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, a more pop-friendly sound, and subdued lyrical content that contrasted sharply from her previous record.
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. On January 25, 2016, Del Rey announced that a music video for the song would be coming out, and soon after, she announced that the music video would be premiered on February 9, 2016. The track will soon be released as the album's third single.
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Born to Die is the first major-label LP release by Lana Del Rey. It was released on January 27, 2012, and produced 8 singles. Lanapedia is celebrating the record's 4th birthday!
The Music to Watch Boys To music video was directed by Kinga Burza. The music video was shot in California. The video features Del Rey lounging in a lawn chair while men play basketball on an empty court, and a group of young girls in dresses swimming together underwater. Scenes of Del Rey wearing a glittery shawl with a black dress underneath are intercut in between the footage of the basketball players.