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, 2010. Though critical reception for the record was positive at the time, it was pulled from online retailers when Lana changed management and started focusing on gaining a major record deal. 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, 2012. Its singles, including "Blue Jeans" and "National Anthem", helped Lana expand her fanbase. In the summer of 2012, Lana worked with both H&M and Jaguar to become spokesperson for their products. She re-released Born to Die in late 2012 with 8 new tracks, as well as a standalone EP, Paradise. Lana 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’’. In June, 2014, she released her sophmore 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. Lana contributed to another soundtrack in late 2014, recording two song, "Big Eyes" and "I Can Fly", for the film ‘’Big Eyes’’. On September 18, 2015, Lana 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 musically for Lana, featuring trap influences and a more pop-friendly sound 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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The High By the Beach music video was directed by Jake Nava. The music video was shot in Malibu, California. It shows Lana wearing a turquoise and white beach gown wondering about in a beach house with a helicopter circling around the building.