Born and raised in New York, Lana Del Rey embarked on her musical career in 2005, but gained notoriety only since 2008 when she signs for the small 5 Point Record label by David Khane, with which she publishes Kill Kill on behalf of Lizzy Grant serving as an appetizer to a long actual album titled Lana Del Rey aka Lizzy Grant.
However, she got more notoriety with the album Born to Die, released on 27 January 2012 and recorded in collaboration with the record labels Interscope, Polydor and Stranger, the album has sold seven million copies worldwide and contains tracks inspired by different musical styles, from indie pop to sadcore to soul.
She made her debut at number one in thirteen countries, including United Kingdom and Australia, while together with Videogames she generated three successful singles all over the world: Blue Jeans, Born to Die and Summertime Sadness, whose remake by French DJ Cedric Gervais reached number six in the US charts.
In November 2012, EP Paradise was released, which guaranteed her first Grammy Award nomination in the category of the best vocal pop album; three vocal tracks of the EP were also included in the short film Tropico ( 2013).
In 2014 she released her third album, Ultraviolence, which received a welcome from critics and positive public, so much so that she debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States.
Following a tour in North America with Courtney Love and Grimes, in 2015 Del Rey released Honeymoon, her fourth studio album.
It too was a commercial success and was well received by critics, becoming the best-selling album in the first week by a female artist in 2015.
Also in 2015 Del Rey became the most listened female artist on Spotify in the United States and the fourth in the world.
From 20 January 2018, Lana Del Rey is the third woman in the history of the Billboard 200 to remain present with an album for more than 300 weeks.
Until December 2017, albums have sold a total of 14,352,000 copies.