Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and model. Born and raised in New York, Del Rey embarked on a music career in 2005 and first received widespread attention in 2011, when the music video for her single “Video Games” became a viral internet sensation.Del Rey received further recognition after her major-label debut Born to Die peaked at number two on the U.S. charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. A remix of its single “Summertime Sadness”, produced by Cedric Gervais, peaked at number six on the U.S., and the Paradise EP followed that November, garnering Del Rey her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Three of the EP’s tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, which premiered in December 2013.
In October 2015, Del Rey announced that she had begun working on material for her fifth studio album. It has been claimed that one of the producers for the album is Justin Parker. Del Rey has stated that she wants the upcoming record to have a “pop-friendly” and “New York style” sound. In November 2015, Del Rey executive produced a short film “Hi How Are You Daniel Johnston” documenting the life of Daniel Johnston, in which she also covered his song “Some Things Last a Long Time” from his album 1990, for the cover, she collaborated with the producer Justin Parker.
On February 9, 2016, Del Rey hosted a premiere for the music video of her song “Freak”. It was located at The Wiltern, in Los Angeles, California. The video debuted via Del Rey’s VEVO on the same date.