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Lana Del ReyIt’s Lana Del Rey’s world, we’re just living in it. 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.

Her debut album, Born To Die was released in January 2012 and charted at number one on the official UK Album Chart, peaked number two on the US charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. Her extended play Paradise followed that November, garnering her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Ultraviolence (2014), her third studio album, became her first album to reach number one in the US. In 2015, she released her fourth studio album, Honeymoon. Both albums received positive critical response.

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.


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.

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Listening to Norman Fucking Rockwell! is an alternately beguiling and frustrating experience. There are moments when you willingly succumb to its sound and its songwriting, counteracted by moments when you just think: oh God, here we go again.

Del Rey’s sophomore record Ultraviolence is the first of many sharp left turns she’s made in her career. Running an hour long and featuring no discernable singles, Ultraviolence feels like a pointed response to the immense backlash Del Rey received after Born To Die. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Ultraviolence is overwhelming and heavy, drained of most of the light and levity that was previously present. It’s a slow, richly produced record that begins with a seven-minute wail and ends with a Nina Simone cover; at many points, Del Rey’s voice is drowned out by Auerbach’s hazy, caterwauling guitar. It feels like the high point of Del Rey’s career so far, an album defined by a dark and singular vision as well as a complete willingness to alienate fans of her previous work.

Reverting to the name Lizzy Grant , she signed with 5 Points Records in 2006, recording an EP called Kill Kill with producer David Kahne, who would prove to be her first pivotal collaborator. Kill Kill appeared digitally in 2008, and over the next two years, Grant became Lana Del Rey, digitally releasing a full self-titled album under that name in 2010. Not long after its release, she teamed with managers Ben Mawson and Ed Millett, who helped her separate from 5 Points (rights to her recordings reverted back to her) and moved to England, where she began crafting the Lana Del Rey persona.

Del Rey wasted no time following Ultraviolence. During the first months of 2015, she worked on a third full-length album and announced a co-headlining summer 2015 tour with Courtney Love As the summer wound to a close, Del Rey announced the September release of Honeymoon, an album she said was “very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise.” Her claim was borne out by the album’s first two singles, “High by the Beach” and “Terrence Loves You.” Honeymoon saw release on September 18, 2015. The album topped the charts in a handful of countries, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200. In addition to touring in support of Honeymoon, she contributed vocals to the Weeknd ‘s chart-topping third LP, Starboy, and began recording for her own follow-up.

An early sacrifice to the music-blog gods and a bloodthirsty thing called social media, the singer and songwriter born Elizabeth Grant could have been a footnote after loaded speculation about her artifice and upbringing collided with a shaky Saturday Night Live” debut in early 2012.

Lana Del Rey is the one who thinks she lives in Brooklyn in the ’60s. She is the one who takes the stage to Santo & Johnny as if they are generational peers. She’s in the little blue dress and designer pumps. She smokes cigarettes and sings songs about sex, drugs and booze. She glamorizes dying young and leaving that beautiful face forever unchanged. Lana Del Rey does all of this so Lizzy Grant can achieve her goals. She does all of this so Lizzy Grant can make a living. Lana Del Rey sacrifices herself so Lizzy Grant can live a long, comfortable life, free from all those tragic things Lana Del Rey sings about. Lana Del Rey is the reason Lizzy has been able to sell out two consecutive shows at Red Rocks.


Lana Del Rey’s haunting ballad Video Games has been named song of the decade at the Q Awards in London. I like my own music,” Del Rey said with a laugh. Hiatt, Brian (July 18, 2014). “Lana Del Rey – The Saddest, Baddest Diva in Rock”. Rolling Stone (1212): 44.

Artists from Frank Sinatra (left) to Andrew Lloyd Webber (right) have influenced Del Rey and her music. So, thank you, Lana Del Rey for demonstrating, however accidentally, why critics matter. Though I do think Powers was a bit hard on L.A. beaches.

