. With an arty intellect and a wry take on life they have combined some of their most varied musical scores to date with more of their joyous lyrics.
9. Girl Band - 'Holding Hands With Jamie'.
A wake up call that needs to be heard. 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is a shot in the arm; a torrent of musical mayhem and magnificent noise. Distorted and unrelenting, 'Holding Hands..' is an unapologetic onslaught to the senses and a nerve tingling jolt of excitement. A quite brilliant debut.
Continue reading: Andrew Lockwood's Top 10 Albums Of 2015
In this somewhat sanctimonious and cynical world in which we live, where everything is analysed to the Nth degree and there is more time spent looking at flaws and faults than achievement and artistry, it would be quite easy to be derisory about Lana Del Rey (many of her detractors already have been). I think some are happier just to pick holes whilst others are just missing the point and don't get it. Either way they are losing out.
Lana Del Rey is unique. Her whole image, persona, style, song writing and delivery is unparalleled in contemporary music. Whether you think it's conceptualised or cliched doesn't really matter to me because the end result is such sublime music. She may be mocked and mimicked in equal measure but no one does what she does so well; there is no one who can touch her as a torch song singer.
Lana Del Rey is like a David Lynch dream realised. She flirts with the seedy, sleazy and subversive but sells the seductive, sultry chanteuse so well. Lana lives in a world between twilight and dusk where lamp light and shadows make for a sense of foreboding unease. She's a guilty pleasure that resides in a perversely attractive dimly lit underworld. On her fourth album, 'Honeymoon', Lana barely sets foot into daylight, she inhabits a world of cocktail dresses and kitten heels, double-breasted wide pinstriped suits and brogues, flock wallpaper, velvet and velour and you have to say she's in her element.
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon Album Review
The Pink Floyd guitarist has scored his second solo number one album in the UK.
Dave Gilmour has topped this week’s UK album chart, beating Lana Del Rey to the number one spot. Gilmour previously landed at number one just 10 months ago with band Pink Floyd’s latest release The Endless River.
Lana Del Rey has missed out on the top spot of the UK album chart.
Rattle That Lock gives Gilmour his second chart topper as a solo artist, following 2006’s On An Island. Speaking to OfficialCharts.com Gilmour said, "It's thrilling to get a Number 1 album, we all want to hit the top spot, however long we've been at it, I'm delighted.”
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey's 'Honeymoon' Beaten By Dave Gilmour In Chart Battle
The actor is following up an essay he wrote for V magazine with a full 100 page book to be released next year.
James Franco is taking his fandom of Lana Del Rey to a higher level, with the news that he’s to follows up an essay he wrote about the singer earlier this year with a full book, to be released in 2016.
Music news site Stereogum reports that 37 year old actor has co-authored a 100-page book with the help of writer David Shields, entitled ‘Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey’. It follows a short essay called ‘Shades of Cool’ he wrote for V magazine earlier in 2015, and will be published on March 15th next year.
James Franco has written a book about Lana Del Rey
Continue reading: James Franco Writes A Whole Book About Lana Del Rey
Producer Emile Haynie teams up with Andrew Wyatt, Lana Del Rey, Brian Wilson and others.
Grammy winning record producer Emile Haynie makes a career turning point by unleashing his first album as a recording artist, 'We Fall', complete with collaborations with some of the biggest talent in the music industry today. But who exactly is he?
Emile Haynie releases debut album 'We Fall'
His name will be doubtlessly familiar to those fans of the rap world, having began his career in hip hop, but now he's set to make waves as a songwriter, enlisting some of the greatest vocalists and performers to work with him on his first release; an impressive feat for someone who started out working in a home studio in New York before dropping out of school. Luckily, it wasn't long before his work was picked up by Proof from D-12, who introduced him to Eminem, and the rest is history. He won a Grammy after producing Eminem's album 'Recovery', went on to discover Kid Cudi and worked with some of the world's greatest rappers including Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to name but a few.
Continue reading: Who Is Emile Haynie? New Album 'We Fall' Features Some Impressive Guests
For the fifth year running, the Governors Ball three day festival will take place in NYC.
Drake, The Black Keys, Florence And The Machine and Lana Del Rey are among the names confirmed for this year’s Governors Ball, to be held in New York’s Randall's Island from June 5th to 7th. The festival will mark the first time both Florence And The Machine and Lana Del Rey have played in NYC since 2012.
Drake will be heading to Randall's Island on June 5th
DJ DeadMau5, who will be playing his first NYC show since 2011 has also been confirmed, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, St. Vincent and Weird Al Yankovic.
The singer has tried to clarify his involvement in the controversial video which leaked online last month.
Last month a controversial NSFW video leaked online, directed by Eli Roth, which depicted singer Lana Del Rey being raped. The footage was said to have been shot for a Marilyn Manson music video, however the singer’s camp quickly released a statement denying his involvement. Now Manson has finally spoken out about the video and the exact nature of his involvement.
Marilyn Manson has spoken for the first time about the controversial Lana Del Rey video
Back when the video leaked online in November, a statement from Manson’s camp read, “"Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music.” Adding, “It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else's Lana Del Rey footage.”
Continue reading: Marilyn Manson Offers Explanation For That Leaked Lana Del Rey Video
A third album is in the pipeline already, though no confirmed release date is on the horizon as yet.
Surprising news from the world of pop: Lana Del Rey is apparently already working on her third album, despite only releasing a record less than six months ago.
Speaking in a special edition of Galore magazine, and being interviewed by her sister Chuck Grant, the 29 year old singer was asked whether she was working on anything new and she responded: “Yeah, I just wrote two songs for Tim Burton and Harvey Weinstein’s film called Big Eyes and I’m working on a new record.”
Despite only releasing her second album six months ago, Lana Del Rey is already working on her third
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey Already Working On Third Album
Date of birth
21st June, 1985
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