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Name: Lana Del Rey
Real name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
Birth date: 21 of June 1986 (33 y.o.)
Place of birth: New York, the U.S.
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 54 kg
Birth Sign: Gemini
Chinese zodiac: Tiger
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Biography of Lana del Rey
Lana Del Rey is an American singer who won love of million listeners all over the world due to her autobiographic songs with gloomy aesthetics. Captivating sincerity combines with obscene lyrics in her songs, and light energy meets here bold sexuality.
Her cinematographic music is difficult to be defined by one genre – everyone finds here something special. Reviewers compared her voice with vocals of China Forbes, Nancy Sinatra and Ambrosia Presley. Due to such compliments, singer started calling her musical style as «Hollywood sadcore», representing herself as a gangster version of Nancy Sinatra.
Childhood and Family
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant was born on 21 June, 1985, in the middle-class family from New York. Her father Robert Grande-Jr. earned his fortune due to profitable investments in the real estate, and then in the developing Internet-infrastructure in 90s. In 1982, being yet just a regular employee at the advertisement agency Grey Group, he made a proposal to an assistant of a book-keeper, Patricia Hill. They met at the shooting of one of the company’s commercials.
Soon after the birth of Lizzy, her family moved to a homeland of Patricia, a village Lake Placid, where 1980 Winter Olympics were held. There Lizzy’s siblings were born – a sister Carolyn and brother Charlie.
Elizabeth attended the primary Catholic school of St. Agnes and was singing in the chorus of the church which was placed nearby. Later she had admitted in the interview that although now she doesn’t support the traditional Catholic concept of God, she finds something meaningful for her in the ideas of Supreme mind and predestination.
In the school years a girl was dreaming of being carried away to somewhere else most of the time. It was going for a long, until 15 years old Elizabeth started attending the philosophy classes according to the school schedule. She could have found soulmates there who were puzzled by the question «For what reason are we all here?» as much as she was.
Same period she got used to alcohol, being immersed in that new kind of «entertainment». Later she had written the song «Born to Die», which dedicated to this dark period of her life. Fortunately, her parents were seriously concerned about daughter’s behavior and decided to ship her off to be in safe that became the boarding school in Connecticut. And it was a truly wise solution – Elizabeth hadn’t drunk a drop of alcohol till her 18.
She wrote her first song at the age of 11. «The song was called «China Palace» and it tells the story about how to be a princess», – the singer has recalled later.
The First Steps to Fame
After graduation from that school, Lizzy came back to New York and became one of the students of the Metaphysics and Comparative Theology Department at the Fordham University. She spent her spare time volunteering – she helped homeless and alcohol or drug addicted people, visited Indian reservations, where she was building and repairing houses with other young enthusiasts. While doing this, Elizabeth has also got time to the concerts – she performed on night clubs’ stages, such as Laila Lounge, Galapagos, The Living Room.
Her first alias was a name «May Jailer» by which she recorded the album «Young Like Me» and acoustic disc «Sirens». The aspiring singer found her main source of inspiration in the music of 60s. Songs of that time were full of light and were executed in the best traditions of folk-music.
In the age of 20, Elizabeth moved from her parents’ house – during some period she even had to live in a trailer. That time she started sending her demos to producers and eventually had succeeded. She signed the contract with 5 Point Records, when producer David Cain paid attention to her songs.
Shortly thereafter her first mini-album Kill Kill came out, it consisted 3 songs. At that moment the singer took the artistic alias «Lizzy Grant». There were rumors in the media that her father financially assisted her promotion at that period, but representatives of the music label refuted these statements.
Finally, Elizabeth became Lana Del Rey as so many of us love and admire (by the way, the third word was written as «Ray» at first, but has later transformed to Rey).
The heyday of the career
The album «Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant» came out on January, 2010. Its release didn’t attract listeners’ attention as much as it was expected, therefore Lana decided to break the contract with the label and to try to promote on her own. In 2011, she released a self-made video to the song «Video Games» which was executed like a video-collage. The music was written by Justin Parker, and Lana has told the story about her routine and unhappy relationship with a boyfriend in the lyrics.
