Today Lana Del Rey released the official music video for ‘Candy Necklace’ featuring Jon Batiste, her neck single from her latest album ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd.’ It was directed by Rich Lee, who has previously directed music videos for ‘Love,’ ‘Lust for Life,’ ‘White Mustang,’ ‘Fuck it I Love You/The Greatest,’ and ‘Doin’ Time.’
Shot in black and white, the music video is almost 11 minutes in length. It’s self referential and features behind-the-scenes footage. The concept also references famous women in history, such as Marilyn Monroe and the Black Dahlia, as it appears to explore the idea of creating a character that is killed or otherwise by fame and Hollywood, but the behind the scenes footage and the video turning to colour at the end shows that the real her is still alive and breathing; that she escaped the story of the character she once portrayed herself to be, shedding the media criticism and industry constraints along with it. She broke the cycle and thrived with the happiness many never got to experience.
In the video, at 4:06, Lana says: “‘Cause the whole thing about the video was like why it was all supposed to be behind the scenes was because all these woman who like changed their names, changed their hair like me and stuff, it’s like they all fell into these different like snake holes, so the whole point is like how do you learn from that and not fall into your own thing.”
Lana Del Rey is on the April 2023 cover of French magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, with photos by Neil Krug. Oh her honeymoon Instagram account, Lana posted the magazine cover and said, “thank you to JD who’s been interviewing me for this magazine for 10 years.” The pair talk about “her passion for Jeff Buckley and Bowie, her intense relationship with her spirituality, her outlook on the world, her art of signwriting, and her grief.” The magazine is out on March 29.
Lana Del Rey‘s ninth studio album, ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd,’ is out now (March 24). The album consists of 16 tracks, featuring Father John Misty, Bleachers, Jon Batiste, SYML, RIOPY, Tommy Genesis, and Churchome pastor Judah Smith. Of the four singles Lana has released so far, none have official music videos. These include the title track, A&W, The Grants, and on March 24 she released Candy Necklace ft. Jon Batiste as the next single, though this has an official visualiser and is 2:34 instead of 5:15.
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Lana Del Rey is on the April/May cover of Rolling Stone UK, which is currently available to purchase, including a second cover which is a black and white version. The photoshoot was shot by Lana’s sister, Chuck Grant, with styling by Joseph Kocharian. The interview was conducted by Hannah Ewens. Lana later shared some outtakes from the shoot, though they are photos of a computer screen.
By retreating, she believes she has begun to see the culture more clearly. Her albums have followed suit, increasingly humorous and observational in their commentary. Meanwhile, regardless of genre, her sound has distilled into something that is pure Lana: classic and glamorous with her trademark airy, theatrical vocals. She found a fellow partially off-grid companion in Antonoff. “Jack Antonoff and I are super similar in the way we know about so much that’s going on culturally, but we have no idea how. We definitely don’t read that much about it or hear that much about it, but all of those turning points in culture, somehow we’re always aware,” she explains. Often, she and Antonoff will sit together in the studio and discuss what they’re doing to try to survive the negative waves of trends in tech, self-promotion, music and society. “I think even if I was in a remote area, I would always know what’s going on and I’ve always had a little bit of an intuitive finger on the pulse of culture,” she continues. “Even when I started singing, I knew it wouldn’t completely jive right away.”
A spiritual instinct is ever-present in Del Rey, the person. As soon as she sits down, we’re laughing about astrology and the time she tweeted her birth time and everyone realised — along with her — that she’s a Cancer, not a Gemini. “Once I had a thousand dollars, I bought this beautiful Gemini medallion which is no longer relevant to me,” she hoots, clapping her hands together. She’s so impressed with her regular psychic that every time someone tells her that she must be proud of her music, she thinks, “‘You should see what these people in the wellness community can do’ — especially in LA, it’s the mecca.” Singing is a talent too, but psychic abilities to her are magic. “It’s so validating when I meet someone like that because it’s very affirmative that there’s so much more going on.”
