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In December 2015, three months after the release of her third major-label studio album Honeymoon, Del Rey opened up about writing her next record in an interview with NME magazine, saying "I do have early thoughts about what I’d like to do with [the next album]. My label, Interscope, is pretty flexible and open to my records coming out at any time, so I don’t have that pressure. I’m just happy to be able to keep on making music I can stand behind. That’s enough for me."
In January 2017, the song "Love" was registered under the title "Young In Love" to the Harry Fox Agency. The title of the track had been long speculated previous to this due to leaks of information on social media by fans. The track leaked in full on February 17, 2017 before any official announcement from Del Rey or her team had been made regarding the song or the upcoming album. The next day, February 18, the song was rush released onto all music services worldwide, as the first single from the record. The second single "Lust for Life" (feat. The Weeknd) was officially released on April 19, 2017.
On March 29, 2017, Del Rey confirmed the album's title - Lust for Life - by uploading an album trailer to all of her social media accounts. About the album, Del Rey stated "I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed."
Lust for Life is Del Rey's first album that includes guest featured artists. These artists include Sean Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Playboi Carti, as well as previous collaborators A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd. It was first revealed through an official press release on February 18, 2017 that the record would include "exciting guest featured artists".
During the months leading up to the album's release, Del Rey began teasing tracks from the album through her Instagram profile by posting various short videos of herself singing or listening to new songs.
On July 13, 2017, an album sampler with thirty second snippets of each song from the album surfaced online through a French music website called Masilia2007. On July 18, 2017, the full album leaked due to stores distributing the CD prematurely and its availability online on the European social media website VK, however at Del Rey's request, the link was taken down.
For the production of the album, Del Rey worked with previous long-time collaborators Rick Nowels and Emile Haynie, both of who worked on "Love" alongside Benny Blanco. On November 4, 2015, long-time collaborator Justin Parker posted an Instagram photo of himself and Del Rey in a studio together, hinting towards potential involvement in new music. One song, "Wild One", written by Del Rey and Parker had been registered earlier in the year, although it is not featured on the album. Del Rey also collaborated with various producers that she hadn't worked with on previous releases, including hip-hop producers Boi-1da, Hector Delgado, Metro Boomin and Jahaan Sweet. Another significant producer that worked with Del Rey on Lust for Life is composer and producer Dean Reid, who also had previous instrumentation credits on "Dark Paradise".
Sound and writing
On February 15, 2016, Billboard posted a short video interview with Del Rey on the Pre-GRAMMY Gala Red carpet opening up about the new record's sound. Del Rey explained, that while the album would be in a different direction to her previous record Honeymoon, "it's kinda in the same aesthetic" and "[the fourth major-label studio album] has more to do with just like... I don't know... a clarity of inner dialogue that I feel is coming through better." During a livestream on February 20, 2017, Del Rey described the aesthetic of the album as "retro sensibility with a futuristic flair", and on February 24, Del Rey opened up more about writing the record in an interview with Jo Whiley from BBC Radio 2, and she said:
"I've been writing for the last fifteen months and I guess I started out thinking that the whole record was gonna have sort of a 50s/60s feeling, with some kind Shangri-Las and early Joan Baez influences, but I don't know as the climate kept on getting more heated politically, I found lyrically everything was just directed towards that. Because of that the sound just got really updated and I felt like it was more wanting to talk to the younger side of the audience that I have. I guess it's a little more socially aware. It has kind of a global feeling."
During an interview with BBC Radio 1 on May 27, 2017, Del Rey described the sound of the record by saying it 'jumps around a lot' and that "It mixes a more acoustic sound to a heavier beatsy darker sound that's similar to Born to Die". Del Rey's producer Rick Nowels called it her most diverse sounding album to date, saying: "There’s hip-hop, piano songs, acoustic guitar songs, psychedelia".
Lust for Life features recurring trap rhythms, classic rock references, "sepia-toned" orchestral backings, and Del Rey singing with a "hip-hop affectation". The Daily Telegraph stated that the album "lets a bit of light into the darkness of Del Rey's moody past works," noting that "there's a sense of heightened drama in punchy Phil Spector style sixties back beats and the way the heavy timpani criss-crosses with echoing digital trap beats, all swathed in a gauzy haze of Shangri Las style girl group harmonies." The Guardian described the album's sound as "sleek contemporary-sounding soundscapes," The A.V. Club praised its modern simplicity, noting that "its beats are subtle hip-hop twitches or electro-pop swells, with percussion redolent of faraway fireworks booms or mellifluous melodic washes."
