Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Woolridge Grant) was born in New York City, New York, on June 21, 1985. She was raised in Lake Placid, New York, with her brother Charlie and sister Chuck. She began writing music after learning guitar from her uncle at age 18, and while still in school in New York, began performing at many underground clubs. She recorded her first record, Sirens in 2006, under the pseudonym May Jailer. In 2008, she collaborated with David Kahne to put out her first studio album, Lana Del Ray, which was released on January 4, 2010. Though critical reception for the record was positive at the time, it was pulled from online retailers when Del Rey changed management and started focusing on gaining a major record deal. Del Rey soon bought back the rights to the record. In late 2011, she recorded "Video Games" with Justin Parker, and posted the video to her YouTube channel. The song and video garnered instant attention and sparked record deals with Stranger, Interscope, and Polydor. She released her major-label debut, Born to Die, on January 27, 2012. Its singles, including "Blue Jeans" and "National Anthem", helped Del Rey expand her fanbase. In the summer of 2012, Del Rey worked with both H&M and Jaguar to become a spokesperson for their products. She re-released Born to Die with 8 new tracks, as well as a standalone EP, Paradise, on November 9, 2012. Del Rey then began her foray into soundtracks, releasing "Young and Beautiful" in April, 2013, for the film ‘’The Great Gatsby’’, then "Once Upon a Dream" in January, 2014, for ‘’Maleficent’’. On June 13, 2014, she released her sophomore major-label album, Ultraviolence, featuring the singles "West Coast", "Ultraviolence" and "Black Beauty". The album was received warmly by critics who appreciated her shift towards a rawer sound. Del Rey contributed to another soundtrack in late 2014, recording two songs, "Big Eyes" and "I Can Fly", for the film ‘’Big Eyes’’. On September 18, 2015, Del Rey released her third major-label album Honeymoon, which was preceded by two singles, "High By the Beach" and "Music to Watch Boys To". Critics noted the album was another change for Del Rey, featuring trap influences and a more pop-friendly sound that contrasted sharply from her previous record. In late 2015, Del Rey said that she had thoughts of making another musical work, but in March 2016, Del Rey and her managers officially confirmed on social media that she is recording her new album. According to Del Rey, the new record will have a "harder, more upbeat, New York" type of sound. She also said that the album will have a "clarity of inner dialogue" in which she feels will come through better, while retaining the aesthetics of her previous works.
Neil Krug is an American director, photographer and artist based in Los Angeles. He worked with Lana Del Rey throughout 2014 to shoot the cover for her second major-label album Ultraviolence and for her 2015 third major-label album Honeymoon as well as other promotional images.
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"Freak" is a song by Lana Del Rey that is featured on her third major-label full-length album Honeymoon. A music video for the track debuted on February 9, 2016, after previous weeks of teasing and promotion.
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Honeymoon is the fourth studio album and third major-label record by Lana Del Rey. It was released on September 18, 2015, by UMG Recordings. Click here to read more.
The Freak music video was directed by Lana Del Rey herself. It is an 11-minute film that stars Father John Misty, who plays as Del Rey's paramour in the gauzy, sun-soaked clip.
At around halfway through the video, "Freak" fades down and the opening notes of Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" begin to swell, leading to a five-minute slow-motion sequence where Del Rey and a group of sea nymphs swirl around underwater; this portion is a nod to Del Rey's "Music to Watch Boys To" video and stars the same girls from that clip. Eventually, Father John Misty is also submerged and given a baptism of sorts by the women around him.
Prior to the video's VEVO premiere, "Freak" debuted on the night of February 9, 2016, at a special screening at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California.