After graduating, Del Rey was accepted to the State University of New York at Geneseo, but she decided not to attend and instead spent a year living on Long Island with her aunt and uncle while working as a waitress. During this time, Del Rey’s uncle taught her how to play guitar, and she “realized that she could probably write a million songs with those six chords”. Shortly after, she began writing songs and performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as “Sparkle Jump Rope Queen” and “Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena”. “I was always singing, but didn’t plan on pursuing it seriously”, Del Rey said. “When I got to New York City when I was eighteen, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn—I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point—and that was it”.

you’d be hard pressed to find any song on which Del Rey reveals an interiority or figures herself as anything more complex than an ice-cream-cone-licking object of male desire. … Even when she offers something that could be read as a critique, … she asks that we make no effort to change, escape, or transcend the way things are. … There’s no spark and nothing at stake.

The early-to-mid-2010s was a conflicted time for women in pop music, as well as for the gays who admired them. At the same time as Lana Del Rey’s ascendance, the cultural gains of feminism and LGBT activism began to assert themselves in pop culture, especially on social media. The language of feminism and queer theory became the dominant mode of cultural criticism practically overnight. You’re a firework,” sang the pop diva du jour — baby, you were born that way.

At request of the artist, Friendly Fire has decided that tickets will exclusively be sold name-bound. When purchased it is not possible to change the name of the main ticket booker. For this concert you can buy up to a maximum of four tickets per person. When one person buys multiple tickets the guests of the main booker have to enter the venue at the same time, since the name of the main booker will be displayed on all of the tickets.

Journeying from a small-town singer-songwriter back at age 18, Lana Del Rey skyrocketed through the music industry, landing herself a slot in the top 10 album charts by the age of 21. Her music is noted for its cinematic sounds and reflections on 50s and 60s music culture. Although her live performances can sometimes be slightly pitchy, you can’t blame her performing to such large audiences, and she never fails to put on a spectacular show.

Lana Del Rey is an electrifying singer, songwriter, filmmaker and record producer. Her musical style blends dream pop with psychedelic rock as her songs focus heavily on the 1950s and 1960s Americana. Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey has taken on other stage names such as Lizzy Grant and May Jailer. Lana gained significant popularity after the release of “Video Games,” her debut single, in 2011. Since then, she has produced five studio albums titled Lana Del Rey, Born to Die, Ultraviolence, Honeymoon and Lust for Life.

Grant’s first musical excursions were singing in her local church where she was the cantor on the girls choir, before being taught how to play the guitar by here uncle at age 18. During her undergraduate study of metaphysics at Fordham University, Grant would play various clubs and bars around New York City, before performing at the 2006 Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition. At the competition she met A&R representative Van Wilson of 5 Points Records who ended up signing Grant while she was still a senior at university. Grant released a three-track EP entitled Kill Kill” in 2008 however her planned album was shelved by the label and the singer focused her efforts on homeless outreach and supporting those in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

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”.

Lana Del Rey’s journey to this stardom was a long, steady climb. Born as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City to a pair of wealthy parents, she was raised in Lake Placid, not starting to pursue music until she was out of high school and living with her aunt and uncle on Long Island. Her uncle taught her how to play guitar and soon she was writing songs and playing New York clubs, sometimes under the name Lizzy Grant While she attended Fordham University, she continued to play music and she started getting serious around 2005. In April of that year, a CD of originals was registered under her birth name with the U.S. Copyright Office and she recorded elsewhere, finishing up an unreleased folky album called Sirens under the name May Jailer.


In the Q Review, we witness synth-pop trio MUNA live in Nashville and run the rule over new albums from Michael Kiwanuka, FKA twigs, Girl Ray and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.

