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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieran De Jour
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Rick Nowels
Devrim Karaoglu
Length 4:25
4:13 (Demo)
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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
"This Is What Makes Us Girls"

"Summertime Sadness" is a song written by Lana Del Rey, Kieran De Jour and Rick Nowels in 2011. Nowels also assisted in the song's production along with Emile Haynie and Devrim Karaoglu. Taken from Lana's first major-label album Born to Die, the song was released as the album's fourth official single worldwide on June 22, 2012. A remix was made by Cedric Gervais which found the track worldwide commercial success.

Cross-references

Composition

"Summertime Sadness" is a trip hop ballad written in the key of C♯ Minor. Lana's vocals cover exactly two octaves, ranging from C♯3 to C♯5.

Critical reception (original version)

In his track-by-track review for Billboard magazine Andrew Hampp wrote about "Summertime Sadness" that "the pouty title alone drew giggles at Del Rey's Bowery gig, but the song itself proves to be one of the more durable tracks here even if its lyrics start to get redundant ('Kiss me hard before you go... That baby you're the best')".[1] Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush noted that "on an album marked by shoe gazing moments, [the song] is Lana Del Rey at her most head down. But even though there is a palpable damaged girl in her voice, she commands attention with her lazy delivery."[2] Los Angeles Times named it among the best tracks on the album along with "Video Games" and "Dark Paradise".[3]

Live performances

Del Rey first performed the song at the Bowery Ballroom on December 5, 2011. At the end of the performance, she stated: "I know you don't care, but you're gonna fucking like it when it's on the record."

Commercial performance (original version)

Weekly charts

Chart (2012–14) Peak

position

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 17
Bulgaria (BAMP)[7] 3
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[8] 42
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[9] 36
France (SNEP)[10] 56
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 4
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[12] 3
Israel (Media Forest)[13] 10
Italy (FIMI)[14] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 23
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[16] 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[17] 53
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 3
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[20] 5

Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Position
Germany (Media Control AG)[21] 21
Chart (2013) Position
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[22] 58
Chart (2014) Position
Italy (Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana)[23] 67

Certifications (original version)

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[24] Gold 15,000x
Germany (BVMI)[25] Platinum 300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[26] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[27] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] Gold 15,000x
United States (RIAA)[29] Platinum[sales of remix + original version] 588,000[30]
*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Official versions

  • Album version 4:25
  • Radio mix 4:12
  • Radio mix extended version 5:06
  • Demo 4:13

Remixes

  • Asadinho Main Vocal Mix 8:34
  • Asadinho Main Dub 7:46
  • Asadinho Main Instrumental 7:00
  • Cedric Gervais Remix 6:52
  • Cedric Gervais Remix Radio Edit 3:34
  • Hannes Fischer Nightflight Remix 6:41
  • Hannes Fischer Nightflight Radio Edit 3:50
  • Marbert Rocel Remix 5:41
  • MK Feel It In The Air Remix 8:19
  • MK Lee Foss Cold Blooded Remix 5:40
  • Nick Warren's Vocal Remix 7:03
  • Nick Warren's Skandik Dub 7:06
  • Nick Warren's Instrumental Remix 7:01
  • Ryan Hemsworth Remix 4:09
  • Simon Large MK Dub 6:53
  • Todd Terry Remix 6:35
  • Todd Terry Dub 5:37

Commercial release

Physical releases

Germany

SS Slimcase Cover Label: TBA
Format: CD in slimcase
Released: July 13, 2012
Barcode: 0602537102631
Photogaphy: TBA
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "Summertime Sadness" (Radio Mix) 4:12
2. "Summertime Sadness"   4:23
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SS Vinyl Label: Stranger
Format: 12" vinyl in cardsleeve
Released: July, 2012
Barcode: 0602537105106
Photogaphy: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown


SIDE A (45RPM)

# Name Time
1. "Summertime Sadness" (Todd Terry Remix) 6:35
2. "Summertime Sadness" (Todd Terry Dub) 5:37
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SIDE B (45RPM)

# Name Time
1. "Summertime Sadness" (Hannes Fischer Nightflight Remix) 6:41
2. "Summertime Sadness" (Marbert Rocel Remix) 5:41
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Music video

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness04:43

Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness

Released June 22, 2012.
Length 4:25
Director Kyle Newman, Spencer Susser
Producer Emile Haynie

Rick Nowels
Devrim Karaoglu

Filmed April and May of 2012
Location
VEVO views 74+ Million views


The music video for "Summertime Sadness" was filmed in April and May of 2012. It was directed by Kyle Newman and Spencer Susser. Newman's wife, actress Jaime King, stars alongside Del Rey in the video, and said that, "It's about not being able to live without the one you love, friend or lover it doesn't matter, that's whatever you want it to be." Actor Alex Pettyfer reportedly also helped out on set as a production assistant. The radio mix edit of the video was released on July 20, 2012, in Germany on ClipFish. The same day, the video with the album version of the song was released worldwide on Del Rey's official YouTube channel. As of February 28, 2013 the music video has gained more than 240 million views on YouTube alone.

A music video for the trip hop song features two lovers, one played by Jaime King and the other played by Lana Del Rey. As the storyline progresses, one of the lovers commit suicide by jumping from perilous heights.

