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 When Lana Del Rey began releasing music under that name, her album was withdrawn from iTunes, to avoid any confusion.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 awkwardly responded to potential backlash regarding her new album cover.
She's been accused of racism before now, but Lana Del Rey doesn't seem to make it any better when she tries to defend herself. We don't for a minute believe that the singer is a racist, but the white fragility is painfully strong in a recent Instagram post regarding her latest album cover.
Lana Del Rey at the Clive Davis' 2020 Pre-Grammy Gala / Photo Credit: SIPA USA/PA Images
The 35-year-old is set to drop her seventh album Chemtrails over the Country Club later this year, and yesterday (January 10th) unveiled the black and white retro-style cover art depicting herself and ten female friends crowded round a table. It's a fairly harmless image, but that didn't stop her from posting a seemingly pre-emptive defensive statement about people of colour.
Continue reading: Racism Or White Fragility? We Need To Talk About Lana Del Rey
From Lana Del Rey to Machine Gun Kelly, this could be an awesome month.
As some degree of normality returns to a crazy year and artists stop delaying their overdue album releases (COVID-19 isn't going anywhere any time soon after all), it looks like 2020 may not be a write-off for music in the end. Quarantine has obviously been good for some artists' creativity, because there's some seriously interesting looking releases coming this month alone.
Lana Del Rey at the 2020 Grammy Awards / Photo Credit: Image Press Agency/SIPA USA/PA Images
1. Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails over the Country Club
From Billie Eilish to Rammstein, this year has been an incredible one for music.From Billie Eilish to Rammstein, this year has been an incredible one for music.
We're ready to say goodbye to 2019 now that Christmas is over, but not without reflecting on what has been a wonderful year for the world of music. Whether your a pop lover or you prefer the rock world, whether rap is your life or dance is in your blood, this was a transformative year for sound. Here are the top 10 greatest albums of the last twelve months.
1. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Best song: Bad Guy
Without doubt the most sonically extraordinary album of this year, 18-year-old Billie Eilish's debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' has united both pop lovers and alternative listeners thanks to its experimental yet infectious ethos. It's naive yet poignant, fun yet deeply unsettling with themes of bravado, drugs, love, climate change and heartbreak woven throughout the poetic lyrics. There's no-one quite like Billie.
Lana Del Rey, Sleeper and more are coming over the next few weeks...
For the first of our monthly previews, it looks like we're in for another stellar month for music as we go into the start of Spring. We'll see a number of eagerly anticipated debut albums, a few exciting returns, as well as one very long-awaited comeback. Here are seven of the most exciting releases for the month.
Hozier - Wasteland, Baby!
Set to hit tomorrow is Hozier's second album following his hit self-titled debut from 2014. It features songs from his 2018 EP Nina Cried Power, and will be almost immediately followed by a North American tour. From what we've heard so far, it feels like another soaring, gospel-tinged collection and a lot more polished.
Continue reading: Upcoming Releases: What We're Looking Out For In March 2019
Ten huge new album releases coming up in 2019!
Happy New Year, music lovers! 2018 was a cracker for great albums, and the coming 12 months also promises to shape up. Here’s just ten of the most exciting new album releases scheduled for 2019.
Lana Del Rey has been teasing the release of her fifth studio album, with the working title Norman F***ing Rockwell, since the end of the summer. This week, she trailed it with the release of new single and video, with the unwieldy title ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it’, representing the fourth cut from the LP. There’s no release date as yet, but the last we heard LDR5 was going to appear in the first half of 2019.
Continue reading: Ten Huge Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2019
The week's biggest music news rounded up, including Coachella details, new Lana Del Rey music, and a Facebook petition for Stevie Nicks to work at McDonald's...
Coachella 2019 LINE-UP REVEALED
The line-up for the 2019 edition of Coachella Festival has been revealed, with the headliners named as Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande.
Coachella is held annually in the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on consecutive weekends in mid-April. In 2019, it’s set to take place on the weekends of April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st, with the three days of acts identical over each weekend.
It all started when Azealia criticised Del Rey for saying Kanye West needed "an intervention" over his support for Donald Trump.
The often controversial Banks, whose top hit single was ‘212’, had described Del Rey as “vapid”, after the singer had last week left a lengthy comment on Kanye West’s Instagram post. All this comes in the context of the rap megastar’s recurring support for the divisive president Trump. Got all that?
“Don’t use Kanye for your own vapid attempts to seem politically aware when there is SO MUCH MORE bootleg witchcraft you could be doing to TRY and take down 45,” Banks retorted on Instagram.
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey And Azealia Banks' Twitter Feud Escalates
The latest music news rounded up, including Dave Grohl covering Nirvana, new Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave albums and a Noel Gallagher book.
Dave Grohl PERFORMS NIRVANA’S ‘IN BLOOM’
Since finding colossal fame on his own terms with Foo Fighters all those years ago, Dave Grohl very rarely breaks into his former band Nirvana’s catalogue.
However, this week he made an exception, taking to the drums for a guest spot alongside Trombone Shorty at Los Angeles’ Voodoo Threauxdown Festival for a rendition of ‘In Bloom’, the classic fourth single from Nirvana’s Nevermind album.
Del Rey was performing in Antwerp on Tuesday night when a male fan decided to rush the stage.
Pop icon Lana Del Rey was reportedly knocked over by a crazed male fan who jumped the security barrier and rushed the stage at the singer’s gig in Antwerp earlier this week.
The American singer, 32, was performing at the Sportpaleis in the Belgian city on Tuesday night (April 17th), touring her most recent fourth studio album Lust For Life. It wasn’t until the next morning that footage of the incident surfaced, which showed a male fan apparently jumping over a railing onto the stage just as she was leaving, flanked by security.
Immediately, social media began to fill up with speculation that the star may have been injured, with some witnesses claiming that the man ‘landed’ on her. Spokespeople for Del Rey have not yet commented on the incident.
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey "Knocked Down" After Crazed Fan Rushes Stage
A man planning to kidnap the singer has been arrested.
A delusional fan of Lana Del Rey has been arrested in the hours leading up to her concert in Orlando, after cryptic online messages suggested he may have been planning to kidnap the star - who he believes is the love of his life.
Lana Del Rey at the Grammy Awards
A 43-year-old man named Michael Hunt was placed under arrest for 'aggravated stalking and attempted kidnapping with a weapon' by Florida police over the weekend after he was stopped a block away from Orlando's Amway Center where Lana was due to perform with a ticket to the concert and a knife.
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey 'Kidnapper' Nabbed By Police On His Way To Her Show
Lana Del Rey - Lana Del Rey walking around Larchmont Village wearing a denim shirt and matching Daisy Duke-style shorts - Larchmont Village, CA, United States - Saturday 14th September 2013
Lana Del Rey - Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend Barrie-James O'Neill leaving a recording studio - London, United Kingdom - Friday 12th July 2013
Lana Del Rey and Barrie-James O’Neill - Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend Barrie-James O'Neill leaving a recording studio - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th July 2013
Lana Del Rey, Camden Roundhouse and Budweiser Tuesday 25th September 2012 Lana Del Rey leaves Camden Roundhouse after performing at her iTunes gig wearing a Budweiser sweatshirt
Date of birth
21st June, 1985
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