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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 When Lana Del Rey began releasing music under that name, her album was withdrawn from iTunes, to avoid any confusion.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.
It's no longer appropriate to sing her controversial 2012 song.
With the predatory uncurrent of Hollywood finally being unveiled, Lana Del Rey has decided to drop one of her tracks from any future set list. Her tune 'Cola' from her 2012 EP 'Paradise' has always been a controversial one, but in the current climate it would be a tasteless one to tour with.
Lana Del Rey performing at Way Out West festival
'Cola', which went on to feature in the reissue of her second album 'Born to Die: The Paradise Edition', was co-written by Rick Nowels with lyrics inspired by a comment that Lana's former boyfriend made about American girls.
Continue reading: Here's Why You Won't Hear Lana Del Rey's Song 'Cola' Live
Lana del Rey made it her ''goal'' to be happy on her new album 'Lust for Life' as she felt a ''little stuck in the same spot'' with her previous music.
Lana Del Rey's ''goal'' on her new album was to be happy.
The 'Summertime Sadness' hitmaker wanted to experience having ''a lot of momentum'' in her daily life with her latest LP 'Lust for Life' as she felt a ''little stuck in the same spot'' with her previous music.
Asked if she's happy, she said: ''Yeah ... That was my goal, you know, to get to that place of feeling like in my daily life I had a lot of momentum. Like a moving-on-ness from wherever that other place was that 'Honeymoon' and 'Ultraviolence' came from. I loved those records, but I felt a little stuck in the same spot.''
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey's Album Goal
This American girl is losing respect for her own country.
Lana Del Rey might be your typical all-American girl in many ways, but she's feeling less than patriotic these days thanks to Trump. In fact, she's determined to change up her whole image and that includes removing national flag images from all her tour visuals.
Lana Del Rey at the Brit Awards
The singer is releasing her eagerly anticipated fourth studio album 'Lust for Life' this week, and while it's another album brimming with American nostalgia, she admits that she does feel 'uncomfortable' singing love songs about her country in the current political climate.
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey Shuns The American Flag From Her Future Tours
Lana Del Rey insists her new album 'Lust For Life' is the ''complete opposite'' of her 2012 debut 'Born To Die'.
Lana Del Rey insists her new album is the ''complete opposite'' of 'Born To Die'.
The 32-year-old musician released her debut studio album five years ago in 2012, and as she gears up to release her fifth venture 'Lust For Life' next month, the star insists her sound couldn't be more evolved.
She said: ''They're complete opposites, and it's funny because when I chose the title, I didn't think about it right away. It was the title of the first song I wrote for this record. But there are so many things that have gotten me to the point that I'm at now. One of them is just time. And because I do write everything myself, I just wanted to chronicle how I was feeling honestly, in the moment, for each record.''
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life Is The 'opposite' Of Born To Die
G-Eazy's new album will represent the ''next chapter'' of his life and explore the ''yin and yang'' of his personality.
G-Eazy's new album will represent the ''next chapter'' of his life.
The 28-year-old musician - whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum - is gearing up to release his fifth studio album 'The Beautiful and Damned' later this year, and has said the music on the record will explore the ''yin and yang'' of his personality.
He said: ''This is the next chapter of Gerald. I think [the fans] know me well enough by now, so this is just the next chapter of my life. I'm further exploring my Gemini; you know, the duality and the split personality of who I am. That's 'The Beautiful and Damned'. There's multiple layers to the title and the concept of the album, but that's one of the better messages. I'm exploring that yin and yang of my personality.''
Continue reading: G-Eazy's New Album Reflects 'new Chapter' In Life
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.
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
Date of birth
21st June, 1985
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