LANA DEL REY FACTS:
Members: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
Genre: Rock and Pop Music
Hometown: Lake Placid, New York
Albums: Lana Del Rey A.K.A Lizzy Grant, Born to Die
Hits: "Kill, Kill", “Video Games”, “Born To Die”, “Blue Jeans”
Lana Del Rey is one of the freshest faces in pop music and has become one of the most unique vocalists on the charts. Her enchanting blend of husky vocals, orchestral arrangements and ethereal tone in a remarkably vintage package has helped her gain a following since her videos first appeared on the internet. In 2009, the singer released her first single "Kill, Kill" online under the name Lizzy Grant. She soon began to gain quite a following and started the process of crafting her onstage character that would become Lana Del Rey.
She was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, and grew up in suburban Connecticut before attending Fordham University. It was in this New York City college community that Lana Del Rey got her start and played a series of shows in Brooklyn and other boroughs to broaden her image. By gradually releasing some of her music online and gaining a strong YouTube following, Lana Del Rey's first major album debut was set to take the pop and dance charts by storm.
Del Rey's debut EP consisted of the singles "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans," which gained a considerable amount of buzz after she became the first artist since Natalie Imbruglia to appear on Saturday Night live before the release of her debut album. In early 2012, the singer's first full-length album, Born to Die, was released and made a major impact on rock, pop and dance charts around the world.
Born to Die peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and launched Del Rey as one of the biggest names in pop music. With the stellar success of her first album, Del Rey has planned a small tour to select U.S. cities and Europe throughout 2012 to satiate the public's desire to see this trending artist.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Lana Del Rey's unconventional path to stardom is her use of the internet and social media to get there. By laying the groundwork for her first album with well-planned press appearances and performances, she created just the right amount of anticipation to set herself apart from a cluttered pop field.