Lana Del Rey Defends Her Comments on Fellow Female Singers, ‘Racist’ Backlash

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Lana Del Rey attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

After facing heavy criticism on thoughts she expressed via Instagram earlier on Thursday (May 21), Lana Del Rey is defending herself.

In her original post, the singer called out fellow female stars Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who «have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f—ing, cheating, etc.» She then asked if she can continue singing about her own dark past «without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

«To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things,» she wrote in the comments section of her post. «I f—ing love these singers and know them. that is why I mention them.»

«I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgement of hysteria,» she clarified.

Del Rey continued to defend herself via Instagram story, writing, “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f—ing people.”

She added: “And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post—there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls—.”

The «Blue Jeans» singer continued to slam critics who thought she was calling out minority artists specifically. «By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying.»

She concluded by writing, «When I said people who look like me—I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.»

Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, the followup to 2019’s Norman F—ing Rockwell, will be out Sept. 5.

Lana Del Rey Rocks Out With Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino on ‘When I’m With You’ Live: Watch

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Lana Del Rey may have been the headliner in Chicago on Friday night (Nov. 8), but she eagerly shared the stage with a very special guest for one lovely indie rock interlude.

Before her Norman F–king Rockwell tour stop at Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Del Rey announced that Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast would be joining her to sing a song or two at the show. Del Rey handed off the lead mic to Cosentino to sing through «When I’m With You» off Best Coast’s 2010 album Crazy For You, and she later took in the performance as a fan herself when Cosentino wowed the crowd with the her 2012 ballad «Up All Night.»

Opener Lucy Dacus came out for a belated encore during Del Rey’s set as well, and sang and strummed «Night Shift» as Del Rey swayed beside her, smitten.

After the show, Cosentino shared videos of the moment, along with some backstage snaps of her and a beaming Del Rey and Dacus, on Instagram.

Watch Cosentino and Del Rey sing «When I’m With You» together below.

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Lana Del Rey Shares Snippet of ‘Norman F—ing Rockwell’ Video: Watch

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Lana Del Rey finally unleashed her highly anticipated Norman Fucking Rockwell album yesterday, and on Saturday evening (Aug. 31) she gave us our first taste of a music video for its title track.

The singer shared a snippet of the «Norman Fucking Rockwell» video to her Instagram, captioning it simply «Norman fucking Rockwell. Jack Antonoff. Video chuck grant.» The clip features her seated at a piano performing the song before donning a pair of sunglasses and stepping outside.

No word yet on when fans can expect the full video to be released, but for now, check out the snippet below.

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Beyonce, Lana Del Rey Contribute Songs To Andrew Lloyd Webber LP

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In the strangest news of the week, Beyonce and Lana Del Rey have new songs on Andrew Lloyd Webber’snew album. Unmasked: The Platinum Collection is being released on March 16 to celebrate the king of musicals’ 70th birthday. It features songs from all of his best-known productions including Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatCats and The Phantom Of The Opera as well as a handful of new material and previously unreleased collectibles.

Beyonce’s “Learn To Be Lonely” falls into the latter category. Queen Bey performed the power ballad at the 2005 Academy Awards, but never got around to releasing it. In fact, Unmasked will be your first chance to own it. Just as exciting is Lana Del Rey’s version of “You Must Love Me,” which Madonna performed in Evita. “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream,” Lana says of the surprise addition to her discography. Pre-order your copy here and check out the songs below.

Beyonce & ALW’s “Learn To Be Lonely”:

Madonna’s version of “You Must Love Me”:

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Love In The (New) Nuclear Age In Lana Del Rey’s “White Mustang” Video

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“White Mustang” is perhaps the quintessentially Lana Del Rey cut on Lust For Life. A moody anthem about a groupie falling in and out of love with a musician, the song explores some of the hitmaker’s favorite themes (obsession, fame and despair) through a very modern lens. The same can be said of the video, which dropped this morning. The striking visual, which documents LDR’s affair with a long-haired lover, begins with shadowy embrace in a Hollywood Hills mansion, before taking to the streets of Los Angeles.

We then see how they came together — all it took was a cheeky kiss — and moments from their courtship. The video turns on its head, however, when a nuclear warhead explodes overhead. It’s certainly an issue that weighs heavily on Lana’s mind. “I know that we’re living in a New Age with new nuclear abilities,” she tweeted last week. “I hope each country can find a way to communicate before things escalate.” Leave it to the “Love” diva to tackle a serious world issue in the most artistic and depressingly romantic way possible. Watch up top.

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Lana Del Rey Lands Second #1 Album With «Lust For Life»

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Lana Del Rey just edged out Tyler, The Creator in an unusually tight race for number one on the Billboard 200. Lust For Life snatched the top spot by selling 108,000 equivalent album units (physical copies and streams), while the rapper’s controversial Flower Boy was tantalizingly close with 106,000. To make the situation even more interesting, Meek Mill was also in the mix. His Wins & Losses LP conjured up a very respectable 86,000 units. The most impressive thing about this is that none of the three landed a radio hit. They just have huge core followings.

Lust For Life now ranks as Lana’s second number one LP after 2014’s brilliant Ultraviolence. Her other two albums, Born To Die and Honeymoon, peaked at number two. That’s quite a track record! It’s been an unusually strong year for female artists on the Billboard 200 with Katy PerryLorde and Halsey reaching the top spot. Witnessholds the title as the year’s highest-selling female album (just ahead of Beyonce’s 2016 opus Lemonade), but Lana might give that nudge before the end of the summer.

