Lana Del Rey’s talent and tendency to speak her mind have made headlines again.
In her new album, Ultraviolence, which debuted at Number 1 in June, she takes on some heavy themes.
Every criticism that I’d ever heard about her was proven wrong when I was in the studio with her. From how great the songs were to how confident she is as a musician to her fucking singing every song live, with a handheld microphone and a seven-piece band. I mean, get the f**k out of here, who does that? Nobody does that, there hasn’t been a number one pop record that was recorded like that in forty, fifty years.
This is what you should know about her personal life and chart-topping career.
1. Her New Song Is ‘F****d My Way Up to the Top’
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) April 10, 2014
Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Del Rey was born in New York City and lived in Brooklyn before recently moving out to L.A.
Her song off the new album that is causing a stir is called, “F****d My Way Up to the Top.”
She told Complex, “You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.”
She continued, saying, “I like a hands-on love. [Pauses] How can I say this without getting into too much trouble? I like a tangible, passionate love.”
— MovieMagik (@moviemagikin) June 25, 2014
2. She Sang on the ‘Gatsby’ Soundtrack
Her haunting anthem “Young and Beautiful” provided a painfully beautiful backdrop to the 2012 remake.
The song earned her a Grammy nod for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
The powerful lyrics provided a fitting theme to the love story of Gatsby and Daisy:
Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful / Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul / I know you will, I know you will / I know that you will
3. She’s Dating an Italian Photographer
Lana del Rey and boyfriend Francesco! pic.twitter.com/6vsFgNgnQE
— Lana del Rey Source (@LizzysBae) July 1, 2014
According to his website, he lives and works in New York City. His projects include these music videos:
RITA ORA: “I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN”
A$AP ROCKY: “PHOENIX”
BANKS: “WAITING GAME”
4. She Smokes on Stage
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) June 16, 2014
When asked why she smokes while performing, the self proclaimed “chain smoker,” said, “Dude, I have to. I can’t get through it.
A smoker since she was 17, she told Complex, “It’s crazy. That’s why I try to play mostly outdoor festivals. [Laughs.] Because 45 minutes into the set, when you’ve still got 45 more minutes to go, you need to smoke.”
5. She Wishes She Was ‘Dead Already’
In an interview with the Guardian, she said,
“I wish I was dead already…I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”
When the interviewer asked her if it was music that she didn’t want to continue doing, she said.
“Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but …”