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This article is about the album by Lana Del Rey. Born to Die_sentence_0

For other uses, see Born to Die (disambiguation). Born to Die_sentence_1

Born to Die is the second studio album and major label debut by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. Born to Die_sentence_2

It was released on January 27, 2012, through Interscope Records and Polydor Records. Born to Die_sentence_3

The album was reissued on November 9, 2012, as an expanded version subtitled The Paradise Edition. Born to Die_sentence_4

Prior to the release of the album, Del Rey had attracted attention with her 2011 singles "Video Games" and "Born to Die", which contrasted with contemporary electronic/dance music with their cinematic sound accompanied by dramatic string instruments. Born to Die_sentence_5

A predominantly baroque pop and trip hop album, Born to Die musically features the same cinematic composition. Born to Die_sentence_6

The lyrics are about love, sex, and drugs, and features prominent references to 1950s and 1960s Americana. Born to Die_sentence_7

The album was the world's fifth best-selling album of 2012, and had sold over 7 million copies by 2014. Born to Die_sentence_8

It spent more than 300 weeks on the US Billboard 200, where it peaked at number two, and topped charts in Australia and various European countries including France, Germany, and the UK. Born to Die_sentence_9

Born to Die was supported by four further singles: "Blue Jeans", "Summertime Sadness", "National Anthem", and "Dark Paradise". Born to Die_sentence_10

"Summertime Sadness" peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Del Rey's best-charting single in the US. Born to Die_sentence_11

The album polarized contemporary critics; praises were towards the album's distinctive sound, and criticism targeted its repetitiveness and melodramatic tendencies. Born to Die_sentence_12

Del Rey's image during promotion of Born to Die was controversial; tabloid media accused her of an inauthentic persona that was the result of forced marketing to gain an audience in the indie music scene. Born to Die_sentence_13

The album has been retrospectively ranked in best-of lists by several publications including The Guardian and NME, and helped Del Rey acquire cult status among music fans. Born to Die_sentence_14

Background and development Born to Die_section_0

In 2007, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Grant signed a recording contract with the independent record label 5 Point Records, and began planning for her debut studio album. Born to Die_sentence_15

However, after hiring new management services, taking an interest in adopting the stage name Lana Del Ray, and a perceived lack of motivation during production, she found herself in conflict with the record label and her producer David Kahne. Born to Die_sentence_16

The final product, Lana Del Ray, was digitally released in January 2010, and her stage name was respelled Lana Del Rey shortly after its launch. Born to Die_sentence_17

Grant was successfully bought out of her recording contract upon the request of her manager; consequently, Lana Del Ray was pulled out of circulation before physical versions were produced. Born to Die_sentence_18

After settling with her current stage name, Del Rey signed a recording contract with Stranger Records in June 2011, and released the track "Video Games". Born to Die_sentence_19

Initially, she had released the song because it was her "favorite" and had no intentions of releasing it as a single, although the video went viral on YouTube after its premiere. Born to Die_sentence_20

During an appearance on the French television series Taratata in November 2011, Del Rey announced that her second studio album would be titled Born to Die. Born to Die_sentence_21

The photograph used on the cover for Born to Die was shot by Nicole Nodland, while Del Rey and David Bowden oversaw the overall direction for its packaging. Born to Die_sentence_22

On behalf of Complex, Dale Eisinger ranked the cover eighth on the magazine's list of "The 50 Best Pop Album Covers of the Past Five Years", commending its usage of the typeface Steelfish and speaking favorably of the "ominous" feeling it evoked, which he credited to "the shadows or whatever the shapes in the background are [and] how properly Lana can affect her detached and still-flawless persona to a simple gaze". Born to Die_sentence_23

The album's track listing was announced on January 9, 2012, while the record itself was released on January 31 in the United States; it became Del Rey's major-label debut after she secured a distribution arrangement with Interscope Records. Born to Die_sentence_24

Composition Born to Die_section_1

Born to Die's music style has been described as alternative pop, baroque pop, indie pop, sadcore and trip hop. Born to Die_sentence_25

