Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey initially began performing in clubs in New York City at age 18, and signed her first recording contract when she was 21 years old with 5 Points Records, releasing her first digital album Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant in January 2010. Del Rey bought herself out of her contract with 5 Points Records in April 2010 and signed to Stranger Recordsto release her debut single "Video Games" in June 2011. A music video created by Del Rey for the song was posted on YouTube in August 2011 and became a viral internet hit.
Del Rey then signed a joint deal with Interscope and Polydor in collaboration with Stranger Recordsin July 2011,and released her second studio album Born to Die in January 2012. The album sold over 2.8 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2012. Charting across Europe, the album spawned numerous top ten hits, including "Blue Jeans", "National Anthem", "Born to Die", and "Summertime Sadness". Her third EP, Paradise, is slated for a 2012 release as a solitary album and part of a two-box collection with the deluxe edition of Born to Die. To date, her discography includes two full-length studio albums, three EPs, six singles, and eight music videos.
Del Rey's music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the 1950s and '60s Americana. The singer has described herself as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra". Del Rey is also signed to NEXT Model Management.