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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Emile Haynie
Dan Heath
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Released April 8, 2012
Length 3:30
2:14 (Demo)
From Btdogo
Singles "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Digital single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
"Video Games"
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"Blue Jeans" is a song written by Lana Del Rey, Emile Haynie, and Dan Heath and produced by Haynie in 2011. Taken from Del Rey's first major-label album Born to Die, the song served as the album's third single worldwide. It was officially released as a single on April 8, 2012.

Background

The song was written by Del Rey, Haynie, and Heath in the same sessions as "Video Games" and was originally released with the song as a B-side before being released as an A-side as the third single from Born to Die. Lyrically, it tells a story similar to the narrative in "Westbound", a song from Del Rey's unreleased acoustic first album Sirens.

Composition

Musically, "Blue Jeans" is an down-tempo pop-ballad song with an alternative hip-hop beat and highly orchestrated instrumentation. It is composed in the key of F Minor with Del Rey's vocals ranging from F3 to F5. According to Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian, the composition of the song is "powerfully atmospheric". The song focuses on use of the repeated chorus, which highlights a fragility in Del Rey's voice, and the polarizing hip-hop influenced beat which contrasts the lyrical and vocal content. The song contains heavy use of the male background vocal also used in songs such as "Born to Die", and includes coo-like background vocals from Del Rey herself. The instrumental is primarily composed of simple string instruments, guitar, and percussion. The combination of hip-hop and chamber pop featured in the song has become a continuous theme in Del Rey's music.

Critical reception

Slant Magazine said that Del Rey "uses her impressive range to dazzling effect on, "Blue Jeans", comparing her delinquent lover to both cancer and her favorite sweater in what seems like one swooning breath".[1] NME said that "Blue Jeans' lush Chris Isaakshades shimmer like sea-spume on Helena Christensen’s naked thighs as Del Rey longs for her James Dean".[2] Sputnikmusic stated that it's reminiscent of the music in Quentin Tarantino's films and named it one of the best song on the album.[3] Beats Per Minute said that “Blue Jeans would probably be described by Del Rey as “gangsta spaghetti western,” but, aside from its most basic of forced rhymes (“‘Cause I’mma ride or die / Whether you fail or fly / Well shit at least you tried”), it is still a clever spin on genre, sounding unique, even inspired".[4] DOA magazine said that "The lyrics-centric story-telling “Blue Jeans” slows it down a bit with a deliberate, but swinging beat as Lana delves into a relationship where the guy is a “Big dreams / gangsta…” and the girl wants him to stop living that lifestyle. Midway into the song the pace speeds up and Lana crams in a lot of lyrics, keeping the rhymes tight and the emotions high, until it dissipates into a dreamy chorus with Lana proclaiming “I will love you till the end of time".[5] No Ripcord said that "Just like in the dark ballad Blue Jeans, Del Rey sounds more comfortable when she tries to perform as a tough songstress".[6] Music OMH said that "Video Games and Blue Jeans, despite suffering Adele style levels of ubiquity in recent months, still sound achingly beautiful, both of them sounding like the saddest love songs ever written".[7] Consequence of Sound said that “Blue Jeans and “Video Games” inextricably link Del Rey’s flaxen locks with starry-eyed classical instruments, providing the aural and visual irresistibility of a good montage".[8]

Commercial performance

Chart (2011–12) Peak

position

Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 6
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 4
Brazil Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard)[11] 94
Brazil Hot Pop Songs (Billboard)[12] 60
Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart)[13] 51
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 35
France (SNEP)[15] 16
Greece Digital Singles (Billboard)[16] 8
Israel (Media Forest)[17] 10
Italy (FIMI)[18] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 32
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[21] 41

Use in popular culture

  • The song was used in an episode of the CW show, Ringer, "It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash Is Involved". It is often highlighted as a proponent to the launch of Lana's career.
  • The instrumental version of the song is used in both a Nespresso commercial and a University of Phoenix commercial.

