Ahead of her album release...
Holly Frith

08:52 5th January 2012

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Lana Del Rey has signed a modelling deal with the Next Model Management agency, ahead of the release of her debut album.


The singer has landed a contract with the agency whose previous contracts include Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Alexa Chung, reports Elleuk.com.

Speaking to Q magazine, record label boss Unger-Hamilton denied claims that the singer is manufactured: "Lana knows what she wants like few artists I've ever met.

Her forthcoming debut album 'Born To Die', is set for release January 30 in the UK and June 31 in the US.

Lana Del Rey recently unveiled the video for her latest single 'Born To Die'.

The video, which features two tigers, sees the singer standing topless in the arms of a tattooed model with the American flag as a backdrop.

Gigwise Ones To Watch In 2012


  • Azealia Banks - The 20-year-old rapper from New York caused quite a stir towards the end of 2011, topping numerous polls. Azealia Banks has already collaborated with Diplo and Switch on EP 'Lazers Never Die' in 2010. For a lady who accidentally fell into music, don't expect her to go away any time soon.


  • Dog Is Dead - The Nottingham five-piece, who describe their music as 'indie-pop in the disco', certainly know their way around a good tune. Already compared to some of the finest UK bands around; including the Mystery Jets and Mumford & Sons, their debut is set to be a huge indie hit this year.


  • Frank Ocean - The LA singer has already hooked-up with the likes of the Odd Future collective, Jay-Z and Kanye West before releasing his own album. His track 'Novacane' was one of the highlights of 2010.


  • Delilah - The London singer toured with Chase & Status last year, the lads certainly know a good thing when they see it. Expect to hear a lot from this lady as her unique blend of classy dubstep soul and retro-chillout hits the airwaves.


  • Lana Del Rey - Lana Del Rey may have already made a huge name for herself after releasing one of the biggest singles of the year, in the form of her debut effort 'Video Games'. Many singer's have come and gone after a one-hit wonder but we can tell you her debut album 'Born To Die' is a cracker.


  • Emeli Sande - Emeli Sande has already won the Brits Critics Choice award ahead of 2012. With former winners including Jessie J, Florence Welch and Adele...we reckon the same major chart success is ahead for Sande.


  • Michael Kiwanuka - With comparisons already made to Bill Withers, Van Morrison and the Temptations the London singer has a steep pillar set. Praised after touring with Adele, Michael Kiwanuka's unique voice had us all captured.


  • Modestep - The dubstep/electronic rock band formed in 2010 and have since graced the stage at last year's Wireless festival. With a heavy dubstep influence taking centre stage in 2011, we have our money on Modestep.


  • Ren Harvieu - Ren Harvieu brings the sound of Dusty Springfield in Memphis to her hometown of Salford. With the music industry filled with the huge voices such as Adele and the late sounds of Amy Winehouse,Ren certainly gives them a run for their money.


  • Skrillex - US DJ and producer Skrillex has topped nearly every new music list this year and it's for a good reason. As the man himself says: ''I can play a nightclub or I can play a concert or I can play a festival.'' The 21st-Century punk has a whole load of people very excited.


  • Spector - Already branded London's answer to The Strokes, the band have already been well received on mainstream radio and at numerous festival slots over the summer. With their debut album set for release in 2012, these new romantics are set for some major exposure.


  • We Are Augustines - Brooklyn trio We Are Augustines have built up a gradual name for themselves after flying back and forth to the UK throughout 2010. Their single 'Book Of James' has that American growl vocal that you just can't shake off. Look out for their debut 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships ' later this year.


  • Charli XCX - Causing a stir online with single 'Stay Away', Charli XCX joins our list of ladies who are set to raise the game in 2012. Follow-up single 'Nuclear Seasons' is set for huge radio play.


  • Clement Marfo and the Frontline - Bringing together elements of hip-hop, grime, rock and roll along with live guitar chords and keyboards; Clement Marfo and the Frontline are a vibrant fusion that put on one hell of a live show. Be sure to check them out before word gets out.


  • To Kill A King - Soulful vocals and enduring folk melodies, To Kill A King are set to be a huge hit with fans of Mumford & Sons and Frightened Rabbit.

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