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Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey became an Internet sensation in 2011 with her videos for 'Blue Jeans' and 'Video Games' and quickly became the latest buzz on music blogs. The daughter of a wealthy Internet investor, the New Yorker had a difficult start, being sent away to boarding school at the age of 15 in an attempt at dealing with her alcohol abuse. Changing her ways, she originally pursued a musical career under her real name Elizabeth Grant, but her independently released debut album received little attention and was quickly withdrawn. With the help of producer David Kahne, her songwriting evolved and she grew into the persona of Lana Del Rey.

Her single 'Born to Die' in 2011 reached number seven in the UK and the album of the same name went on to top the charts in seven countries. She won a BRIT Award in 2012 for Best International Breakthrough Act and another in 2013 for International Female Solo Artist. That year she also worked with director Baz Luhrmann to write the song 'Young and Beautiful' for Luhrmann's film adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby' starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The track was released as a single and charted at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. She continued her film work in 2014 as she recorded a version of the song 'Once Upon a Dream' for 'Maleficent'.

She returned to the studio to record her third album 'Ultraviolence' with its first single 'West Coast' being released in 2014. The album topped the charts in 12 countries including the UK and the USA, selling more than 800,000 copies in its first week. She recorded two songs that were used in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' - 'I Can Fly' and 'Big Eyes' - as well as 'Life Is Beautiful' for 'The Age of Adaline'.

After featuring on two songs on The Weeknd's 'Starboy' album, she released her fifth album 'Lust for Life' in 2017 with The Weeknd returning the collaborative favour on the title track. In 2019 she returned with sixth studio album 'Norman F**king Rockwell' which features the singles 'Mariners Apartment Complex' and 'Doin' Time'.

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