In regard to the style of her vocals on the album, Del Rey stated: "people weren't taking me very seriously, so I lowered my voice, believing that it would help me stand out. Born to Die_sentence_26

Now I sing quite low... well, for a female anyway". Born to Die_sentence_27

The singer's first singles, "Video Games" and "Born to Die" were described variously as "quasi-cabaret balladry", "woozy and sometimes soporific soundtrack soul", and "pop". Born to Die_sentence_28

Del Rey described "Video Games" as "Hollywood sadcore". Born to Die_sentence_29

Tim Lee of musicOMH noted the songs are extremely similar, commenting that "her (alleged) agents clearly having stumbled upon a formula with which they can (allegedly) print money and (allegedly) further consign Lana's secretive, (allegedly) real debut LP to the annals of history. Born to Die_sentence_30

You didn't hear it from us, right?". Born to Die_sentence_31

Del Rey was described as a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra", although she cites Britney Spears, Elvis Presley and Antony and the Johnsons as her musical influences. Born to Die_sentence_32

When asked about her musical style, Del Rey stated: Born to Die_sentence_33

The lyrics of "Off to the Races" have been described as "a freak show of inappropriate co-dependency", with a chorus that recalls Sheryl Crow's "down and out drunken loner persona" in her 1994 single "Leaving Las Vegas". Born to Die_sentence_34

Pryia Elan of NME noted that the track "almost falls under the weight of this persona. Born to Die_sentence_35

There's none of 'Video Games measured, piano-led reflection. Born to Die_sentence_36

Instead the psychosexual rumblings of the lyrics and the dual voices she uses off set the comparatively simple musical shades on display." Born to Die_sentence_37

Del Rey's vocals on "Off to the Races", "National Anthem", and "Diet Mountain Dew" were described as "chatty" and "almost rapping". Born to Die_sentence_38

Del Rey's vocals on "Million Dollar Man" were likened to those of "a highly medicated Fiona Apple". Born to Die_sentence_39

Compared to soundtracks for James Bond films, Born to Die contains trip hop beats and a cinematic sound reminiscent of the 1950s. Born to Die_sentence_40

Thematically, Born to Die refers to sex and drugs, with Del Rey playing a Lolita-esque persona. Born to Die_sentence_41

Bill Lamb, a reviewer at About.com, wrote that "National Anthem" "[seems] lost in a messy blend of money, sex, and corporate greed, but it is the rousing yet graceful arrangement that solidifies the song's point of view as a clever critique of a society that is just as messy as these words". Born to Die_sentence_42

"National Anthem", Lamb says, fits into the lyrical structure of Born to Die in that the theme, as a whole, is that of a "bitter, albeit narcotized, criticism of all of the wealth and emotional artifice Lana Del Rey is accused of embracing". Born to Die_sentence_43

NME observed that Del Rey sings like a "perfect mannequin" on "National Anthem", criticizing the track for baldly revisiting the beat-driven chorus of "Born to Die". Born to Die_sentence_44

Promotion Born to Die_section_2

"Video Games" was featured for the first time on The CW's Ringer on September 28, 2011 during a pivotal scene, propelling Del Rey into the mainstream. Born to Die_sentence_45

Del Rey also promoted the album with performances in a number of live appearances, including for MTV Push, and at the Bowery Ballroom, where, according to Eliot Glazer of New York, "the polarizing indie hipstress brought her 'gangsta Nancy Sinatra' swagu". Born to Die_sentence_46

Matthew Perpetua of Rolling Stone commented that, despite Del Rey being nervous and anxious while performing her songs live, she "sang with considerable confidence, though her transitions from husky, come-hither sexuality to bratty, girlish petulance could be rather jarring". Born to Die_sentence_47

Del Rey also performed "Video Games" on Dutch television program De Wereld Draait Door, on British music television show Later... with Jools Holland, and on a show at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California. Born to Die_sentence_48

Del Rey also gave several interviews for newspapers and online magazines such as The Quietus, The Observer, and Pitchfork, while creating her own music videos for several tracks such as "Blue Jeans" and "Off to the Races". Born to Die_sentence_49

