Lana Del Rey is a relatively new artist. She started recording in 2010 but it wasn’t until 2012 that she started to be recognized. I just got into Lana’s music in the fall of 2013 when she sang Young and Beautiful on The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Ever since I heard that song, I fell in love.
Lana often says that she is a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” (Lana Del Rey). Her music often sounds like the cinematic, Americana 1950s and 60s (Lana Del Rey). In 2011, Del Rey uploaded her self-made music video for Video Games on Youtube and shortly after signed with the record label, Stranger Records. Del Rey then released her record Born to Die in 2012 where the album quickly sold 3.4 million copies (Lana Del Rey).
Lana Del Rey is an extremely visual artist. Her music videos tell a whole story to add on to the lyrics of each song. Although she hasn’t quite hit stardom as quickly as Justin Bieber, she is steadily moving up the ranks for virtually being discovered on the popular social media site, Youtube. Along with her countless music videos that hold a vintage look to them, Del Rey has also uploaded a short film, Tropico, that has reached over 3.4 million views. Even though some criticized the short film and her music videos, Lana doesn’t take it to heart. She is her own person with her own style. She describes her new album which is to be released in May as “stripped, but still cinematic and dark” (Lana Del Rey).
Lana Del Rey is a badass chick and she sure knows it! When I listen to her music, I want to be riding on the back of a motorcycle with my hair blowing in the wind! I also wish I looked just like her; she is so gorgeous and rocks the vintage-60s-chic-lounge singer-Jackie Kennedy look! With the success of her Born to Die and Paradise album, she can only go up from here!
***Video courtesy of Lana Del Rey VEVO on Youtube***