Del Rey revealed the official album artwork for Lust for Life on April 11, 2017, through social media. The artwork was designed by Mat Maitland and Markus Bagå of Big Active. It was photographed with Kodak Porta 800 film, by Del Rey’s sister, Chuck Grant, with styling by Johnny Blueeyes, hair by Anna Cofone, and makeup by Pamela Cochrane. The cover depicts Del Rey smiling, while wearing a white dress that is paired with white daisies in her hair; this is the same look from the "Love" music video, as the cover was photographed while the video was being filmed. In an interview with Portal Pop Online, Del Rey stated that the truck pictured behind her is the same truck pictured on the Born to Die cover. The truck is also featured in the "Love" music video. The "Lana Del Rey" logo used on the cover is Del Rey's original logo (with some retouches) that she commonly used before the release of her major-label debut album, Born to Die.
Release and promotion
Promotion of the album was set to begin sometime in April of 2017, according to Del Rey in a Beats 1 Radio interview in the same year, but due to the early release caused by the online leak of "Love", promotion began earlier than intended. Promotional posters advertising the music video for "Love" directed by Rich Lee, were found across Los Angeles on February 17, 2017, leading fans to suspect that the song was being released soon.
The lead single, "Love" was officially released worldwide on February 18, 2017. Two days afterwards, on February 20, the official music video was released. The second single, "Lust for Life", featuring The Weeknd, was officially released on April 19, 2017.
On March 29, 2017, Del Rey released a special album trailer on her official VEVO channel on YouTube and revealed the name of the record. The video features black and white scenes of Del Rey with a monologue of her discussing the album. It was directed by Clark Jackson, who also produced the "Love" music video. In an interview with the director, he stated that Del Rey recorded the entire monologue herself on her phone and the 'Hollywood' sign was completely hand made out of papier-mâché, foam, and chicken wire. On the concept of the video, he said: "We wanted to play with the idea of old 16mm instructional videos mixed in with ’50s and ’60s era sci-fi shows." The video also teases various mysterious symbols that will "become more clear as songs and the rest of the album are released."
Lust for Life monologue
The album was originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, according to numerous music websites including Metacritic and Music Week, but it is was later rescheduled to July 21, 2017, so that Del Rey could "add songs and special collaborations", according to Ben Mawson. Paris Match magazine first revealed that the album would be out on July 21, and on May 24, Del Rey herself confirmed the date on Twitter.
On June 30, 2017, Del Rey revealed that the album would go up for pre-order on July 12th, and that two new tracks would be released simultaneously along with the pre-order. "Summer Bummer" featuring A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti, and "Groupie Love" featuring A$AP Rocky were both premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio on July 12th.
Various bundles and packages were made available for pre-order on July 12th. The "Lust for Life - CD Box Set + Digital Album" includes a Lust for Life CD, digital download, a 24 page case bound book, and exclusive lithograph art prints. Individual Lust for Life CDs, limited edition clear vinyls, cassette tapes, and digital downloads were also made available for purchase on the Official Lana Del Rey Store. Along with this, limited edition autographed clear vinyls and CDs were also available for pre-order on July 12th, autographed lithographs were released later. During September 2017, Del Rey also released official merchandise for the album that was made available for purchase on her official store.
To promote the album, Del Rey relied on live performances, print interviews, and photoshoots that were featured in a variety of fashion and music magazines including Elle and Complex. Del Rey was also interviewed on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, Beats 1 and KROQ.
- Main article: LA to the Moon Tour
During the months prior to the album's release and months following the album's release, Del Rey performed at various music festivals in Europe and North America. During these appearances she performed select songs from the album live for the first time. On July 20th, Del Rey celebrated the album's release with an exclusive listening party and performance at No Vacancy in Los Angeles hosted by Spotify. Another performance in honor of the album's release took place at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on July 26, where Del Rey also performed during 2012 to promote Born to Die. Shortly after the album's release, Del Rey embarked on a small promotional headlining concert tour beginning in London on July 24th, and then venturing to San Diego, Anaheim, Glasgow, Liverpool, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and New York City. These shows took place from July to October 2017.
On September 27, 2017, Del Rey announced the LA to the Moon Tour, an expansive world tour to further promote the album. The tour is scheduled to begin in North America during January 2018, and it will also include legs in South America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
The first single serving as the lead single from the record, "Love", was officially released worldwide on February 18, 2017, shortly after being leaked online. It's original intended release was set to be sometime in April 2017, according to Del Rey in a Beats 1 Radio interview in the same year. The single was met with extremely positive reactions and charted in the top 10 on iTunes in many countries. The official music video was released on February 20.