On January 14, 2012, Del Rey appeared on Saturday Night Live to perform "Blue Jeans" and "Video Games". Born to Die_sentence_50

Her performance soon came under scrutiny, and was criticized by NBC anchor Brian Williams, who referred to the performance as "the worst in SNL history". Born to Die_sentence_51

Hosts Andy Samberg and Daniel Radcliffe came to her defense, with the latter stating that the criticism towards her was less about the performance and more about "her past and her family". Born to Die_sentence_52

Ringer played another Del Rey song, "Blue Jeans", on February 14, 2012 during the last scene of episode 13. Born to Die_sentence_53

Singles Born to Die_section_3

"Video Games" was released as Del Rey's debut single on October 10, 2011. Born to Die_sentence_54

The song received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised Del Rey's vocals and considered it as one of the best songs of 2011. Born to Die_sentence_55

"Video Games" attained worldwide success, reaching number one in Germany and top-ten positions in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Born to Die_sentence_56

An accompanying music video, directed and edited by Del Rey, contained video clips of skateboarders, cartoons, shots from old afties, and paparazzi footage of Paz de la Huerta falling down while intoxicated. Born to Die_sentence_57

The music video helped increase Del Rey's online popularity. Born to Die_sentence_58

The second single and title track, "Born to Die", was released as a digital download on December 30, 2011. Born to Die_sentence_59

The music video for it leaked on December 14, 2011, and was based on a concept created by the singer, while being directed by Yoann Lemoine. Born to Die_sentence_60

Rolling Stone gave the music video a generally favorable review. Born to Die_sentence_61

Del Rey announced "Blue Jeans" as the third single from the album following "Video Games" and "Born to Die". Born to Die_sentence_62

It was officially released on April 6, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_63

An accompanying music video, directed by Yoann Lemoine, premiered around the web on March 19, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_64

"Summertime Sadness" was released as the fourth single on June 22, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_65

The official music video was released on July 20, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_66

"National Anthem" was announced as the fifth single and was released on July 6, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_67

The music video for "National Anthem" was released on June 27, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_68

"Dark Paradise" was released as the final single on March 1, 2013 only in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland. Born to Die_sentence_69

"Radio" charted at number 67 in France. Born to Die_sentence_70

"Without You" debuted at number 121 in the UK. Born to Die_sentence_71

"Off to the Races" was released as a promotional single in The Netherlands on January 6, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_72

A music video, directed by Del Rey, was released on December 22, 2011. Born to Die_sentence_73

"Carmen" was released as a promotional single in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on January 26, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_74

On February 27, 2012, Del Rey revealed through her Facebook profile that the video for the song "Carmen" was shot and would be finished being edited that day. Born to Die_sentence_75

The video for "Carmen" was released on April 21, 2012. Born to Die_sentence_76

Critical reception Born to Die_section_4

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Professional ratingsBorn to Die_table_caption_0
Aggregate scoresBorn to Die_header_cell_0_0_0
SourceBorn to Die_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingBorn to Die_header_cell_0_1_1
AnyDecentMusic?Born to Die_cell_0_2_0 6.2/10Born to Die_cell_0_2_1
MetacriticBorn to Die_cell_0_3_0 62/100Born to Die_cell_0_3_1
Review scoresBorn to Die_header_cell_0_4_0
SourceBorn to Die_header_cell_0_5_0 RatingBorn to Die_header_cell_0_5_1
AllMusicBorn to Die_cell_0_6_0 Born to Die_cell_0_6_1
Chicago TribuneBorn to Die_cell_0_7_0 Born to Die_cell_0_7_1
The Daily TelegraphBorn to Die_cell_0_8_0 Born to Die_cell_0_8_1
Entertainment WeeklyBorn to Die_cell_0_9_0 C+Born to Die_cell_0_9_1
The GuardianBorn to Die_cell_0_10_0 Born to Die_cell_0_10_1
The IndependentBorn to Die_cell_0_11_0 Born to Die_cell_0_11_1
NMEBorn to Die_cell_0_12_0 8/10Born to Die_cell_0_12_1
PitchforkBorn to Die_cell_0_13_0 5.5/10Born to Die_cell_0_13_1
Rolling StoneBorn to Die_cell_0_14_0 Born to Die_cell_0_14_1
SpinBorn to Die_cell_0_15_0 6/10Born to Die_cell_0_15_1

