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American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey will be hitting UK shores again for a 4 date tour in February 2020.
The whistle-stop headlining Norman F****** Rockwell tour named after her latest album release in April this year will stop off at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena on Saturday 29th February.
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, as she was born, released her debut album Lana Del Rey in 2010, named after the moniker she had chosen to help “shape her music”. Her sound – inspired by her frequent trips to Miami at the time and her name – a meshing of film actress Lana Turner and the Del Ray sedan car, she came to prominence a year later when she released her debut single ‘Videogames’ and signed to Polydor Records, with her album “Born to Die” released the following year. The record spawned the hit singles ‘Blue Jeans’ and ‘Born To Die’.
Her somophore album Ultraviolence was released in 2014 to critical acclaim and topped the charts in the US and UK. Two more albums followed; Honeymoon (2015) and Lust For Life (2016) before this year’s sixth Norman F***** Rockwell. Del Ray digs deep on the album, as Rolling Stone puts it, into the “twisted fantasies of glamour and danger” an expose into the current American psyche. Lead single from the album, “Doin Time”, is her take on the George Gershwin classic which sweeps you up into disturbia.
In 2018, her feud with rapper Azelia Banks based on Kanye West’s pro-Trump views lit up the twittersphere with virtual punches being thrown left, right and centre between the two artists. So too again, after the release of Norman F****ing Rockwell in August this year, Del Ray took to twitter to express her dissatisfaction at being termed as “uncooked” in a critique of the album by NPR. Proof if needed that Lana Del Rey is no shrinking violet and though her music may suggest a timeless and melancholic “Hollywood Sadcore”, away from it there is an immediacy and dynamism to her personality.
Find Lana Del Rey’s full list of UK tour dates below:
25 – The 02, London
26 – Arena, Manchester
28 – Hydro, Glasgow
29 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
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