Happy birthday, Lana Del Rey: See her star sign and your horoscope
21 JUNE 2014
Happy birthday, Lana Del Rey! As the award-winning singer/songwriter turns 28, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Lana and you...
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Lana Del Rey was born Elizabeth Grant in 1986. She released her first album as Lizzy Grant in 2010 and titled it Lana Del Rey but later bought herself out the contract and reinvented herself as Lana Del Rey - "Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue", she told Vogue magazine.
Growing up, Lana gained a dependency on alcohol and was sent to boarding school at age 15 to recover from the addiction. She returned to New York City at age 18 to study metaphysics at university, and began playing at clubs for her friends after her uncle taught her to play guitar.
Her debut single Video Games was released as a single in October 2011 and went on to win the Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song in 2012.
Noted for its cinematic sound and nostalgia for and pop culture references towards 1950s Americana, her debut album as Lana, Born To Die, was released in 2012 and became the fifth best-selling album of the year.
Lana was soon hit with claims of hypocrisy and was labelled as fake when her past record contracts were revealed, but in 2014 she came back stronger with a new album, Ultraviolence. Speaking of the album, she said: "It's a little more stripped down but still cinematic and dark. I've been working on it really slowly but I love everything I've done."
In 2014 Lana was also asked to perform at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's private wedding in Italy. Reality star Kim is reportedly a big fan of the singer, and Kanye used her song Young and Beautiful to propose to his new wife.