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, 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. In June, 2014, she released her second major-label album, Ultraviolence, featuring the single "West Coast".
Williams + Hirakawa are a couple who primarily focus on fashion and editorial photography. They did a photoshoot with Lana Del Rey in May, 2013, which appeared in Fashion magazine's Summer, 2013 issue as a cover story.
Ultraviolence is the second single from Ultraviolence. It was released as the second promotional single from the album on June 4, 2014, after "Shades of Cool". The track has been announced to be the second single after "West Coast" with a release date of August 18, 2014.
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H&M is a Swedish clothing company that operates stores worldwide. Lana Del Rey became the face of their 2012 Fall campaign, which saw massive success, and repeated her endorsement to become of the face of their Winter 2012 campaign as well. Click here to read all about Lana's campaigns and to see the full photoshoots!
The Shades of Cool music video was released on June 17, 2014 and was uploaded to VEVO and Youtube. It was directed by Jake Nava. The video was filmed in Los Angeles in May and stars celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney who previously appeared in the music video for "West Coast". A directors cut was made where Lana eventually died but was not officially released.