The Authenticity of LANA DEL REY

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For many, “Video Games” was the first they had ever heard of Lana Del Rey. The single was accompanied by a self-made music video featuring archive-footage spliced between clips of this promising new star. And then “Blue Jeans” arrived. The nostalgic aesthetic, the wistful vocals, the captivating pouty-persona. It was a remarkable one-two punch from an unknown singer that made it difficult to not pay attention. Nearly overnight, Lana Del Rey became an internet phenomenon.

Today she’s a Grammy award-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter, poet, model and video director. Her album Born To Die has spent over 300 weeks on the Billboard 200 -- making her one of only of three women to do so -- selling more than 7 million copies, it’s tracks have collectively been streamed over 1.5 billion times on Spotify.

In the six months leading up to its release, Lana Del Rey had gone from a complete unknown to an international darling. To many she was this indie queen who had somehow made it. But before she even released her major-label debut, she became one of the most controversial figures to emerge in popular culture. As the public learned more about her... only more questions and criticisms followed. From her voice to her true identity, what were we to believe?

Was Lana Del Rey an actual musical talent or a manufactured sensation?

Lana Del Rey FAQ

Can Lana Del Rey Sing?
Yes she can sing.

Can Lana Del Rey play any instruments?
Lana Del Rey can play a few guitar chords.

Does Lana Del Rey write her music?
Lana Del Rey usually co-writes most of her music. This is fairly normal for most pop artists.

When is Lana Del Rey’s next album coming out?
Norman Fucking Rockwell is due to release August 30, 2019.

Norman Fucking Rockwell
Mariners Apartment Complex
Venice Bitch
Fuck it I love you
Doin' Time
Love Song
Cinnamon Girl
How To Disappear
The Next Best American Record
The greatest
Happiness is a butterfly
Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me - but I have it

Has Lana Del Rey won a Grammy?
Despite being nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, Lana Del Rey has yet to win the musical award.

What is Lana Del Rey’s real name? Did Lana Del Rey legally change her name?
Lana Del Rey didn’t legally change her name. Lana Del Rey’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant and she usually goes by simply Lizzie Grant or Lizzy Grant.

Has Lana Del Rey gone platinum?
Yes, Born To Die has gone platinum in at least 8 markets.

How did Lana Del Rey become famous?
The same way most musicians do, a combination of talent, luck and persistence.


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