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Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

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Born to Die is the second studio album by singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. Released in 2012, it saw massive success due to the surprising, widespread popularity of its lead single "Video Games"; seven songs off of the album have since been released as singles. It helped popularize the Sadcore and Baroque Pop genres, while some songs even delved into Indie Pop and Alternative Hip Hop territories.

The album enforced Del Rey's image as an amalgam of sultry women continually caught under the heel of opportunistic, even sadistic men. The songs can be mostly characterized as a testament to the dark side of the American Dream and the prices a woman pays while selling her body on the silver screen. Some songs reference Lolita, and even 1960s caricatures of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy serve as examples of such tragic figures.

The album was controversial for this reason as well, with multiple feminists denouncing Del Rey's supposed glorification of female sexuality and servitude, and others criticizing its overproduction and the crooning slowness of her voice. Born to Die continues to remain both divisive and sexy, which accurately characterizes the singer herself.