It is a happy birth­day to­day to Amer­i­can singer Lana Del Rey (1985-).

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Born Elizabeth Wool­ridge Grant in New York City, she grew up in Lake Placid and be­gan singing in the church choir from a young age. Af­ter learn­ing how to play the gui­tar as a teenager, Del Rey be­gan per­form­ing in bars and clubs in New York City. Start­ing in 2005 she be­gan record­ing songs and at 20 signed her first record deal. Un­for­tu­nately, work on her al­bum was can­celled, which led to Del Rey’s de­ci­sion to en­gage in com­mu­nity work. She later re­turned to mu­sic and signed a new deal with in­de­pen­dent la­bel 5 Point Records. It was around this time the singer de­cided to go by the stage name of Lana Del Rey, hav­ing pre­vi­ously used Lana Rey Del Mar, Lizzy Grant, May Jailer and Sparkle Jump Rope Queen. Her first EP, Kill Kill, was re­leased in 2008 be­fore a ful­l­length al­bum was re­leased two years later, Lana Del Ray aka Lizzy Grant. It was not un­til she up­loaded a video cre­ated for one of her songs — Video Games — in 2011 that the singer achieved main­stream suc­cess. The song be­came a vi­ral in­ter­net hit and pre­ceded the re­lease of Born to Die, in 2012. The record spawned the Top 10 hits Blue Jeans, Na­tional An­them, Born to Die and Sum­mer­time Sad­ness. This was fol­lowed by an­other EP, Par­adise, which fea­tured the lead sin­gles Ride and Blue Vel­vet. Del Rey’s fifth stu­dio al­bum, Lust for Life, is to be re­leased next month. Her mu­sic is noted for its cin­e­matic sound and ref­er­ences to the pop cul­ture of 1950s and 60s Amer­ica. De­spite her suc­cess, in­clud­ing Grammy nom­i­na­tions and two BRIT Awards, the singer’s live per­for­mances have been the sub­ject of neg­a­tive re­views.

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Lana Del Rey

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