Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985) is a modern alternative singer and songwriter best known by her stage name Lana Del Rey. Her music is known for its stylized, cinematic style and exploration of themes such as sadness, tragic romance, glamor, and melancholy, with many references to pop culture, especially 1950s and 1960s Americana.
Lana began performing in bars in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 18, under the names Lizzy Grant, May Jailer, and Sparkle Rope Jump Queen. She began attending Fordham University in The Bronx, where she studied in philosophy with a specialty on metaphysics, around the same period.
Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant, her debut digital album, was published in January 2010 after she secured her first recording contract with 5 Points Records in 2007.
Lana’s YouTube channel featured a homemade music video for “Video Games” in 2011. The song went viral, generating significant interest in the musician, prompting her to sign with Interscope/Polydor in October of that year. She wrote the following in the acknowledgements for her fifth studio album, Lust for Life:
Lana’s debut major-label album, Born to Die, was released on January 27, 2012. Despite poor reviews, it is the second-longest charting album by a female artist on the Billboard 200, and it provided Lana her best-known blockbuster song “Summertime Sadness.”
Honeymoon was released in 2015, and Lana characterized it as a “tribute to Los Angeles.” The album received widespread critical acclaim, getting the highest accolades of any of her previous works, with some even claiming it to be her best work ever.
Lana confirmed in an interview with The Times just days following the release of NFR! that she was working on a new project called Chemtrails Over the Country Club (formerly named White Hot Forever), which she hopes to release in 2020. Lana also revealed near the end of 2019 that she would release a spoken word poetry CD on January 4th, 2020, as the book was taking too long to hand-bind.
Lana took to Instagram after the release of Chemtrails Over The Country Club to announce a follow-up eighth studio album called Blue Banisters, which is set to be released on July 4th, 2021, in a similar fashion to how Chemtrails Over The Country Club was announced. On May 20th, 2021, Blue Banisters released three singles.
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