Cross-references

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Gold 40,000^
Italy (FIMI)[23] Gold 15,000
  • sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone

Official versions

  • Album version 3:30
  • Video Games/Blue Jeans single version 3:31
  • Remastered version 3:34
  • Radio edit 3:52
  • Demo version 2:14
  • Original video version 3:58
  • Second video version with string introduction 4:21

Remixes

  • Alpines Remix 4:04
  • Blood Orange Remix 3:31
  • Club Clique 'Nothing Is Real' Remix 4:11
  • D/R/U/G/S Remix 4:29
  • Gesaffelstein Remix 4:35
  • Kris Menace Remix 6:41
  • Maribou State Remix 5:20
  • MK Dark Blue Dub 6:17
  • Moonlight Matters Remix 6:22
  • Odd Future's the Internet Mix 4:00
  • Omid 16B Remix 6:32
  • Omid 16B Dub 4:15
  • Omid 16B Club Mix 7:56
  • Omid 16B Club Reprise 4:13
  • Penguin Prison Remix 5:37
  • RAC Mix 3:38
  • Smims & Belle Remix (feat. Azealia Banks) 3:01

Commercial release

Blue Jeans was originally released as the B-side on Lana's first single ,"Video Games". Please look at its article for the releases it was included on.

Physical releases

United Kingdom (BLUEJ02) (Promotional)

BJ promo Label: Polydor
Format: CD in slimcase
Released: March, 2012
Barcode: None
Photogaphy: N/A
Design: Unknown

United Kingdom (Promotional)

BJ single Label: Polydor
Format: Promotional
Released: April 8, 2012
Barcode: None
Photogaphy: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown

United Kingdom (3700310)

BJ 12-2 Label: Polydor
Format: 7" picture disc vinyl in plastic sleeve
Released: April 9, 2012
Barcode: 602537003105
Photogaphy: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown

France (371 080-6)

BJ itunes Label: Interscope, Polydor
Format: CD in cardsleeve
Released: July 23, 2012
Barcode: 602537108060
Photogaphy: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown    

BJFR

France (371 080-7)

BJ 12 Label: Polydor
Format: 12" picture disc vinyl in plastic sleeve
Released: Unknown, 2012
Barcode: 602537108077
Photogaphy: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown    

BJ12IN

Side A
Side B (33RPM)

Digital releases

Worldwide (Promotional)

BJ KM Label: RAC Records
Format: BeatPort digital single
Released: May 23, 2012
Barcode: N/A
Photogaphy: N/A
Design: Unknown

Worldwide (Promotional)

BJ RAC Label: RAC Records
Format: BeatPort digital single
Released: May 29, 2012
Barcode: N/A
Photogaphy: N/A
Design: Unknown

United Kingdom (Promotional)

BJ single Label: Polydor
Format: BeatPort digital single
Released: July 3, 2012
Barcode: N/A
Photogaphy: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown

Worldwide (Promotional)

VG Omid Label: Alola Records
Format: BeatPort digital single
Released: December 24, 2012
Barcode: N/A
Photogaphy: N/A
Design: Unknown

Music video(s)

Original music video(s)

Music video Information
LANA DEL REY-BLUE JEANS03:59

LANA DEL REY-BLUE JEANS

Released September 9, 2011
Length 3:58
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer Unknown
Filmed July 22, 2011
Location Miami, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Francisco, California
VEVO views
Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans 103:56

Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans 1

Released
Length 3:55
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer Unknown
Filmed July 22, 2011
Location Miami, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Francisco, California
VEVO views

Background

The song was released as a double-A side with "Video Games", which had received a video treatment with Lana's previous style of combining webcam clips and older film bits. Stranger Records, who released the single, also asked Lana to film a video for Blue Jeans in a similar fashion.

Description

Lana shot this version of "Blue Jeans" on July 22, 2011 in concurrence with the various Born to Die promotional photoshoots and album photoshoot done with Nicole Nodland. The clips of Lana were shot in Miami, Florida. The clips used show places such as Las Vegas, Nevada and San Francisco, California. The video was posted September 9, 2011. The video contains various shots of Lana in multiple outfits, interlaced with her traditional film noir clips. The second version is similar to the first one but with extremely few changes, almost unnoticeable. Also, it is slightly shorter.

