Lana Del Rey (born June 21, 1985), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and model.
Born and raised in New York, Del Rey embarked on a music career in 2005 and first received widespread attention in 2011, when the
music video for her single “Video Games” became a viral internet sensation. Del Rey received further recognition after her major-label
debut Born to Die peaked at number two on the U.S. charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. A remix of its single
“Summertime Sadness”, produced by Cedric Gervais, peaked at number six on the U.S., and the Paradise EP followed that November,
garnering Del Rey her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Three of the EP’s tracks were featured in her short film
Tropico, which premiered in December 2013.
In 2014, Del Rey released her third studio album, Ultraviolence, which received positive critical and commercial reception; it became
her first number-one record in the United States. In 2015, following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, Del Rey
released her fourth studio album, Honeymoon. It also received positive critical and commercial response; the album had the fourth
highest first week sales by a female artist in 2015. As of 2015, she is the most streamed female artist on Spotify in the United States,
and the fourth worldwide. Her music has been noted for its cinematic style, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance and
melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.
Del Rey’s left hand is tattooed with the letter “M”, referencing her grandmother, Madeleine, and the word “paradise”. Her right hand is
tattooed with the phrase “trust no one”. She also has the phrase “die young” tattooed on her right ring finger. Another tattoo on her
right arm says, “Whitman Nabokov”. By November 2015, she had “Nina, Billie, Whitney and Amy” tattooed across her chest.In 2012
Del Rey admitted her affinity for English Premier League football club Liverpool FC. Del Rey is friends with rapper Azealia Banks as
well as rockers Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.
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