The music video opens with the clouds parting during which a female voice is heard speaking through a phone call, telling her lover, "remember, i'll always love you, bye", then it shows Lana Del Rey singing the opening verse before jumping from a cliff overlooking a waterfall. The video traces the women's relationship with spliced together through film bits -- much like the effects used in her earlier efforts -- and foggy scenes of the stars pouting and glancing seductively over their shoulders. The final sixty seconds of the video features both the grief stricken lovers falling in slow motion off of a bridge, suicidal after realizing the irreparability of their relationship. "I just wanted you to know," Del Rey intones as she tumbles slowly into the abyss, "that baby you were the best."

Behind the scenes

Remix

Lana Del Rey, Cedric Gervais - Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey vs03:36

Lana Del Rey, Cedric Gervais - Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais

The video was re-edited to go alongside the release of the Cedric Gervais remix.

Lyrics

Kiss me hard before you go,
Summertime sadness.
I just wanted you to know,
That baby, you the best.

I got my red dress on tonight,
Dancin' in the dark,
In the pale moonlight.
Done my hair up real big,
Beauty queen style.
High heels off, I'm feelin' alive.

Oh my god, I feel it in the air,
Telephone wires above,
Are sizzlin' like a snare.
Honey I'm on fire, I feel it everywhere,
Nothin' scares me anymore.
(One, two, three, four).

Kiss me hard before you go,
Summertime sadness.
I just wanted you to know,
That baby, you the best.

I got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Su-su-summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

I'm feelin' electric tonight,
Cruisin' down the coast,
Goin' about ninety-nine.
Got my bad baby,
By my heavenly side.
I know if I go,
I'll die happy tonight.

Oh my god, I feel it in the air,
Telephone wires above,
Are sizzlin' like a snare.
Honey I'm on fire, I feel it everywhere,
Nothin' scares me anymore.
(One, two, three, four).

Kiss me hard before you go,
Summertime sadness.
I just wanted you to know,
That baby, you the best.

I got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Su-su-summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

Think I'll miss you forever,
Like the stars miss the sun,
In the morning sky.
Later's better than never,
Even if you're gone,
I'm gonna drive.

I got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Su-su-summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

Kiss me hard before you go,
Summertime sadness.
I just wanted you to know,
That baby, you the best.

I got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Su-su-summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Got that summertime,
Summertime sadness.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

Credits

Song

Personnel

  • Guitar — Patrick Warren
  • Strings — Patrick Warren & Rick Nowels
  • Strings assistant —Steve Tirpak
  • Strings arrangement — Larry Gold
  • Drums — Emile Haynie
  • Keyboards — Emile Haynie & Patrick Warren
  • Flute — Dan Heath
  • Pads — Devrim Karaglu
  • Mixing — Dan Grech Margurat fo 365 Artists
  • Assistant mixing — Duncan Fulle

Music video

  • Director — Spencer Susser
  • Assistant director — Kyle Newman
  • Producer — Tova Dann
  • Editor — Spencer Susser
  • Director of Photography — Morgan Susser

References

  1. http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/1067142/lana-del-reys-born-to-die-track-by-track-review
  2. http://popcrush.com/lana-del-rey-born-to-die-album-review
  3. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/01/lana-del-rey-born-to-die.html
  4. http://www.austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s
  5. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s
  6. http://www.ultratop.be/fr/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s
  7. http://www.bamp-bg.org/2009-07-08-09-48-53/nielsen/362-15102012-21102012.html
  8. http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparada/index.php?hitp=R
  9. http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparada/index.php?hitp=R
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  11. http://www.officialcharts.de/song.asp?artist=Lana+Del+Rey&title=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s&country=de
  12. http://www.billboard.com/biz/charts/2013-08-03/greece
  13. http://www.mediaforest.biz/WeeklyCharts/HistoryWeeklyCharts.aspx?year=2012&week=39
  14. http://www.fimi.it/main/chart_id/1671
  15. http://www.charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s
  16. http://bestsellery.zpav.pl/airplays/top/archiwum.php?year=2012&idlisty=849#title
  17. http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparadask/index.php?hitp=R
  18. http://www.swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s
  19. http://www.swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Summertime+Sadness&cat=s
  20. http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/Lana+Del+Rey/chart?f=902
  21. http://www.mix1.de/charts/jahrescharts-2012-singles.htm
  22. http://zene.slagerlistak.hu/archivum/eves-osszesitett-listak/radios/2013
  23. http://www.fimi.it/5233
  24. http://www.ifpi.at/?section=goldplatin
  25. http://www.musikindustrie.de/no_cache/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=suche&strTitel=Summertime+Sadness&strInterpret=Lana+Del+Rey&strTtArt=alle&strAwards=checked
  26. http://www.fimi.it/archivio_certificazioni.php
  27. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asociaci%C3%B3n_Mexicana_de_Productores_de_Fonogramas_y_Videogramas
  28. http://www.swisscharts.com/search_certifications.asp?search=Lana+Del+Rey+Summertime+Sadness
  29. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Summertime+Sadness%22
  30. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5695421/go-behind-lana-del-reys-summertime-surge


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