Artist Of The Week: Lana Del Rey

The WERS Artist of The Week is one of the most talked about new acts of the past year, Lana Del Rey. Following the success of her record, Born To Die, Lana is set to release a brand new EP, Paradise, on November 12th.

Lana Del Rey (born Lizzie Grant) hails from Lake Placid, New Yorkand first dabbled in music whilst studying at FordhamUniversity. She learned to play guitar and started performing in clubs throughout New York City. In 2008 she released an EP titled Kill Kill on 5 Point Records. 2 years later 5 Point would release a full length record from Del Rey titled Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant. However, it took a few more years for the public to pay attention to Lana Del Rey.

In 2001, Del Rey uploaded several tracks to YouTube, the most notable being “Video Games”. The song became a viral success and she received a Q Magazine Award for “Next Big Thing” and also signed to Interscope and Polydor Records. Hype was building around Lana Del Rey and she performed on “Later…With Jools Holland” and “Saturday Night Live”. Del Rey’s major label debut record, Born To Die, was released on January 31, 2012. The record received mixed reviews from critics, however it has sold nearly 2.8 million copies worldwide, therefore making it one of the top selling records of the year.

Now Lana Del Rey is back with a brand new EP release, Paradise! The EP features 8 songs not included on Born To Die, including lead single, “Ride” and a cover of the classic 1950s song, “Blue Velvet”. Paradise will be released both as a standalone EP as well as part of a two disc re-issue of Born To Die. The Paradise EP will be out on November 12th and keep listening to WERS to hear music from Lana Del Rey!

By Mariel Wade

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