Lana Del Rey

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Born in New York City in 1986, Lana Del Rey, an American singer-songwriter made her big splash in the music world with the debut of her second studio album, Born to Die, released in January 2012, and re-released in November 2012 as the Paradise Edition with... ... read more

Lana Del Rey Videos

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LANA DEL REY-VIDEO GAMES 9,147,607 views
LANA DEL REY-BLUE JEANS 3,124,607 views
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die (Official Audio) 201,228 views
Lana Del Rey - Video Games (Live At The Premises) 1,432,321 views
Lana Del Rey - Video Games (live on Jools Holland, Oct.11, 2011) 568,611 views
Lana Del Rey at the 2011 Q Awards 78,892 views
Lana Del Rey - You Can Be the Boss 733,957 views
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans (Live at the Premises) 475,311 views

Lana Del Rey Bio

Topless Lana del Rey embraced by a tattooed man in front of the American flag.

Born in New York City in 1986, Lana Del Rey, an American singer-songwriter made her big splash in the music world with the debut of her second studio album, Born to Die, released in January 2012, and re-released in November 2012 as the Paradise Edition with seven new songs.

Del Rey is an indie version of Katy Perry, infused with deeper vocals, sexualized lyrics, and her trademark – 1960s "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" style, with a slower tempo. Her music has a hauntingly beautiful nostalgic texture, like Marylyn Monroe's breathy serenade to JFK on his birthday (hence Del Rey's re-enactment of this historical event in her music video for "National Anthem"). She sings about her fantasies of embarking on a forbidden love and digressing from society's conventional expectations.

Her first single, "Video Games", harnessed the attention of YouTube watchers as the homemade music video went viral. "Video Games" tells the story of a naïve, insecure girl in a relationship with a man who ignores her, yet she relentlessly strives to please him. Like her other songs, this tragic story is embellished with beautiful accompanying music – this one is accompanied by delicately plucked pizzicato strings. "Blue Jeans" narrates a woman's undying love for her Romeo who went to jail. The accompanying black and white video is wildly imaginative and compensates for the lack of color, as you see her swimming with alligators. Conversely, "National Anthem" satirizes the symbolism of money as success and lust in traditional Americana ("Money is the reason we exist / Everybody knows it, it's a fact / Kiss, kiss"). Some of Lana Del Rey's hit singles include "Summertime Sadness", "Ride" (which enveloped into a ten minute short film) and "Blue Velvet" (which she sang in a commercial for H&M).

Lana Del Rey's songs embody her natural inclination to run free from rules and get lost in her indulgent side. When she was 14 years old, she developed an alcohol addiction and was sent to boarding school. Many of her songs are about those "wilderness years" when she thought the concept of being a big drinker was "so fucking cool." Del Rey admits that alcohol was the first love of her life, until she realized that her dark side was consuming her.

In 2012, she won the British Q Award for Best New Thing, a GQ Award for Woman of the Year, and awards from various other institutions for being the best breakthrough artist of 2012.

Lana Del Rey User Comments

Esra Y. Aug 5, 2013
Well, well... Apart from being a way marginal musician, in my humble opinion, Lana is a postmodern author who tells very interesting stories in each song of her. And oddly, whenever I type her name on Youtube, I encounter new songs of her even though I've listened her big hit 'Born to Die ' and her 'Unreleased' (how could that be unreleased when I could access it everywhere?) album like thousands of times. Isn't it wonderful that she is hard to consume that easily? That must be something for a musician while a lot of great musicians disappears after making a hit in this huge corporate industry. The most significant thing about her that she does not repeat herself. But her basic theme is a criminal or disturbed man and his woman who is (almost exclusively) in the edge of sanity. And this combination reveals Lana's undescribable subconscious with nostalgic tone of her echoed voice. She is good method to travel around our own subconscious, as well. I always try to imagine what kind of mental situation leads someone to create such songs. The result is bunch of literary masterpieces since I don't think the musical quality of her songs are capable of competing with her literary skills. Peace out!
Anita A. Jan 25, 2013
As a consumer of music living in a consuming culture, why not consume Lana Del Roy´s new album? The newcomer artist stands out for her image perfectly suiting the music blend of indie and alternative rock. There is a laconic feel to the way she sings and a relief to hear a girl with a low, smooth, sexy voice, capable of writing her own songs. LDR survivor of the harshest criticism on her success by dominating the charts so far. Her debut album Born to Die is out this week (January 30, 2012)

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