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Musically, she’s created a distinct sound that fuses classic pop music with noirish references to 1950s–1970s Americana. She’s married it to a vision of tragic romance, seedy Hollywood glamour, and melancholia that has won her millions of fans.

After her viral video for “Video Games,” she followed with the acclaimed albums Ultraviolence and Lust for Life. She also contributed to the soundtracks of movies including The Weeknd’s Starboy.

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Lana Del Rey - Visionary Pop Artist

Since bursting into the public eye with 2011's enigmatic Video Games, Lana Del Rey has established herself as a visionary pop artist. Her major label debut Born to Die and its follow-up Ultraviolence apply a postmodern approach to retro Americana, blending sensual intimacy with Gatsbyish grandeur.

On 2017's Lust for Life, the singer expanded her examination of American archetypes to incorporate modern-day first-person storytelling.

Music

Lana Del Rey makes atmospheric, orchestral, retro-'60s sounding pop that showcases her torchy image and sensuously husky singing voice. She first gained attention with a series of videos, including a reworking of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2," and the single "Video Games," which she released under her given name of Lizzy Grant in 2009. In 2011, her breakout album Born to Die was released to critical acclaim and commercial success. The lead single, "Summertime Sadness," became a top-ten hit in the United States. She also made an appearance on the TV show Saturday Night Live and wrote a song for Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby.

Her second album, Ultraviolence, was released in 2014 and included the hit singles "Cruel World" and "Ultraviolence." It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Over the years, Del Rey has become a symbol of the '60s psychedelic counterculture and an icon for young girls who idolize the classic beauty of Marilyn Monroe. Yet she's also been the subject of controversy for her alleged anti-feminism, cynical use of popular culture, and refusal to engage with fans. Her aversion to direct communication has fueled criticism that she's playing the role of a "delicate" white woman to avoid accountability. In recent years, her public behavior has been marred by questionable mask choices and a growing sense of self-importance.

History

After several early releases, including an unreleased album under the name Sirens (recorded as Lizzy Grant) and a music video for her single "Video Games" released online in October 2011, Del Rey rose to prominence with the release of her debut album Born to Die in January 2012. The record built on the hypnotic ballads and Americana themes that would define much of her work. It also introduced her as the enigmatic, tragic femme fatale that came to define her image.

The success of the album and its accompanying videos helped Del Rey build a cult following on image-based social media sites such as Tumblr. Fans found homemade music videos for unreleased songs such as 'Kinda Outta Luck' and 'On Our Way' floating around the web, often set against a backdrop of nostalgia-inspired images such as film clips from Stanley Kubrick and Adrien Lyne's films and pictures of the actress Lolita, whom Del Rey alludes to in her lyrics.

Del Rey's songwriting and character continued to develop with her major-label debut and its follow-up, both of which received generally positive reviews from critics. She has since starred in music videos, two short films, and a television series, and collaborated with artists such as The Weeknd and Taylor Swift. She has also modeled for H&M and was named the face of Mulberry's signature handbag.

Albums

Lana Del Rey is a master at sculpting album landscapes. From desert rock to noir pop, trap, Laurel Canyon-inspired lullabies about vaping and Kanye West's downfall, the singer/songwriter has built up an appetite for her high drama and flower crowns in the online counterculture. She's also become a consummate lyrical poet, an expert at capturing the evanescent nature of youth and a talented composer who's adept at referencing classic songs, whether it's 'Lust For Life' or 'Norman F---ing Rockwell!'

Though the songs on her first major label release weren't always hits, the record paved the way for her to explore more deeply the themes of lusting after older men and drug addiction that would define her musical career. The title track 'Born To Die' has become one of the best-known anthems of her genre, and the languid, sultry vibe of this album will be the sound of Laurel Canyon for decades to come.

Her fifth album leaned into her folkier influences, with the swirling strings and Golden Age of Hollywood glamour of 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club' delivering what some have called her magnum opus. The album strayed slightly from the melodrama of her previous releases, but still offered a window into the fading American Dream and a portrait of a struggling celebrity.

Concert

Despite an aversion to publicity and a preference for the low-key, Lana Del Rey has made a name for herself as an auteur who deftly straddles a fine line between discomfiting intimacy and stadium show grandeur. With her gloomy vision of romantic folly, skewed pop-culture references, and looming ecological and political disaster, she has captivated a devoted following that extends beyond the typical teen-pop circles. Cultural critics have accused her of inauthenticity, while misogynists see her as a sexual object who exploits women and their desires.

Performing for an hour and a half at the Schottenstein Center, Del Rey’s set began with “A&W”, a hypnotic track from her 2014 fan-favourite Ultraviolence. She then launched into a mellow twirl through her early catalogue, from 2012’s Born to Die to 2021’s Blue Banisters and the generation-defining 2019 album Norman Fucking Rockwell!, as well as the wistful Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard.

The show was a cinematic experience, with changing phases of the moons, old Hollywood footage, and white sandy beaches projected onto the stage backdrop. She sang with passion and grace, and her two dancers twirled umbrellas and moved gracefully to the rhythms of the songs. It was an immersive environment that lent itself to the communal bond between Del Rey and her fans, and she ended the concert with the song “Million Dollar Man” with an acoustic version featuring just her and a piano.