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This artist has already achieved worldwide fame from her two debut albums and has captivated audiences with her 50’s era inspired, emotional, atmospheric lounge music.

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter who has recently become very popular due to the release of her most recent studio album.  Del Rey started writing songs at the age of 18 and she signed her first recording contract when she was 22 years old with 5 Points Records in 2007, releasing her first digital album “Lana Del Rey a.k.a. Lizzy Grant in January 2010.  Del Rey bought herself out of the contract with 5 Points Records in April 2010.  She signed a joint contract with Interscope, Polydor and Stranger Records in July 2011.

After she released her debut single, “Video Games” in June 2011,  a music video was created and uploaded to YouTube by Del Rey in August 2011.  After the song became a viral internet hit with over 20 million views, her second studio album, “Born To Die,” was released in January 2012.  The album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide to date and was the fifth best selling album in 2012.  The album charted across Europe and spawned numerous top ten hits, including the title track “Born To Die,” Blue Jeans” and “Summertime Sadness.”

With the release of her third EP, “Paradise,” Del Rey spawned her second top ten album in the United States, debuting at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 67,000 copies sold in the first week.  She has won the Q Award for “Best New Thing,” a GQ Award for “Woman of the Year,” a BRIT Award for “International Breakthrough Act” and another for “International Pop Female Solo Artist” and an EMA Award for “Best Alternative Act.”

Del Rey’s music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly to that of the 1950s and 1960s Americana.  Del Rey has described herself as a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra.”  Before signing to a major record label, Del Rey provided sole production of her music videos.  Musically, she draws her influences from what she deems to be the masters of each genre, including Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen and Britney Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir.

In 2013, she received her first Grammy nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.  The nominations were for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for “Paradise” and “Best Song Written for Visual Media” for “Young and Beautiful.”

Del Rey has already gained worldwide fame through the release of her two studio albums.  Her vocals have the ability to set a sad, atmospheric mood that is very reminiscent of the 50’s ear crooners.  She loves to play the role of lounge singer and has been labeled the “anti-Gaga” of pop and alternative music.  Her sound is truly captivating and unique to listen to.  Her ability to go from high to low note while still being able to make it so emotional is pretty amazing.  I am very curious to see what she does next.  Check out some of her biggest hits below and prepare to be lost in 50/60 era nostalgia.

 

 

 

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