LANA DEL REY
By Jack Barnes
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, will present acclaimed musician Lana Del Rey with its ASCAP Global Impact Award at the 35th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Monday, April 23rd in Los Angeles. The same evening, ASCAP will also recognize Grammy-winning rock band Portugal. The Man with the ASCAP Vanguard Award. Legendary hitmaker and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child was previously announced as the night’s ASCAP Founders Award winner.
Lana Del Rey is a multiplatinum, chart-topping, singer, songwriter and paradigm-shifting visionary. The three-time Grammy-nominated, record-shattering artist has achieved both commercial and critical success. Four of Del Rey’s albums have ascended into the top 2 of the Billboard 200 charts, and she has reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts 11 times, including her top 10 hit, “Summertime Sadness.” She rounds out her glamorous repertoire with highly notable musical contributions to film, including the sweeping “Young & Beautiful” for 2013’s The Great Gatsby, and the Golden Globe nominated “Big Eyes” for the 2014 film Big Eyes. Del Rey’s latest full release, Lust for Life, debuted atop the Billboard 200 last summer, and her debut album Born to Die spent its 300th week on the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year, becoming one of only three female-led albums to achieve this feat in the chart’s history.
In the midst of the continued success of their multi-platinum single “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man is a chart-topping indie rock group that has built an impressive catalog of eight albums in just ten years. “Feel It Still” catapulted the group into the mainstream—aside from garnering 600 million streams and a top 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the track shattered records on the Alternative Songs chart, commanding the #1 position for 22 weeks, the most weeks to date. The band’s latest single “Live In the Moment” is currently #1 at Alternative Radio.
ASCAP President Paul Williams commented: “Although Lana Del Rey is the recipient of the ASCAP Global Impact Award this year, her sparkling soundscapes and crisp storytelling are anything but of this world. Lana’s art allows us to step into a technicolor dream, where endless
possibility is the only rule. Lana casts an ethereal glow across all she touches, leaving us all excited for whatever spellbinding path she ventures on next.”
Williams continued: “Portugal. The Man have transformed their electrically charged psychedelic rock into a platform for their earnest take on the state of the world. They have honed a sound that has achieved massive success without compromise, and it is our honor to bestow them with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes their unique ability to keep pushing music forward.”
The ASCAP Global Impact Award recognizes the enduring worldwide popularity of ASCAP members and their music. The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of outstanding ASCAP members who are shaping the future of American music. In receiving the award, Portugal. The Man will join a select group of American music’s forward thinkers, including Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Diplo, fun., Jack Johnson, Kate Nash, The Killers, Meghan Trainor, Modest Mouse, Nine Inch Nails, Sara Bareilles, The Strokes and Walk the Moon.
The invite-only ASCAP Pop Music Awards, which celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed pop songs of 2017, will feature exclusive performances in addition to other notable VIP guests.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey is a three-time Grammy nominated American singer/songwriter. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, glamour and melancholia and its references to 1950s and 1960s Americana. Her debut album, Born To Die, was released in January 2012 and charted at #1 on the official UK Album Chart, peaked at #2 on the US charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. Her extended play Paradise followed, garnering Del Rey’s first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Ultraviolence (2014), her third studio album, became her first to reach #1 in the US. In 2015, she released her fourth studio album, Honeymoon. Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust For Life, was released on July 21st and debuted atop the Billboard 200 last summer. The album, which featured guest appearances by A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, Sean Lennon, and Playboi Carti, received critical acclaim and became her second to reach #1 in the US while also reaching the top ten in almost every other country it charted in. Lana is currently on a worldwide tour, FROM LA TO THE MOON, in support of the record. Born to Die recently spent its 300th week on the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year, becoming one of only three female-led albums to achieve this feat in the chart’s history.
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