Lana Del Rey, a 27 year old New York native who took the world by storm with her hit single “Video Games,” danced across yet another milestone just as her 2014 tour of America prepares to kick off. With less than two weeks to go before she flicks on the stage lights to her adoring fans in the land of Liberty, Americans let her know just how eager they are to have her here by breaking one million copies of her first album, “Born To Die.” Though Miss Del Rey could easily have seen it coming.
Success rained like gold down upon Lana from the very start when, at only eighteen years old, she became one of the few to reach stardom with a digital introduction. Posting “Video Games” on YouTube was a risk worth taking that made her an overnight success with critics cheering her originality and vocal talent. With the re-release of the song on her first major label,” Born To Die”, Del Rey burst into superstar status by holding the number five spot for most selling album in 2012, the year it was introduced, and by breaking 5 million copies sold worldwide to date.
Lana’s self-described “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” sound doesn’t appear to be a passing fancy either. The release of her third EP, “Paradise,” raked in over 67,000 copies within it’s first week alone, reaching the top 5 on Billboard here in the United States and top 10 across Canada and Europe. Del Rey captured the 2013 BRIT award for International Female Solo Artist from the hugely successful Taylor Swift, making it the second BRIT award in her collection to date. But with the highly anticipated new EP “Ultraviolence” poised to drop just after her American tour reaches it’s finale in May, such startling victories over the more established artists in the field may become business as usual for Miss Del Ray. Indeed she is breaking new ground with “Ultraviolence” by releasing “Tropico,” a short film directed by Anthony Mandler, just before “Ultraviolence” is circulated. Lana considers the film to be her “farewell,” which had fans fearing her departure from the entertainment business, but Del Rey quickly cleared away their despair.
“I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my [Born to Die/Paradise] chapter[s] before I release the new record, Ultraviolence.” Lana replied to the Huffington Post in January of this year. With just four short months under it’s belt, “Tropico” has climbed to nearly three and a half million views despite flack from the Christian community garnered by her visually stunning reinterpretation of the fall from the Garden of Eden.
Lana begins her tour April 23rd in Grand Prairie, Texas and will conclude May 27th in Seattle, Washington. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to pick up yours before it is too late. And while you are ordering, take a look at Lana Del Rey’s “Tropico” below.
Lana Del Rey’s Tropico (WARNING: some content NSFW)
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