Lana Del Rey believes Donald Trump mirrors the wider culture. 2010 brought the alter-ego Lana Del Rey and her debut album, alternatively spelled Lana Del Ray”. The album was released in January 2010 although was soon pulled from the shelves by the singer who didn’t believe the label were doing enough to publicise it.
But in our clickbait-driven attention economy, I worry that the habit of reflexively denouncing pop stars as problematic” has undermined the potential of female and queer artistry. Today, a reappraisal of Born to Die suggests that this was Lana’s critique all along. Look how well liberal optimism worked for Judy Garland, she was saying — take a look at Whitney Houston, George Michael, Britney Spears.
Today, Lana Del Rey releases Norman Fucking Rockwell!, her long and introspective fifth album. Before you listen, here’s a guide to her past work, from Lizzy Grant to Lust For Life.
The interview comes after the star’s fifth major studio album, Norman Fking Rockwell, was received well by critics after its release in August. This is a masterpiece marking a new art stage of Lana Del Rey. Love her forever.
Shortly after releasing the album, Del Rey performed several concerts across the United States and Europe as a small promotional tour. In September 2017, Del Rey announced an official world tour entitled the LA to the Moon Tour The tour began in North America on January 5, 2018 and later included shows South America, Australia, and Europe. She concluded the tour on a short festival circuit to the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Regardless of this, if you are a fan of her music, I would recommend checking her our live, as the emotion that she portrays through her music is extremely powerful to experience first hand. She also has great moments of interaction with the audience, so if you are able to secure a spot in a front row seat, you won’t be disappointed.
Despite the mixed reception of the album, it performed well commercially, especially in European territories. The record was the 3rd best selling of the year in the United Kingdom. As of June 2014, the record has sold over 7 million copies worldwide, it is recognized Del Rey’s most impactful work.
Lana Del Rey has been called antifeminist: she once said that for her, feminism just wasn’t an interesting concept” – she was more interested in space travel. But her dogged insistence on recording these draining relationships in song – the antithesis of millennial anthems such as Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” or Shake It Off” – deserves admiration; because music is a direct line to the heart, a mirror of the things you’d rather not feel, but do. That’s why an album like Joni Mitchell’s Blue – inspired by countless failing loves, but standing back from them, too – still resonates. Norman Fucking Rockwell! is littered with Joni-like, Laurel Canyon references, in fact – Del Rey once said that she became part of the music scene to make friends, fall in love and start a community around me, the way they used to do in the Sixties”.
Given her dreamy aesthetic and the song’s languid sensuality, it’s possible Wicked Game” is the best encapsulation yet of what Del Rey has been doing throughout this tour — presenting her vintage persona alongside actual legacy artists.
Starting in December 2015 , Del Rey began announcing festival performance dates across Europe, Canada, the United States, and Mexico to further promote Honeymoon , despite there being no official concert tour to support the album. 3 She performed at these festivals throughout the summer of 2016.
Lana Del Rey envisioned a Southern California dream world constructed out of sad girls and bad boys, manufactured melancholy, and genuine glamour, and then she came to embody this fantasy.
Before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. As a child, her father wrote country songs for personal enjoyment, while her mother was interested in singing; the former introduced her to The Beach Boys, while the latter was a fan of Carly Simon.
Lana del Rey gained visibility in 2011 through intriguing single Video Games” with its music video, which quickly became viral. Millions of fans immediately fell in love with this new, retro-admirer artist. The key to success in her music was mixing old Hollywood, elegance and glamour with contemporary elements like: hip hop, samples and above all the impact of social media. Debut album “Born to Die” became one of the most important and best-selling albums of 2012 and the next two records- “Ultraviolence” and “Honeymoon” successfully consolidated her status as a star. Presenting the fifth album “Lust For Life”, Lana Del Rey made a tribute to her most faithful, insanely devoted fans. Last year we could hear “Mariners Apartment Complex”, “Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have” and “Venice Bitch” – first announcements of already mentioned new album.
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Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant on June 21, 1985 5 in New York City, 6 to Robert England Grant, Jr., a Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur , and Patricia Ann “Pat” ( née Hill), a former Grey account executive turned high school teacher. 7 8 9 10 She has one younger sister, Caroline, 11 and one younger brother, Charlie. 12 13 She is of Scottish descent.
Whilst working as a waitress and playing club shows around the Big Apple, Del Rey released a series of unsuccessful albums under her real name ‘Elizabeth Woolridge Grant’. It wasn’t until ‘Video Games’ and ‘Blue Jeans’ went viral on YouTube in 2011, however, that Del Rey was noticed and signed to a major label.
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It’s not just Quentin Tarantino invoking the musical spirit of the late 1960s. Lana Del Rey has covered Donovan ‘s 1966 Season of the Witch” for a film set in 1968, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” It’s featured in a just-released trailer for the film, which hits theaters Friday, the same day the song goes up on digital services.
People have an image of Del Rey that’s almost a caricature; someone blue and untouchable, a depressed icon who belongs in another time. But in reality things couldn’t be more different. Maybe it’s a California thing, but Lana has a disarmingly relaxed manner. She looks like she’s come straight from the beach, her golden brown hair crinkled into the kind of haphazard, voluminous waves you only get from dunking your head into the ocean.
Del Rey says it was these two particular shootings out of the many that take place in America on a regular basis (according to non-profit group Gun Violence Archive, there have been 283 mass shootings in the US in 2019 as of September 1) that made her write this song, because of how strongly people reacted.
As well as Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk, PJ Harvey,, Beyoncé, David Bowie, The 1975, Stormzy and many more feature in our list of the tracks that made the decade so musically memorable, with a host of songwriting dons also revealing their picks.
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Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), known professionally as Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, model, and music video director. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality; its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia; and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.