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 62 based on 37 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Born to Die_sentence_77

Jaime Gill of BBC Music commented that the album "isn't perfect", criticizing the production of songs such as "Dark Paradise". Born to Die_sentence_78

However, Gill concluded that Born to Die is the most distinctive debut album since Glasvegas's eponymous disc released in 2008. Born to Die_sentence_79

Slant Magazine writer Sal Cinquemani commented that several tracks had their production changed for the album, making tracks such as "National Anthem" and "This is What Makes Us Girls" less "radio-friendly". Born to Die_sentence_80

Cinquemani stated that, "ironically, the album's sole weakness is the strength of its immaculate production, which can be a bit overwhelming over the course of 12 tracks." Born to Die_sentence_81

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian said that Born to Die is "beautifully turned pop music, which is more than enough", with most melodies "constructed magnificently", while also stating that Del Rey "doesn't have the lyrical equipment to develop a persona throughout the album." Born to Die_sentence_82

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune gave a negative review, and highly criticized the repetitive production. Born to Die_sentence_83

Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone declared that the lyrics, with their "pop-trash perversity", was the strength of the album but that Del Rey had a voice that was "pinched and prim" and that she "wasn't ready to make an album yet". Born to Die_sentence_84

Sheffield concluded, "Given her chic image, it's a surprise how dull, dreary and pop-starved Born to Die is." Born to Die_sentence_85

AllMusic critic John Bush wrote: "There is a chasm that separates 'Video Games' from the other material and performances on the album, which aims for exactly the same target—sultry, sexy, wasted—but with none of the same lyrical grace, emotional power, or sympathetic productions... an intriguing start, but Del Rey is going to have to hit the books if she wants to stay as successful as her career promised early on". Born to Die_sentence_86

Channing Freeman of Sputnikmusic disliked the album, saying "The worst thing about Born to Die is that even its great songs contain problems". Born to Die_sentence_87

The Observer's Kitty Empire said that, unlike pop singers Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and their "hedonic outpourings", "Lana Del Rey's partying is fuelled by a knowing sadness, and sung in that laconic, hypnotic voice, which ultimately saves this thoroughly dissolute, feminist nightmare of a record for the romantics among us". Born to Die_sentence_88

The A.V. Born to Die_sentence_89 Club's Evan Rytlewski panned the album, calling it "Shallow and overwrought, with periodic echoes of Kesha's Valley Girl aloofness, the album lives down to the harshest preconceptions against pop music". Born to Die_sentence_90

Randall Roberts of Los Angeles Times also noted that the singer's vocals have "so much potential and yet [are] unrefined", and said that despite having stand out tracks like "Summertime Sadness" and "Dark Paradise", listening to the album "has become tiring and woozy, like if you'd taken a half-dozen Ambiens when you'd put the record on – and now you're getting very, very sleepy". Born to Die_sentence_91

Pitchfork's Lindsay Zoladz commented: "The album's point of view—if you could call it that—feels awkward and out of date... [it] never allows tension or complexity into the mix, and its take on female sexuality ends up feeling thoroughly tame. Born to Die_sentence_92

For all of its coos about love and devotion, it's the album equivalent of a faked orgasm—a collection of torch songs with no fire". Born to Die_sentence_93

Alex Denney of NME gave a positive review, saying: "Although it's not quite the perfect pop record 'Video Games' might have led us to wish for, Born To Die still marks the arrival of a fresh—and refreshingly self-aware—sensibility in pop." Born to Die_sentence_94