Scene #1

The video begins with a clip of Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading The Lord's Prayer from the film The Last Waltz. It primarily contains various shots of Lana in a white sweater, primarily in black & white. It also shows her in highly desaturated shots sitting in a truck. Very small clips taken from her older videos shot for Lana Del Ray are shown, as well as short clips of her behind-the-scenes of the photoshoots with both photographers Michael Hemy and Heinz Peter Knes. Clips of various locations and people such as Las Vegas strip, rapper Tupac Shakur, and skateboarders are interlaced in between the various shots of Lana.

Scene #2

Relatively late into the song, the video of Lana focuses on the part of her photoshoot with Nicole Nodland that would later be used as the album cover for Born to Die. The video ends with the song fading into The Sword of Truth, a song by Justin Bianco, and clips of Super-8 camera shots of San Francisco, California.

Behind the scenes

Official music video

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans04:21

Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans

Released March 19, 2012
Length 4:21
4:16 (leaked version)
Director Yoann Lemoine
Producer Oualid Mouaness
Filmed March 2, 2012
Location Los Angeles, California
VEVO views 178+ Million Views
Music video Information
Blue Jeans 2 (leaked version)04:16

Blue Jeans 2 (leaked version)

Released
Length 4:16
Director Yoann Lemoine
Producer
Filmed March 2, 2012
Location Los Angeles, California
VEVO views N/A

Background

Upon official release of Blue Jeans as a single, Interscope commissioned Yoann Lemoine, who had previously directed the video for "Born to Die" to shoot a new video for the song. A second version of the video that is slightly shorter and has less special effects surfaced online.

Description

The video completes the "K" trilogy, starting with "Video Games" and "Born to Die". The video was shot in black & white, and remains the only video of Lana's to be so. The video was shot in March, 2012. It was leaked 3 days before it was officially released, slightly edited, on March 16, 2012. The official version premiered on March 19, 2012.

Scene #1 (Reflection)

The video begins with an orchestral opening of Blue Jeans featuring violins. Lana is shown blurred on a black water reflection, and she herself ripples as the camera slowly zooms in.

Scene #2 (Poolside)

The video cuts to black for a second before the actual song begins. Bradley Soileau is shown smoking by a pool, next to a 50's-style home and palm trees. Lana is shown on the ground, and wakes up with the beginning of her singing. She is then shown to be inside the home, looking out upon Bradley. The camera alternates between up-close shots of her and Bradley removing his clothing. During the chorus, the video cuts back to showing her laying poolside singing, while Bradley caresses her and puts his index and middle finger into her mouth. He begins to splash water from the pool onto himself and dives into the pool while Lana remains poolside.

Scene #3 (Entering)

With the beginning of the second verse, a slightly submerged shot shows Lana entering the pool. Short shots of Bradley and an albino crocodile are shown while she submerges with a hesitant look.

Scene #4 (Submerged)

Once underwater, the second chorus begins. Various shots, including Lana gracefully swimming underwater with the crocodile near her and close-up shots of her singing while water ripples over her are shown. Lana and Bradley swim to each other and embrace, before kissing.

Scene #5 (Crocodiles)

With the beginning of the bridge, the shot of Lana swimming underwater includes many more crocodiles. Soon, shots of Bradley and a crocodile rapidly switch, indicating that they are the same entity. Eventually, Lana embraces only the crocodile. Shots of Lana rippling against the black pool background, Bradley, Lana singing underwater, and Lana swimming with the crocodiles begin to rapidly change before Bradley pushes Lana underwater.

Scene #6 (Embrace)

After coming up for air, Bradley is shown holding Lana in an embrace while the two slowly twirl in the water. In the end, Bradley holds Lana by the throat while the two begin to sink. The video ends with the music slowed down and them completely submerged.

