'Just ride' with Lana Del Rey


Over the years the music industry has produced thousands of talented performers who have left their mark on history.

There have been some artists who have flourished, and created musical empires for themselves.
There have also, unfortunately, been some artists who never quite made it.

Lizzy Grant was one of these artists.

She was an aspiring New York singer who hoped to make it big with her alternative indie sound, but after her first album sank, Lizzy Grant fell off the music charts. However, this story has a happy ending, Grant, or better known as her stage name Lana Del Rey, is now regarded as one of America’s biggest female hits.

People around the world have fallen in love with Del Rey’s sultry voice, and provocative lyrics and music videos. There is something about her nostalgic image and sound that sets her apart from other artists within the music industry.

Although her road to fame and fortune could be described as tiresome, Del Rey has managed to keep her head high above the sharks despite the backlash of criticism. Negative light began to shine down on Rey after her performance on Saturday Night Live in 2012. Numerous celebrities even went to lengths to tweet harsh criticisms at the indie artist.

According to MTV.com, actress Eliza Dushku chimed into the Twittersphere during Rey’s performance on SNL by saying, “Who is this wack-a-doodle chick performing on ‘SNL’? Whaaa?”
I think comments like this are completely unprofessional for other artists in Hollywood to say.
Del Rey has gone through her hardships in her life, as a recovering alcoholic, she has had to deal with the temptations of filling up a glass every time new negative feedback is thrown her way.

Although negativity is a huge hurdle celebrities have to deal with everyday, I feel like people are just straight out not giving Del Rey a chance at all. Del Rey is nothing like Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. She is a self- made artist and poet who has highlighted the darker side of the American dream.

According to the United Kingdom’s Vogue.com, Del Rey began her music career after giving up studying metaphysics at Fordham University in New York City at the age of 20.

After her first album was a failure, Del Rey dedicated the next few years to community service, “homeless outreach, drug and alcohol rehabilitation — that’s been my life for the past five years,” Del Rey told Vogue in a 2012 interview.

Del Rey is not another bubble-gum-pop singer. She is a meticulous lyricist with the most original sense of style in the game.

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