Accolades Born to Die_section_5

Awards Born to Die_section_6

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YearBorn to Die_header_cell_1_0_0 OrganizationBorn to Die_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardBorn to Die_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultBorn to Die_header_cell_1_0_3 Ref.Born to Die_header_cell_1_0_4
2012Born to Die_header_cell_1_1_0 GAFFA Awards (Denmark)Born to Die_cell_1_1_1 International Album of the YearBorn to Die_cell_1_1_2 WonBorn to Die_cell_1_1_3 Born to Die_cell_1_1_4
GAFFA Awards (Norway)Born to Die_cell_1_2_0 International Album of the YearBorn to Die_cell_1_2_1 WonBorn to Die_cell_1_2_2 Born to Die_cell_1_2_3
2013Born to Die_header_cell_1_3_0 Swiss Music AwardsBorn to Die_cell_1_3_1 Best Album Pop / Rock InternationalBorn to Die_cell_1_3_2 NominatedBorn to Die_cell_1_3_3 Born to Die_cell_1_3_4
Xbox Entertainment AwardsBorn to Die_cell_1_4_0 Best AlbumBorn to Die_cell_1_4_1 WonBorn to Die_cell_1_4_2 Born to Die_cell_1_4_3
2014Born to Die_header_cell_1_5_0 Billboard Music AwardsBorn to Die_cell_1_5_1 Top Rock AlbumBorn to Die_cell_1_5_2 NominatedBorn to Die_cell_1_5_3 Born to Die_cell_1_5_4

Year-end lists Born to Die_section_7

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PublicationBorn to Die_header_cell_2_0_0 ListBorn to Die_header_cell_2_0_1 RankBorn to Die_header_cell_2_0_2 Ref.Born to Die_header_cell_2_0_3
NMEBorn to Die_header_cell_2_1_0 50 Best Albums of 2012Born to Die_cell_2_1_1 45Born to Die_cell_2_1_2 Born to Die_cell_2_1_3
SlantBorn to Die_header_cell_2_2_0 25 Best Albums of 2012Born to Die_cell_2_2_1 9Born to Die_cell_2_2_2 Born to Die_cell_2_2_3
FactBorn to Die_header_cell_2_3_0 The 50 Best Albums of 2012Born to Die_cell_2_3_1 19Born to Die_cell_2_3_2 Born to Die_cell_2_3_3
The GuardianBorn to Die_header_cell_2_4_0 Best Albums of 2012Born to Die_cell_2_4_1 17Born to Die_cell_2_4_2 Born to Die_cell_2_4_3
ComplexBorn to Die_header_cell_2_5_0 The 50 Best Albums of 2012Born to Die_cell_2_5_1 4Born to Die_cell_2_5_2 Born to Die_cell_2_5_3
UncutBorn to Die_header_cell_2_6_0 Uncut's Top 75 New Albums of 2012Born to Die_cell_2_6_1 51Born to Die_cell_2_6_2 Born to Die_cell_2_6_3

Decade-end lists Born to Die_section_8

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PublicationBorn to Die_header_cell_3_0_0 ListBorn to Die_header_cell_3_0_1 RankBorn to Die_header_cell_3_0_2 Ref.Born to Die_header_cell_3_0_3
BillboardBorn to Die_cell_3_1_0 The 20 Best Albums of 2010s (So Far)Born to Die_cell_3_1_1 20Born to Die_cell_3_1_2 Born to Die_cell_3_1_3
BillboardBorn to Die_cell_3_2_0 The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010sBorn to Die_cell_3_2_1 31Born to Die_cell_3_2_2 Born to Die_cell_3_2_3
NMEBorn to Die_cell_3_3_0 NME's Greatest Albums of the Decade: The 2010sBorn to Die_cell_3_3_1 10Born to Die_cell_3_3_2 Born to Die_cell_3_3_3
UproxxBorn to Die_cell_3_4_0 All The Best Albums Of The 2010sBorn to Die_cell_3_4_1 97Born to Die_cell_3_4_2 Born to Die_cell_3_4_3
The IndependentBorn to Die_cell_3_5_0 The 50 Best Albums of the DecadeBorn to Die_cell_3_5_1 3Born to Die_cell_3_5_2 Born to Die_cell_3_5_3
NoiseyBorn to Die_cell_3_6_0 The 100 Best Albums of the 2010sBorn to Die_cell_3_6_1 18Born to Die_cell_3_6_2 Born to Die_cell_3_6_3
The GuardianBorn to Die_cell_3_7_0 The 100 Best Albums of the 21st CenturyBorn to Die_cell_3_7_1 70Born to Die_cell_3_7_2 Born to Die_cell_3_7_3
StereogumBorn to Die_cell_3_8_0 100 Best Albums of the 2010sBorn to Die_cell_3_8_1 40Born to Die_cell_3_8_2 Born to Die_cell_3_8_3