The second single is the title track from the album, "Lust for Life", featuring the The Weeknd. It was premiered on BBC Radio 1 on April 19, 2017, and simultaneously released worldwide. It too was met with extremely positive reactions, and like "Love", charted in the top 10 on iTunes in many countries.
The album's first promotional single, "Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind", was first announced on the Arabic streaming service, Anghami, on May 13, 2017 and it was officially released on May 15, 2017.The album's third single is titled "Summer Bummer". It features American rappers A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti. It was officially released on June 12, 2017, along with the album's fourth single, "Groupie Love", which also features A$AP Rocky. Both singles were met with positive reactions among fans and critics when they were officially released. "Summer Bummer" was first teased when Del Rey shared a video of herself listening to the track on June 2, 2017.
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Upon release, Lust for Life was met with critical acclaim from music critics, who praised it for its modernized sound and lyrics, which exemplified a newfound lightness and change in Del Rey's artistry. According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album currently holds a score of 78/100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". This has been the highest Metacritic score Del Rey has held for any of her albums, tied with Honeymoon, which holds the same score.
El Hunt of DIY praised the album for being "a record that is prepared to be truly vulnerable, and is all the more impactful for it". Hunt labeled the album as her most honest album yet, as well as her best to date. Jon Paroles of The New York Time interpreted the album's lyrical meaning by stating: "She’s [Del Rey] thinking not only about the troubled romances that fill most of her songs, but also about a next generation". Billboard named the record their "album of the week", calling it her her most self-assured album yet, and writing that "in a 2017 pop game riddled with thirst, trend-hops and burn-outs, Lana Del Rey has earned a remarkable, singular consistency". Roison O'Connor from The Independent wrote that "Lust for Life is more of an elaboration on her favourite subjects rather than a repetition, in fact, it's her most expansive album to date," concluding that "Del Rey is far more self-aware than she has been on her previous albums". In a positive review from GQ magazine, Kevin Long wrote that "Like Lorde's Melodrama, Lust for Life is an accomplished piece of art, an antidote to the banal tunes permeating the charts and one of the best albums released this year so far." Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork praised the album for its lyrics, by saying "the best parts of Lust for Life are simpler—songs that succeed not to the extent to which they concentrate the Lana Del Rey mythos, that present her songwriting as poetry that can stand on its own".
Upon release, the album debuted at number-one on the Worldwide iTunes Album Chart and spent eleven days atop that chart overall making it the longest time an album by Del Rey stayed at number-one. It also reached the number-one spot on the iTunes albums charts in over 70 countries including the United States and Canada. Worldwide, the album sold approximately 194,000 units during its first week. By its second week, the album had sold approximately 269,000 units total globally.
The album debuted at number-one in the United Kingdom on the Official Top 100 Albums Chart, becoming her third album to do so after Born to Die and Ultraviolence, and making her the first solo female artist in 2017 to score a number-one album on that chart. The album also debuted at number-one in Australia, making Del Rey the first American artist to score a number-one album in that region during 2017. During October 2017, the album became certified silver in the United Kingdom with over 60,000 copies sold in that region.
In the United States, the album also debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 selling approximately 107,000 units, 80,000 of which were pure album sales while the rest is a mixture track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Lust for Life is Del Rey's second number-one album in the United States, following Ultraviolence (2014).
The album's official track list was revealed on July 12, 2017, through the album's official pre-order although it had leaked online weeks prior due to music services putting it on their websites early. The album consists of 16 standard tracks, and no deluxe edition tracks. On May 27, 2017, Del Rey had stated in an interview that the album had 18 tracks in total, but when the track list was officially revealed there were two less. Lust for Life is Del Rey's first studio album to feature guest artists, as five tracks on the album are collaborations (tracks 2, 6, 7, 12, 13). The record's total length is 71 minutes and 56 seconds, making it the longest standard edition of any of Del Rey's studio albums to date.
