|Lana Del Rey is the stage name of Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, a vocalist and songwriter from New York City. Del Rey has established herself at the forefront of pop music over the last few years, bursting onto the mainstream music scene with her unique blend of noir lyricism and trip-hop inspired instrumentals. Coming from seeming obscurity into national fame, Lana Del Rey has risen to become one of the most talked-about musicians of the last few years. With a career that has been driven by the popularity of such singles as “Summertime Sadness,” “Diet Mountain Dew” and “Blue Jeans,” Del Rey has become a favorite among fans across many genres.
The beginning of success
With classic good looks and voice that hearkens back to the 1960s, the indie pop darling has captivated crowds across the country. Lana Del Rey’s rise to stardom has certainly been a unique path. After moving to New York City, she tried her hand performing in clubs, and in 2010 she dropped her debut album Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant. By all accounts, it was not that successful, and it seemed like her career would never take off. That was all about to change.
By the middle of 2011, she had rebranded herself, and when she released the single “Video Games,” she became a household name. Her second full-length album was released in early 2012 and was an instant hit. It peaked at number two in the U.S., while reaching the top of the charts in the U.K., Australia and several other countries.
The continuation of fame
In 2012, Del Rey’s fame truly started to pick up with the release of her album, Born to Die. It has influences from all genres of music like hip hop, indie pop and trip hop, resulting in a genre that’s called baroque pop. She became the second-most streamed artist on Spotify. In 2014, she followed up with Ultraviolence. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was a resounding success almost immediately. Much of this fanfare was attributed to the critical acclaim surrounding her sophomore album, Born to Die. Reaching the No. 1 spot in 11 countries, and becoming the fifth best-selling album of 2012, it skyrocketed Del Rey into mainstream success.
In 2015, Del Rey released her third studio album, Honeymoon. The record had four singles to support the album, including “High by the Beach,” “Terrence Loves You,” “Honeymoon” and “Music to Watch Boys To.” With this album, it was clear that Del Rey’s voice and talent had evolved, and her fans grew in number.
Claiming influences from Eminem to Britney Spears, there are few other artists out there quite like Del Rey. Her glamorous persona and powerful vocals ensure she’ll be here for years to come. She’s managed to produce three major-label albums in the short span of four years, proving herself as an artist that will stick around.