Commercial performance Born to Die_section_9

In the United Kingdom, Born to Die sold 50,000 copies on its first day of release. Born to Die_sentence_95

It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and sold 116,745 copies. Born to Die_sentence_96

By accumulating digital sales of 50,007, the album became the fifth album ever to sell upwards of 50,000 downloads in a single week. Born to Die_sentence_97

Additionally, it was the fastest selling album of 2012, becoming the first album to reach 100,000 copies sold in that year. Born to Die_sentence_98

Born to Die remained atop the chart in its second week, selling an additional 60,000 copies. Born to Die_sentence_99

As of November 2013, the album had sold over 836,000 copies in the UK. Born to Die_sentence_100

In France, the album debuted at number one on the French Albums Chart with sales of 48,791, whose 16,968 digital copies. Born to Die_sentence_101

The album remained at the top position the following week with 23,888 copies sold. Born to Die_sentence_102

As of June 2014, it has sold over 500,000 copies in France. Born to Die_sentence_103

In New Zealand, the album debuted and peaked at number two on the charts, spending forty weeks in the chart. Born to Die_sentence_104

After the conjunction of Born to Die: The Paradise Edition, the album charted at number six. Born to Die_sentence_105

"Born to Die" is the fifty-seventh best charting album of all time in New Zealand. Born to Die_sentence_106

In the United States, the album attained first-week sales of 77,000 copies, subsequently debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, behind Adele's 21, and shipped over 500,000 units in the country by January 2013, getting Gold certification. Born to Die_sentence_107

On the week ending August 31, 2013, though the album was over its 80th week on the chart, it re-entered the Top 20. Born to Die_sentence_108

As of June 2014, Born to Die has sold 1,100,000 copies in the United States, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Born to Die_sentence_109

In Italy, the album debuted at number five. Born to Die_sentence_110

The following week, it fell to number nine. Born to Die_sentence_111

In the first two weeks, the album sold 6,271 copies. Born to Die_sentence_112

As of June 2012, the album has sold 24,372 copies in Italy. Born to Die_sentence_113

After the re-release in November 2012, the album rose from 27 to 14. Born to Die_sentence_114

The album has since been certified Gold. Born to Die_sentence_115

Following an iTunes discount, the album re-entered the iTunes Top 10 and jumped from 57 to 31 on the Italian Charts on the week-ending April 28, 2013. Born to Die_sentence_116

On the week-ending June 2, 2013, the album spent its seventieth week on the chart and fell ten spots to number 46. Born to Die_sentence_117

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Born to Die was the fifth global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of 3.4 million copies. Born to Die_sentence_118

As of January 2018, Born To Die is one of only three albums released by a female artist to have spent more than 300 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, along with Adele's 21 and Carole King's Tapestry. Born to Die_sentence_119

By June 2014, the album had sold seven million copies worldwide. Born to Die_sentence_120

Legacy and controversy Born to Die_section_10

With the release of Born to Die, Del Rey became the main focus of attention of the press for her image as well as her music. Born to Die_sentence_121

Since her debut with "Video Games", Del Rey had been causing many to begin to accuse her of trying to erase her past with a different type of songs and style. Born to Die_sentence_122

Considering the album's composition and her appearance, many tabloids began to question her authenticity and claim that her success was due only to her beauty. Born to Die_sentence_123

Also, speculation arose that Del Rey was just a character created by Lizzy Grant and pop music industry, with her label trying to get a place and audience within indie music. Born to Die_sentence_124

Business Insider's Kevin Lincoln commented that Lana was manufactured by her label and used "Video Games" as a form of advertising. Born to Die_sentence_125