From March 2019, to July 2019, Del Rey performed on a Festival Tour in Europe to promote the album. The Norman Fucking Rockwell Tour will begin on September 21, 2019, and carry into 2020 to promote the album as well – it has 16 stops within the United States and Europe.Lana Del Rey

Del Rey has never been one to shy away from telling the world how she feels, be it in her songs, interviews, or on social media. Last year, she got into a brief Twitter feud with rapper Azealia Banks , during which she tweeted the iconic come-and-have-a-go-if-you-think-you’re-hard-enough line: U know the addy. Pull up anytime.” Banks never showed. And before that, there was the incident that sparked said beef – Del Rey’s stance on the way Kanye West was advocating for President Donald Trump.

We can’t be in the middle of Hollywood and not hear the sexiest song of all time,” Del Rey told the crowd as she introduced the iconic crooner (via Variety ). The rendition was indeed a sultry one, with LDR’s velvety vocals laying under Isaak’s soul-shuddering tremble spectacularly.

Del Rey has attributed her work to various stage names including Lizzy Grant, Lana Rey Del Mar, 13 Sparkle Jump Rope Queen, 14 and May Jailer. 15 Settling on Lana Del Rey, the singer claims she selected the name because it was beautiful. The first mention of the name Lana Del Rey came from her Spanish-speaking Cuban friends.

It’s safe to say this Hollywood Bowl gig was Lana Del Rey’s most jam-packed yet. Berkley may have gotten Joan Baez , but LA got damn near everyone else. Watch video of all the guest appearances — plus a rehearsal clip of LDR, Weyes Blood, and Day — below.

Del Rey currently lives in the Los Angeles area of California, United States. Del Rey was in a relationship with photographer Francesco Carrozzini from June 2014 to November 2015 , but due to disagreements on settling down together, the two broke up. She was also in a relationship with Barrie James ‘Neill from 2011 to June 2014 , but they ultimately decided to end their romance (because they had a “dark” relationship, Del Rey claimed). She previously had a relationship with Steven Mertens who produced her first record Lana Del Ray prior to David Kahne ‘s involvement, as well as an alleged relationship with a music industry executive. During July 2017, Del Rey stated that she had a boyfriend, but his name was never revealed. 21 Although, it is speculated to have been rapper G-Eazy.

I have admired Lana’s music for a while now and felt in my gut that she would run with ‘Season of the Witch’ – that she would use her alchemy to transform it,” del Toro said in a statement.

Lana Del Rey has announced her UK and European tour to take place next year. The tour will include a performance at The O2 on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

During November 2016, The Weeknd released his album Starboy, which featured two songs that had contributions from Del Rey. She was credited as a featured artist on ” Stargirl Interlude “, as well as co-wrote and provided background vocals for ” Party Monster “.

Del Rey had been working on her Born to Die follow up album since its release, but felt there was no real substance until November 2013 when she sat down with melodies and lyrics she had been working on and wrote the album. Over three weeks in Electric Lady Studios in New York, Del Rey recorded the album with Rick Nowels By the end of the session, the album was complete. However, shortly after Dan Auerbach and Del Rey met in a club and decided to work together. A week later Del Rey rerecorded the entire album with Auerbach using a Shure SM-58 microphone and a live band.

The song ” Young and Beautiful “, which was originally intended for the Paradise EP, was later released on April 23, 2013 as part of the movie soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby. The song achieved commercial success and widespread critical acclaim, and earned Del Rey a nomination for “Best Song Written for Visual Media” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Del Rey hired Dan Auerbach , the leader of Ohio blues-rockers the Black Keys , to produce the majority of Ultraviolence, the sophomore set that appeared in June 2014, preceded by the singles “West Coast,” “Shades of Cool,” “Ultraviolence,” and “Brooklyn Baby.” Ultraviolence found a more receptive initial audience than Born to Die: not only were the reviews positive, so were the sales, with the album debuting at number one in both the U.S. and the U.K. Ultimately, Ultraviolence didn’t generate hits as big as Born to Die, but it performed the crucial task of elevating Del Rey’s critical reputation, illustrated by her selection to sing the title song for Tim Burton’s 2014 bid for an Oscar, Big Eyes.

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