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Lana Del Rey to Re-Release First Album

Debut as Lizzie Grant may reappear in summer

January 27, 2012 2:05 PM ET
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey performs during the Mulberry SS12 Dinner at Chateau Marmont.
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Lana Del Rey has announced plans to re-release her first album, recorded under her birth name, Lizzie Grant.

Yesterday, the controversial torch-pop singer told the BBC that she has bought the rights to her 2010 record, Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant, which was released on the independent label Five Points Records but shelved two months after its debut on iTunes.

"I had signed to an independent label but they couldn't fund the release of it," said Del Rey. "People act like it's so shrouded in mystery, the 'forgotten terrible album.' But if you look on YouTube, all 13 tracks are available with millions of views, so it's not like no one's heard them. We were all proud of it. It's pretty good."

Del Rey is eyeing late summer for the album's re-release. Of her current infamy, she told the BBC that she feels the public's reception to her image and music has been unfair. "My publicists, in their long career, say they have never seen someone be more fictionalized," she griped.

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