Lana del Rey officially announced that she will release a new album this year. This was after a controversial week where she received criticism from Beyoncé and Ariana Grande fans.
Lana del Rey will make good on her promise to release a new album this year. The record called “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” will serve as the musician’s follow-up to “Norman F*****g Rockwell.”
Based on her Instagram posts, it looks like she will work again with star producer Jack Antonoff. She recently uploaded a photo of them working together remotely.
“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” album details
Del Rey’s fans have been looking forward to “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” since last year. According to her, she already started working on the project even before the release of “Norman F*****g Rockwell.”
So far, Del Rey has been mum about the musical direction she will take on the record. She memorably surprised fans and critics with the soft and folk-rock influence of “Norman F*****g Rockwell” last year.
The “Born to Die” singer initially called the project “White Hot Forever” but had to revise the title for unknown reasons. Last year, she also teased that the album could have a surprise release. However, the SoCal music icon clearly changed her mind.
Lana del Rey clashes with Ariana Grande, Beyoncé fans
The album announcement comes after a turbulent week for Del Rey. This was after one of her Instagram posts became controversial for allegedly shading other female singers.
In a lengthy statement, she pondered on criticisms she received in the past. She said that she no longer wants to hear accusations that she glamorizes abuse in her musical work.
She then listed a number of fellow female artists who she felt did not receive the same criticisms she had. Among the artists she listed were Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, and Nicki Minaj
However, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj fans slammed Del Rey for her statement. They called the comments “racist” especially as most of the singers she listed were African-American or Latin-American.
In an Instagram video, she addressed the controversy and said that her comments were taken out of context. She clarified that she is a huge fan of all the artists she mentioned.
SZA reacts to Del Rey’s statement
Del Rey’s statements earned a divisive response among her fellow musicians and fans. R&B singer SZA is one of Del Rey’s peers who could not help but comment on the controversy.
And another thing . Black women (and men ) work very hard to be seen as soft And non threatening . we want to be seen as GENTLE soft ethereal beings too . Apply this to who it may 😒
— SZA (@sza) May 29, 2020
Based on a report, SZA indirectly addressed Del Rey’s comments in a series of tweets, saying that she felt “hurt.” According to her, African-American female artists work just as hard to be seen as “gentle.”
Lana del Rey will release “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” on Friday, September 05. She will also release a spoken word album called “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass” later this year.
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