In defense of the singer, Jaime Gill from BBC Music wrote: "If you want an explanation for the unlikely rise of Lana Del Rey, it isn't that hard to find. Born to Die_sentence_126

Ignore accusations of cynical marketing and inauthenticity, or speculation about surgery and daddy's money – that's not important. Born to Die_sentence_127

And don't get distracted by YouTube statistics or the hyperbole, this isn't about new media. Born to Die_sentence_128

It's about something older and more mysterious than that; the extraordinary, resilient power of pop music". Born to Die_sentence_129

Sasha Frere Jones of The New Yorker came out in defense of the artist as well, writing: "The weirder strain of criticism concerns authenticity [...] Detractors cite a variety of presumed conspiracies, some involving the influence of her father, Rob Grant [...] The rumor of manipulative managers guiding her; the reality of professional songwriters working for her [...] and how Grant's top lip got so big so fast [...] Surely no equivalent male star would be subject of the same level of examination." Born to Die_sentence_130

Sharing a similar view, Ann Lee wrote in Metro: "I know it's fun to slate [Lana] but she's got a great voice – that's a fact". Born to Die_sentence_131

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine also proved to be in favor of Del Rey, declaring: "I was initially puzzled by the accusations of inauthenticity that were hurled with such vehemence and frequency at Lana Del Rey in the wake of her meteoric rise to it girl status last year [...] And I guess we're supposed to lament the fact that, unlike Amy Winehouse, she doesn't appear to have a predilection for dope or booze to back up her supposed bad-girl bona fides. Born to Die_sentence_132

But since when exactly has 'authenticity' ever been a criterion in pop music? Born to Die_sentence_133

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Born to Die was listed among publications' best-of lists of the 2010s decade, including NME (#10) and The Independent (#3). Born to Die_sentence_135

The Guardian included the album at number 70 on its 2019 list of The 100 Best Albums of the 21st Century. Born to Die_sentence_136

Richard S. He, writing for Billboard, said that Born To Die is "one of the main catalysts for pop's mid-2010s shift from brash EDM to a moodier, hip-hop-inflected palette." Born to Die_sentence_137

Billboard later included the album's title track as one of the 100 songs that defined the 2010s, adding that it influenced "a sonic shift that completely changed the pop landscape." Born to Die_sentence_138

Track listing Born to Die_section_11

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Born to Die. Born to Die_sentence_139

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Personnel Born to Die_section_12

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Born to Die. Born to Die_sentence_140

Performance credits Born to Die_section_13

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Certifications Born to Die_section_17

