Lana Del Rey Celebrates The Four-Year Anniversary Of Debut LP ‘Born To Die’
Lana Del Rey fired up Instagram this morning (January 27) to celebrate the four-year anniversary of much-loved debut LP Born To Die. “Darling Born to Die, Happy 4th birthday!” she captioned a black-and-white photo from a 2012 appearance at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. “You feel so much older than that to me. Maybe it’s because I started making you years before you were delivered. I’m so proud to have you as the first record of my beloved discography.”
Arriving in a blaze of blog buzz thanks to viral hit “Video Games,” Born To Die debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 1.3 million copies on the back of already-classic singles “Summertime Sadness” and “Blue Jeans.” (It performed even better internationally with global sales estimated at 8.5 million). Amazingly, Lana’s opus is still charting, perched at number 108 on this week’s chart.
While the commercial success of Born To Die was staggering, its influence on pop culture is even more impressive. Lana’s debut spawned a wave of dark-pop goddesses with emotional baggage and the songs continue to be mined by other artists today. (Halsey’s “New Americana” owes a huge debt to “National Anthem,” while Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” evokes bonus tracks “Without You” and “Lucky Ones”). See the 30-year-old’s chic Instagram tribute below.