1.Lana Del Rey's real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.
2.Del Rey is of Scottish descent, and has two younger siblings
3.She was born on June 21, 1986 in New York City to former Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur, Rob Grant, and former Grey account executive, Pat Grant.
4.She grew up wealthy and spent a lot of time the Chateau Marmont in L.A. and travelled around the world with her parents.
5.Her first introduction to singing was in the church choir which she enjoyed and her interest for music peaked.
6.Del Rey grew up in Lake Placid, New York until age 15, when she was sent to Kent School, a boarding school in Connecticut, for three years to deal with her alcohol dependence. "I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so f******* cool. A great deal of what I wrote on Born To Die is about these wilderness years. When I write about the thing that I've lost I feel like I'm writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, 'I'm f*****. I am totally f***** . Like, at first it's fine and you think you have a dark side - it's exciting - and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. It's also a completely different way of living when you know that...a different species of person. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me," she said in an interview.
7.She attended Fordham University in the Bronx, New York where she studied metaphysics which is a branch of philosophy. She chose it because "it bridged the gap between God and science. I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why," she said in an interview.
8.She eventually dropped out because she wasn't good at math. She began focusing on art, writing, and video editing.
9.While in New York, she started performing at small, local clubs. "I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously. When I got to New York City when I was 18, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn-I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point-and that was it."
10.Her father, Rob Grant, bankrolled her first independent studio album. The album was called Sirens and she recorded it under the name "May Jailer".
11.In 2007, Del Rey signed a record contract for $10,000 with 5 Points Records while still a senior at Fordham University and moved into Manhattan Mobile Home Park, a New Jersey trailer park.
12.Her original debut album, which was officially released in 2010 under her real name, Lizzy Grant, was produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor). However, it did not perform well.
13.Lizzy Grant was almost ready to give up making it in the music business as a singer when she released a song called "Video Games" under the stage name Lana Del Rey on the internet in January 2010. "To be honest, it wasn't going to be the single but people have really responded to it. I get very sad when I play that song. I still cry sometimes when I sing it," she said.
14."Video Games had over 20 million YouTube views in its first 5 months.
15.The song was a hit and Del Rey signed a joint deal in October 2011l with Interscope Records and Polydor.
16."Video Games" won the prize for best contemporary song at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards. The awards are one of the highest regarded within the UK music industry as they are voted for by songwriters and composers.
17.Her debut single, "Video Games", attained worldwide success, reaching number one in Germany and top-ten positions in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (as of December 2011).
18.Del Rey performed under various stage names, such as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen, May Jailer, and Lana Rey Del Mar.
19.She finally decided to go with "Lana Del Rey" because it "reminded [her] of the glamour of the seaside.
20.Del Rey identifies herself as a Roman Catholic.
21.Amongst her musical influences, Del Rey cites several contemporary artists such as Elvis Presley, Antony and the Johnsons, Frank Sinatra, and Eminem.
22.Del Rey's music has been praised for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, especially that of the 1950s and 1960s Americana.