Behind the scenes

Photoshoot by Nicole Nodland (March 2, 2012)

  • Camera - EOS 5D Mark II
  • Camera manufacturer - Canon
  • Stylist - Unknown

Lyrics

Album version

Blue jeans, white shirt,
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn.
It was like James Dean, for sure,
You so fresh to death and sick as ca-cancer.
You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop.
But you fit me better than my favourite sweater, and I know,
That love is mean, and love hurts,
But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby!

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you'll remember that you're mine,
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more,
Than those bitches before.
Say you'll remember, (oh baby) say you'll remember, (oh baby hoo)
I will love you till the end of time.

Big dreams, gangster,
Said you had to leave to start your life over.
I was like, "No please, stay here,
We don't need no money, we can make it all work."
But he headed out on Sunday, said he'd come home Monday.
I stayed up waitin', anticipatin' and pacin' but he was,
Chasing (oh oh), paper (oh oh)
"Caught up in the game" it was the last I heard.

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you'll remember that you're mine,
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more,
Than those bitches before.
Say you'll remember, (oh baby) say you'll remember, (oh baby hoo)
I will love you till the end of time.

You went out every night,
And baby that's alright.
I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side.
Cause I'ma ride or die,
Whether you fail or fly,
Well shit, at least you tried.
But when you walked out that door, a piece of me died.
Told you I wanted more, that's not what I had in mind.
I just want it like before, we were dancin' all night.
Then they took you away, stole you out of my life.
You just need to remember...

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you'll remember that you're mine,
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more,
Than those bitches before.
Say you'll remember, (oh baby) say you'll remember, (oh baby hoo)
I will love you till the end of time.

Demo version

Blue jeans, white shirt,
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes hurt.
It was like James Dean, for sure,
So-so fresh to death and sick as ca-cancer.
You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop.
But you fit me better than my favorite sweater, and I know,
That love's mean (uh-oh), and love hurts, (uh-oh!)
But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby!

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you'll remember that you're mine,
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more, than them tricks before.
Say you'll remember, (oh baby) say you'll remember, (oh baby hoo)
I will love you till the end of time.

Big dreams, gangster,
Said you had to leave to start your life over.
I was like, "No please, stay here,
We don't need no money, we can make it all work."
Headed out on Sunday, said he'd come home Monday.
I stayed up waitin', anticipatin' and pacin' but he was,
Chasing paper, "Got caught up in the game" it was the last I heard.

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you'll remember that you're mine,
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more, than them tricks before.
Say you'll remember, oh baby, say you'll remember, oh baby hoo-o!
I will love you till the end of time.

Credits

Personnel

  • Keyboards — Emile Haynie
  • Guitar — Emile Haynie
  • Drums — Emile Haynie
  • Strings arrangment and conducting — Dan Heath
  • Mixing — Dan grech Marguerat for 365 Artists
  • Assistant mixing — Duncan Fuller

References

  1. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/lana-del-rey-born-to-die/2720
  2. http://www.nme.com/reviews/lana-del-rey/12692
  3. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/47721/Lana-Del-Rey-Born-to-Die/
  4. http://beatsperminute.com/reviews/album-review-lana-del-rey-born-to-die/
  5. http://www.adequacy.net/2012/02/lana-del-rey-born-to-die/
  6. http://www.noripcord.com/reviews/music/lana-del-rey/born-die
  7. http://www.musicomh.com/albums/lana-del-rey_0112.htm
  8. http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/01/album-review-lana-del-rey-born-to-die/
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  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_Brasil
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_Brasil
  13. http://hrt.hr/fileadmin/video/ARC100_26032012.xls
  14. http://www.danishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Blue+Jeans&cat=s
  15. http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Blue+Jeans&cat=s
  16. http://www.billboard.com/biz/charts/2012-12-22/greece
  17. http://www.mediaforest.biz/WeeklyCharts/HistoryWeeklyCharts.aspx?year=2012&week=16
  18. http://www.fimi.it/classifiche#{%22id%22:1024,%22s%22:%223%22}
  19. http://www.swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Blue+Jeans&cat=s
  20. http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/2012-05-12/
  21. http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/lana+del+rey/chart?f=902
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  23. http://www.fimi.it/certificazioni/


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