|1.||"Love"||Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels, Emile Haynie, Benny Blanco||Del Rey, Nowels, Haynie, Blanco, Kieron Menzies[a]||4:32|
|2.||"Lust for Life" (featuring The Weeknd)||Del Rey, Abel Tesfaye, Max Martin, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Dean Reid, Martin[a]||4:24|
|3.||"13 Beaches"||Del Rey, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid, Mighty Mike[a]||4:55|
|4.||"Cherry"||Del Rey, Tim Larcombe||Del Rey, Nowels, Reid, Larcombe, Menzies[a]||3:00|
|5.||"White Mustang"||Del Rey, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid||2:44|
|6.||"Summer Bummer" (featuring A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti)||Del Rey, Matthew Samuels, Jordan Carter, Rakim Mayers, Tyler Williams, Jahaan Sweet, Andrew Joseph Gradwohl Jr||Boi-1da, Sweet, Nowels[a]||4:21|
|7.||"Groupie Love" (featuring A$AP Rocky)||Del Rey, Nowels, Mayers||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Hector Delgado, Reid||4:24|
|8.||"In My Feelings"||Del Rey, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid||3:58|
|9.||"Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind"||Del Rey, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid||4:18|
|10.||"God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It"||Del Rey, Nowels||Nowels, Menzies, Reid, Metro Boomin, Del Rey[a]||4:36|
|11.||"When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing"||Del Rey, Nowels, Reid||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid||4:35|
|12.||"Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" (featuring Stevie Nicks)||Del Rey, Nicks, Nowels, Justin Parker||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid||4:13|
|13.||"Tomorrow Never Came" (featuring Sean Ono Lennon)||Del Rey, Lennon, Nowels||Del Rey, Lennon, Nowels||5:07|
|14.||"Heroin"||Del Rey, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid, Mike[a]||5:55|
|15.||"Change"||Del Rey, Nowels||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies||5:21|
|16.||"Get Free"||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies||Del Rey, Nowels, Menzies, Reid||5:34|
- "[a]" signifies an additional producer
During the interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio, Del Rey confirmed that she had 4 tracks that were left on the "cutting room floor" but she stated she may include them somewhere. The alleged tracks include "Architecture", "Roses Bloom for You", "Yosemite", and an unknown fourth song, possibly "Wild One".
Del Rey talked about the reasoning for not including those tracks during the interview Beats 1 Radio. She stated that "Yosemite" was too happy for the record and that she is not there yet, while she said the following about "Architecture": "That's another song I talked about all the time. Talk about another brother/sister track... the ying to Yosemite's yang. It's kind of all about Topanga and this zone I was in for a minute that I got kind of shifted out of. The more I did features and got out more, the more I was out of that quiet place and in that far west." Both songs were also considered too slow compared to the rest of album's tracks. "Roses Bloom for You" was at first meant to be the album's intro.
"Something Real" was another song meant for the album. It was produced in 2016 featured heaving strings and had a "horror movie soundtrack" vibe. In the end, it was revealed that it was reworked into "13 Beaches" and many aspects were kept from the original.
"Malibu" was the original version of "Get Free". Del Rey stated during her interviews for BBC 1 Radio and Complex magazine that the song had more personal lyrics and she did not want to reveal everything. The song was completely deleted and reworked in the final version, known as "Get Free".
Credits adapted from the linear notes of Lust for Life.
- Lana Del Rey — vocals (all tracks)
- Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye — vocals (track 2)
- Rakim "A$AP Rocky" Mayers — vocals (tracks 6, 7)
- Jordan "Playboi Carti" Carter — vocals (track 6)
- Stevie Nicks — vocals (track 12)
- Sean Lennon — vocals (track 13)
- Berkay Birecikli — percussion (track 7)
- Benny Blanco — drums (track 1), keyboards (track 1)
- Hector Delgado — effects (track 7)
- Gary Ferguson — live drums (tracks 12, 14)
- Andrew Joseph Gradwohl Jr. — synthesizer (track 6)
- Emile Haynie — drums (track 1), synthesizer (track 1)
- Dan Heath — orchestral overture (track 3)
- Sean Hurley — bass (track 12)
- Tim Larcombe — drums (track 4), electric guitar (track 4), Mellotron (track 4)
- Sean Lennon — acoustic guitar (track 13), celeste (track 13), electric guitar (track 13), electric upright bass (track 13), glass harmonica (track 13), harpsichord (track 13), Mellotron (track 13), Mongolian bells (track 13), shaker (track 13), timpani (track 13),
- David Levita — electric guitar (tracks 2, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16)
- Max Martin — Juno bass (track 2)