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Lana Del Rey Covers «V» Magazine

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Christmas came early for Lana Del Rey fans this morning (June 27) when the sad chanteuse’s V magazine cover story arrived. Photographed by Steven Klein, the pictures are quintessentially LDR in their ability to evoke old money and faded glamor. With huge hair and a riding crop in tow, she poses next to a race horse and vintage car while pink cherry blossoms glow in the background. And once you pour over the gorgeous pictures, there’s an interview between Lana and “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems” collaborator Stevie Nicks waiting for you!

 

The Fleetwood Mac legend missed her calling as a journalist. She brings up the fact that Lana has gone from being Born To Die to having a Lust For Life in the space of four albums. “Yeah, they’re complete opposites, and it’s funny because when I chose the title, I didn’t think about it right away,” the “Love” diva admits. “It was the title of the first song I wrote for this record. But there are so many things that have gotten me to the point that I’m at now. One of them is just time.”

“I just wanted to chronicle how I was feeling honestly, in the moment, for each record. So, I had a lot of stories that I wanted to tell that I hadn’t told yet up until this point. And now, through the last four records, I got out a lot of those stories and a lot of those feelings, and for the first time, I’ve caught myself up to real time. And now, I’m at this place where I feel like I’m really present, and when I’m reading the news, I’m really reading it, whereas before I was a little bit in my own head.”

Lana was then asked to pick a favorite song on the album and settled on something surprising. “I think one of my favorite tracks on the record is called ‘Yosemite,’” she reveals. “The chorus is [begins to sing] ‘We did it for fun, we did it for free, I did it for you, you did it for me, we did it for the right reasons.’” But that’s not all. V magazine also shared an exclusive snippet of “Cherry” (below), which feels like something of a throwback to Ultraviolence in its raw beauty.

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Lana Del Rey Announces Release Date for «Lust For Life» Album

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Lana Del Rey has announced the release date for Lust for Life. “July 21 fam,” she said on Twitter, only adding “No prob baby” to a fan who said “thanks mom.” Since then, though, a rep for Lana has confirmed the July 21 drop date with The FADER.

It’s hard to imagine waiting that much longer for Lana’s new album, given that her current era began in February. That is when she released “Love” — a surprisingly uplifting song, considering how she is perhaps best known for wallowing. But to be fair, Lana has been pretty generous ever since. She announced Lust for Life in March with a retro, sci-fi inspired trailer, taking place inside the “H” of the Hollywood sign. She also released the title track, featuring The Weeknd, and debuted the unreleased “Cherry” at KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta.

Lana has also shared plenty on what to expect. Most recently, she revealed the title of her Stevie Nicks collaboration, the too-good-to-be-true “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.” You can thank producer Rick Nowels for hooking Lana up with the rock legend.

“I kind of thought I had finished the record a couple of times and then, one of those times, I really just felt like I wanted a woman on the record,” Lana said to KROQ. “We both kind of could only come up with Stevie. Funny enough, [Rick] went to high school with her and he wrote his first hit with her.”

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Watch Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd’s New “Lust for Life” Video

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They dance on top of the “H” of the Hollywood sign

Lana Del Rey has shared the new music video for her song “Lust for Life,” the title track from her upcoming new album that features the Weeknd. The video begins with Lana performing in a TV studio. She then breaks away to dance with the Weeknd on top of the “H” of the Hollywood sign (like the lyrics say). At the end, she slides off the Hollywood “D” and lands in a field. Watch it below. The singer-songwriter previously teased the video with a clip that was captioned, “If it ain’t xo then it gotta go.” Lust for Life still does not have an official release date; in addition to the title track, Lana has shared “Love” and its video, and confirmed tracks with Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon.Read our new interview with the director of Lana’s Lust for Life trailer.

Lana Del Rey & The Weeknd’s Majestic “Lust For Life” Arrives

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The title track of Lana Del Rey’s upcoming 4th LP, Lust For Life, premiered today as MistaJam’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1 and it’s breathtakingly ambitious. A duet with The Weeknd, the grandiose anthem is a throwback to the wall of sound production of the ’60s mixed with the lush, beautiful harmonies associated with acts like The Shangri-Las. Impressively, the dream-pop goddess doesn’t get lost in the mix. This is epic on every level, but lyrically, it’s quintessentially LDR.

“They say only the good die young, that just ain’t right cause we’re having too much fun,” The Weeknd sings on the gorgeous chorus, “Too much fun tonight.” That’s when Lana chimes in, “And a lust for life keeps us alive, keeps us alive.” Lana opened up about soaring track in her Q&A with Courtney Love for Dazed magazine, revealing that she consulted Max Martin for advice on the song. “I felt like it was a big song but… it wasn’t right.” So she flew to Sweden to play it for pop’s human hit-machine.

“He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus,” Lana confided. “So I went back to [producer] Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear [The Weeknd] sing the chorus… but then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies.”

Apart from introducing her new song, Lana also gave BBC Radio 1 listeners a couple of tidbits about the album. Namely, that there’s an acoustic track called “Yosemite,” which she recorded in one take. She also named Sean Lennon collaboration, “Tomorrow Never Came,” as one of her top 3 favorite songs on Lust For Life. Listen to the title track below.

 

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