Unexpectedly the video received more than 100 thousands of views. The presenter of Live Lounge radio-program included the song in her playlist, and subsequently Elizabeth has attracted attention of the label Interscope.
In the end of 2011, he singer presented the single «Born to Die», soon after which the album of the same name was released. The disc has taken 5th place among the best-selling music albums of the year, and Lana was ranked in the top 3 of the most popular American female singers. Critics called her music a connecting link between modern hip-hop culture and classic pop-music enriched with jazz elements.
But the release of the album was accompanied by a scandal on Saturday Night Live Show, where Lana couldn’t had handled the excitement and failed in the beginning of «Blue Jeans» performing. The audience reacted very aggressively, and the girl has even been cyberbullied later. Nevertheless, the hype has just attracted public attention to the new album’s release.
Lana had time to compose not for herself only. Thus, Sheryl Cowl, one of the pop-stars of Great Britain, claimed in the interview, that her album «A Million Lights» included a few songs written by Lana.
In 2012, the singer started working on the next album and recorded the cover-version of the popular song of 50s era, «Blue Velvet». The music video, made in style of David Lynch’s «Mulholland Drive», was a bombshell among YouTube users and music TV-channels’ spectators.
In 2013, Lana Del Rey started her first world tour. The fact that tickets to her concert in Paris were sold out in a 1,5 minute illustrates the level of the singer’s popularity like anything else.
That same year her song «Young and Beautful» became a part of a soundtrack to «The Great Gatsby» with Leonardo Di Capri in the lead. This composition became her second trademark after «Born to Die». That period Lana has also premiered her short film «Tropico», which became the true pleasure to all who appreciate stylish and smart videos.
In 2014, her album «Ultraviolence» was released, which genre Lana referred to the psychedelic rock and called its contents very conceptual. It is obviously, that the title of the album quotes the word from the novel by Anthony Burgess, «The Clockwork Orange». It is also known that the girl was inspired to compose all of these songs by her travelling along the West coast. The album was a success, and it has started at 1th position in national charts of 12 countries. Gloomy and fairytale composition «Once Upon a Dream» was included in the soundtrack of «Maleficent» Disney movie with Angelina Jolie in the lead.
A year later the singer presented the new album «Honeymoon», which reminded of her first releases. It was an exceptional mix of noir atmosphere of 60s, blues motives and mesmerizing female voice as well. The songs «High by the Beach» and «Music to Watch Boys To» were released as the singles.
In 2017, the album «Lust For Life» was released. The Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, a John Lennon’s son and other famous musicians took part in the recording. The disc received the Grammy nomination but didn’t win the award. That same year the singer went on the world tour in support of the album.
Personal Life of Lana Del Rey
While studying at the Fordham University, Elizabeth dated Stephen Martens, the icon of the local rock-stage. He started producing her debut album, but subsequently the disc was rerecorded by David Cain after their breakup. Soon after, Lana had an affair with a musician Jimmy Gnecco.
She was in relationships with the Scottish musician from Kassidy band, Barry James O’Neil, for three years – from 2011 till 2014. They often performed together and even considered each other as the new Sher and Sonny. But, nevertheless, Barry has known that Lana left him from his cousin. Later she confessed that she can’t be happy with him anymore. However, she even admitted that Barry was like a twin for her.
Same year she was caught with James Franco, and then fell for Italian Francesco Carrozzini, who became the director of her musical video to «Ultraviolence». Year later they split.
It is known a little about the next love affairs of the singer. In 2017, she dated a rapper G-Easy. After their split, he has even removed her vocal from their joint track «Him and I». Now it is uncertain whether Lana is single or not.
Lana Del Rey Now
Despite the tight schedule of the big world tour, Lana Del Rey got the time to work on the new material. In the spring of 2018, she presented the new song «Happiness is a Butterfly», which is supposed to be included in her forthcoming album.
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