- Lana Del Rey is her stage name (a poetic combination of the first name of old Hollywood actress Lana Turner and a Ford model from 1981), she's 25 years old, her actual name is Elisabeth Grant and she’s the daughter of millionaire Robert Grant
- She first launched her career in 2010 under a different name (Lizzie Grant) and with different lips and style which brought a lot of accusations about her being totally manufactured.
What really gets me it’s the contrast between her nostalgic retro look and the dark mood and feel of her songs. So emotionally charged and sad!
The girl is a huge drama queen, if I’d ever seen one! I love that about her!
Her deep, husky voice, sometimes described as a “gangsta” Nancy Sinatra makes her distinct. The Daily Transmission called her sound “Cinematic dark pop wrapped in smoky, sultry and glamorous overtones” which I think is a brilliant way to put it.
And then came the videos!!! So far they were perfect, refreshing and sad (far from the usual hoe fest that the music videos have become nowadays).
First we have Video Games – a strange combination of David Lynch influences and old home made video montages that stirs a bit of emotion out of anybody.
Then we have Born to Die that’s a beautifully edited, tragic story that goes perfectly with the hallucinatory song. It also happens to be laced with symbolism, but who cares about that, right?!
It’s all about the esthetically breathtaking factor with Lana Del Rey! So much so that many hurried to discuss the old “style over substance’ subject which I think to be total rubbish in this particular case.