- Kieron Menzies — bass (track 3), drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15), keyboards (tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15), modem (track 3), percussion (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16), piano (track 8), strings (tracks 2, 4, 5), synthesizer (tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 16), synth pads (track 2), tape loops (tracks 2, 9, 10)
- Mighty Mike — bongos (track 2), drums (tracks 3, 14, 16), keyboards (track 3), percussion (tracks 3, 7, 14, 16)
- Rick Nowels — acoustic guitar (tracks 10, 11, 13), bass (tracks 1, 13, 15, 16), celeste (tracks 9, 15), electric piano (track 14), flute (track 10, 12), keyboards (tracks 1, 8, 16), Mellotron (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15), choir (track 14), organ (tracks 9, 12, 13, 14, 16), piano (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14), solina (track 12), strings (tracks 3, 8), synthesizer (tracks 5, 6, 9), synth bass (track 12), synth pad (tracks 2, 3, 10, 16), vibraphone (tracks 1, 7), 808 bass (track 10)
- David Palmer — synthesizer (track 10)
- Ali Payami — drum programming (track 2)
- Zac Rae — bass guitar (tracks 7, 11), drums (tracks 7, 11), electric guitar (track 7), guitar (track 16), harpsichord (track 6), Mellotron (track 16), organ (tracks 11, 16), percussion (track 7), piano (track 10), strings (track 4), synthesizer (tracks 2, 3, 7, 10), synth pad (track 16)
- Dean Reid — bass (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), bass guitar (tracks 2, 10), brass (track 10), drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12), effects (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14), electric guitar (track 1, 14, 16), flute (track 9), Mellotron (track 9), percussion (track 2, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16), strings (track 4, 10, 11), synthesizer (tracks 5, 8, 9, 11), synth bass (tracks 3, 11, 14, 16), synth guitar (track 2), synth pad (track 10), vocoder (tracks 2, 7)
- Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels — bass (track 6), drums (track 6)
- Aaron Sterling — live drums (tracks 7, 11, 16), percussion (track 16), tambourine (track 11)
- Jahaan Sweet — piano (track 6)
- Patrick Warren — bassoon (track 14), flute (track 14), harmonium (track 3), organ (track 13), piano (track 13), strings (tracks 10, 12), synthesizer (tracks 3, 12, 14), tack piano (track 10), waterphone (track 3)
- Leland "Metro Boomin" Wayne — drums (track 10), percussion (track 10), synth bass (track 10)
- Trevor Yasuda — keyboards (tracks 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16)
- Tyler "T-Minus" Williams — cello (track 6), synth (track 6)
- Technical, songwriting and production
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting (all tracks), production (all tracks except 6, 10), additional production (track 10)
- Adam Ayan — mastering (all tracks except 1)
- Markus Bagå — design
- Benny Blanco — songwriting (track 1), production (track 1), mixing (track 1)
- Mike Bozzi — mastering (track 1)
- Jordan "Playboi Carti" Carter — songwriting (track 6)
- Matthew Cullen — engineering (track 13), mixing (track 13)
- Hector Delgado — production (track 7), engineering (tracks 6, 7)
- Chris Garcia — engineering (tracks 4, 5, 9, 16)
- Andrew Joseph Gradwohl Jr. — songwriting (track 6)
- Chuck Grant — photography
- Emile Haynie — songwriting (track 1), production (track 1), mixing (track 1)
- Neil Krug — photography
- Tim Larcombe — songwriting (track 4), production (track 4)
- Sean Lennon — songwriting (track 13), production (track 13)
- Mat Maitland — design
- Max Martin — songwriting (track 2), additional production (track 2)
- Rakim "A$AP Rocky" Mayers — songwriting (tracks 6, 7)
- Kieron Menzies — songwriting (track 16), production (all tracks except 1, 4, 6 13), additional production (tracks 1, 4), engineering (all tracks), mixing (all tracks), field recording (track 16)
- Mighty Mike — additional production (tracks 3, 14)
- Stevie Nicks — songwriting (track 12)
- Rick Nowels — songwriting (all tracks except 4, 6), production (all tracks expect 6), additional production (track 6)
- Justin Parker — songwriting (track 12)
- Dean Reid — songwriting (track 11), production (all tracks except 1, 6, 13, 15), engineering (all tracks except 15), mixing (all tracks except 1, 13, 15)
- Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels — songwriting (track 6), production (track 6)
- Jordan Stilwell — engineering (tracks 2, 3)
- Jahaan Sweet — songwriting (track 6), production (track 6)
- Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye — songwriting (track 2)
- Tyler "T-Minus" Williams — songwriting (track 6)
- Leland "Metro Boomin" Wayne — production (track 10)
- Trevor Yasuda — engineering (all tracks except 15)
Art prints shot by Chuck Grant and Neil Krug
Charts and certifications
|Various||July 21, 2017||Digital download, streaming, CD||Polydor, Interscope|||
|October 6, 2017||Vinyl|||
|October 20, 2017||Cassette tape|||
|December 1, 2017||Box set|||
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