For a woman whose songs are like miniature syllabi in American Studies—saturated in references to jazz, girl groups, heavy metal, Springsteen; Hemingway and Fitzgerald; money, power, glory; excess and loss; Whitmanian multitudes—it felt like an act of defiance. InDel Rey was featured on The Weeknd 's third studio album Starboy providing backing vocals on " Party Monster " and lead vocals on "Stargirl Interlude".
Copyright Office and she recorded elsewhere, finishing up an unreleased folky album called Sirens under the name May Jailer.
Reverting to the name Lizzy Grantshe signed with 5 Points Records inrecording an EP called Kill Kill with producer David Kahne, who would prove to be her first pivotal collaborator.
As the summer wound to a close, Del Rey announced the September release of Honeymoon, an album she said was "very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue. Throughoutvarious singles and videos surfaced -- these included a cover of Leonard Cohen 's "Chelsea Hotel 2," as well as a cover of Lee Hazlewood 's "Summer Wine" performed with her then-boyfriend, Barrie-James O'Neill -- but her biggest release of the year was the new song "Young and Beautiful," penned for Baz Luhrmann 's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
It was half-inspired because I didn't have many friends, and I was hoping that I would meet people and fall in love and start a community around me, the way they used to do in the '60s.
InLana Del Rey stopped performing in front of the American flag. Del Rey's full-fledged debut album, Born to Die, appeared to considerable anticipation in January After uploading them to her YouTube channel inDel Rey's videos for the songs " Video Games " and " Blue Jeans " became viral internet sensations,  and she was signed by Stranger Records to release "Video Games" as her debut single.
That same day she was announced as the August cover star for Billboard her fifth time on the cover.
And Lana has an anthem for that, too. Greeted by mixed reviews, Born to Die's launch also suffered a setback after Del Rey's halting appearance on Saturday Night Live on in January ofbut that apparent stumble ultimately had the effect of raising Del Rey's profile, and soon Born to Die became a steady seller.
Before graduating inshe moved to North Bergen, New Jersey.