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 release her first studio album, Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant, which was released in January of 2010. Though the record was pulled from online retailers, Lana continued to create new music. 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 in January of 2012. Its singles such as Blue Jeans and National Anthem have helped Lana gain many loyal fans. In the summer of 2012, Lana began work with both H&M and Jaguar to become spokesperson for their products. She re-released the album in late 2012 with 8 new tracks, as well as a standalone EP, Paradise. Currently, she is preparing to release her second major-label release, Ultraviolence, featuring the new single West Coast, in May 2014.
Ride was the first single from Paradise, released in September 2012. It was well-received by both fans and critics alike. The video, a cinematic mini-movie, has become one of Lana's most famous and discussed works to date. Lana went on to perform the song on many occasions.
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