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LANA DELREY – NORMAN FUCKING ROCKWELL

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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.

At first, her stylized noir‐pop garnered skeptical sneers ‐‐ the rise of her 2012 debut Born to Die was impeded by a tentative live debut on Saturday Night Live ‐‐ but Del Rey proved to be tougher than her soft exterior suggested. Following a hit remix of her single “Summertime Sadness,” she steadily gained not only popularity but respect, with her 2014 second album, Ultraviolence, receiving positive reviews to accompany her sales; her imitators, of which there were many, were merely an alluring accessory.

By that point, Del Rey had become the ideal she intended to be: a damaged torch singer designed as the tragic romantic icon for her age.

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. 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.

In early 2017, she released “Love,” the first single from her fourth full‐length album, Lust for Life, which arrived in July of that year. Along with debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, the album earned Del Rey her second Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

She returned the following year with the singles “Mariners Apartment Complex,” and “Venice Beach” off her fifth album, 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell.

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