This fascination with the otherworldly began when she was young growing up in Lake Placid, New York. “I had fun playing sports and meeting new friends, but I was concerned about why there were no television shows or talks from people and parents about where they thought we came from and why they thought we were here. It deeply troubled me from the age of four,” she remembers. “So, my parents did have their hands full with a lot of esoteric questions. I think that’s just a predisposition.” Attending a Catholic elementary school only encouraged this search for knowledge, as did her philosophy class at age 15. In the mid-00s, she went to Fordham University in the Bronx to study for a degree in philosophy with a specialism in metaphysics. “I tried to get as many questions answered in four years as I could,” she says, sagely. “And then I was taught that philosophy was a study of questions, not answers. There were no answers, which almost made things worse.”
Read the full interview at rollingstone.co.uk.
Lana Del Rey is featured in the February 25, 2023 issue of Billboard magazine. The photoshoot was photographed by Lia Clay Miller on January 27, 2023 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lana’s hair was by Sheridan Ward at Walter Schupfer Management, with makeup by Etienne Ortega at The Only Agency. In the interview, Lana speaks to Kristin Robinson about her upcoming album, which is her most personal yet. She talks about starting out in the industry, the creative process behind ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd, collaborating with Taylor Swift, and more.
Can you remember what it felt like creatively when you were just starting out?
I think back to the beginning, being in New York. I would just go to a little deli by Grand Central and all you had to do to sit at the table for hours was buy a black coffee. I remember thinking, “I’m doing it. I’m living it.” It was all very thrilling. I was so psyched back then.
You recently featured on Taylor Swift’s “Snow on the Beach.” What was collaborating with her like?
Well, first of all, I had no idea I was the only feature [on that song]. Had I known, I would have sung the entire second verse like she wanted. My job as a feature on a big artist’s album is to make sure I help add to the production of the song, so I was more focused on the production. She was very adamant that she wanted me to be on the album, and I really liked that song. I thought it was nice to be able to bridge that world, since Jack [Antonoff] and I work together and so do Jack and Taylor.
Click here to read more. This story appeared in the Feb 25, 2023 issue of Billboard.
Lana Del Rey is on the cover of the March 2023 issue of Interview magazine. Lana was photographed by Nadia Lee Cohen, styled by Mel Ottenberg, and interviewed by Billie Eilish. The two singer-songwriters had a very authentic and supportive conversation, discussing the creative process behind Lana’s upcoming album, ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd,’ being romanticised online, being afraid to make mistakes, so much more.
DEL REY: The era was definitely different. I remember talking to friends at that time where they were like, “Are you afraid to make one misstep?” I was like, “Yeah, I do feel like one wrong step could ruin everything.” That’s why I was very tentative and didn’t talk too much. Whereas now, people have all these brand deals and things where it doesn’t really matter if something goes wrong, because there’s always the next thing.
EILISH: But also, they don’t ever let anything go. You literally can’t make a single mistake ever. No matter what you do to redeem yourself, it doesn’t matter. They decide that’s who you are and that you deserve death.
DEL REY: Right. I think that also, people are being a lot more careful with what they say. I remember my first big interview with Rolling Stone for Ultraviolence. He asked me about the song “Sad Girl.” Where it goes: [sings] “I’m a sad girl, I’m a sad girl, I’m a sad girl.” He said, “At 29, don’t you feel uncomfortable calling yourself a girl?” I was like, “You mean instead of?” And he said, “Well, a woman. I mean, you’re like 30.” I was really caught off guard because I wanted to talk about how I mixed my own album with this guy Robert Orton. Then, I said, “Well, what about that Jennifer Lopez song [‘Girls’] or the Beyoncé song ‘Girls Run the World’? I think she’s older than me.” And he was like, “That’s different. That’s a fun song.” I don’t feel like those kinds of questions get asked anymore. For me, it was trial by fire. It’s definitely a different era now.
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Lana Del Rey‘s ninth studio album, ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd,’ will be released on March 24th. The lead-single of the same name was released on December 7, 2022, with the second single, ‘A&W,’ released on February 14. You can pre-order the album and related merch via Lana’s official website here
Here is the confirmed tracklisting:
1. The Grants
2. Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
5. Judah Smith Interlude
6. Candy Necklace (featuring Jon Batiste)
7. Jon Batiste Interlude
10. Paris, Texas (featuring SYML)
11. Grandfather Please Stand on the Shoulders of My Father While He’s Deep-Sea Fishing (featuring Riopy)
12. Let the Light In (featuring Father John Misty)
13. Margaret (featuring Bleachers)
15. Peppers (featuring Tommy Genesis)
16. Taco Truck x VB