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RegionBorn to Die_header_cell_4_0_0 CertificationBorn to Die_header_cell_4_0_1 Certified units/salesBorn to Die_header_cell_4_0_2
Australia (ARIA)Born to Die_header_cell_4_1_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_1_1 140,000Born to Die_cell_4_1_2
Austria (IFPI Austria)Born to Die_header_cell_4_2_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_2_1 40,000Born to Die_cell_4_2_2
Belgium (BEA)Born to Die_header_cell_4_3_0 PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_3_1 30,000Born to Die_cell_4_3_2
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)Born to Die_header_cell_4_4_0 PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_4_1 40,000Born to Die_cell_4_4_2
Canada (Music Canada)Born to Die_header_cell_4_5_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_5_1 160,000Born to Die_cell_4_5_2
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)Born to Die_header_cell_4_6_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_6_1 40,000Born to Die_cell_4_6_2
France (SNEP)Born to Die_header_cell_4_7_0 DiamondBorn to Die_cell_4_7_1 500,000Born to Die_cell_4_7_2
Germany (BVMI)Born to Die_header_cell_4_8_0 4× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_8_1 800,000Born to Die_cell_4_8_2
Hungary (MAHASZ)Born to Die_header_cell_4_9_0 GoldBorn to Die_cell_4_9_1 3,000Born to Die_cell_4_9_2
Ireland (IRMA)Born to Die_header_cell_4_10_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_10_1 30,000Born to Die_cell_4_10_2
Italy (FIMI)Born to Die_header_cell_4_11_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_11_1 120,000Born to Die_cell_4_11_2
Mexico (AMPROFON)Born to Die_header_cell_4_12_0 Platinum+GoldBorn to Die_cell_4_12_1 90,000Born to Die_cell_4_12_2
New Zealand (RMNZ)Born to Die_header_cell_4_13_0 PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_13_1 15,000Born to Die_cell_4_13_2
Norway (IFPI Norway)Born to Die_header_cell_4_14_0 GoldBorn to Die_cell_4_14_1 15,000Born to Die_cell_4_14_2
Poland (ZPAV)Born to Die_header_cell_4_15_0 4× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_15_1 80,000Born to Die_cell_4_15_2
Portugal (AFP)Born to Die_header_cell_4_16_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_16_1 30,000Born to Die_cell_4_16_2
Russia (NFPF)Born to Die_header_cell_4_17_0 PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_17_1 10,000Born to Die_cell_4_17_2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)Born to Die_header_cell_4_18_0 PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_18_1 40,000Born to Die_cell_4_18_2
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)Born to Die_header_cell_4_19_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_19_1 60,000Born to Die_cell_4_19_2
United Kingdom (BPI)Born to Die_header_cell_4_20_0 4× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_20_1 1,200,000Born to Die_cell_4_20_2
United States (RIAA)Born to Die_header_cell_4_21_0 PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_21_1 1,000,000Born to Die_cell_4_21_2
SummariesBorn to Die_header_cell_4_22_0
Europe (IFPI)Born to Die_header_cell_4_23_0 2× PlatinumBorn to Die_cell_4_23_1 2,000,000Born to Die_cell_4_23_2
WorldwideBorn to Die_header_cell_4_24_0 Born to Die_cell_4_24_1 12,000,000Born to Die_cell_4_24_2
sales figures based on certification alone

shipments figures based on certification alone sales+streaming figures based on certification aloneBorn to Die_cell_4_25_0

Release history Born to Die_section_18

Born to Die_table_general_5

RegionBorn to Die_header_cell_5_0_0 DateBorn to Die_header_cell_5_0_1 FormatBorn to Die_header_cell_5_0_2 EditionBorn to Die_header_cell_5_0_3 LabelBorn to Die_header_cell_5_0_4 Ref.Born to Die_header_cell_5_0_5
GermanyBorn to Die_header_cell_5_1_0 January 27, 2012Born to Die_cell_5_1_1 Born to Die_cell_5_1_2 Born to Die_cell_5_1_3 Universal MusicBorn to Die_cell_5_1_4 Born to Die_cell_5_1_5
IrelandBorn to Die_header_cell_5_2_0 PolydorBorn to Die_cell_5_2_1 Born to Die_cell_5_2_2
FranceBorn to Die_header_cell_5_3_0 January 30, 2012Born to Die_cell_5_3_1 Born to Die_cell_5_3_2 Universal MusicBorn to Die_cell_5_3_3 Born to Die_cell_5_3_4
United KingdomBorn to Die_header_cell_5_4_0 Born to Die_cell_5_4_1 PolydorBorn to Die_cell_5_4_2 Born to Die_cell_5_4_3
United StatesBorn to Die_header_cell_5_5_0 January 31, 2012Born to Die_cell_5_5_1 Born to Die_cell_5_5_2 Born to Die_cell_5_5_3 Born to Die_cell_5_5_4
AustraliaBorn to Die_header_cell_5_6_0 February 3, 2012Born to Die_cell_5_6_1 CDBorn to Die_cell_5_6_2 Universal MusicBorn to Die_cell_5_6_3 Born to Die_cell_5_6_4
JapanBorn to Die_header_cell_5_7_0 February 8, 2012Born to Die_cell_5_7_1 Born to Die_cell_5_7_2 Born to Die_cell_5_7_3
United StatesBorn to Die_header_cell_5_8_0 February 21, 2012Born to Die_cell_5_8_1 LPBorn to Die_cell_5_8_2 Born to Die_cell_5_8_3 Born to Die_cell_5_8_4


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