Forget everything else currently in your iTunes--because Ultraviolence is finally, finally here! After months of rumors and different release dates, Lana Del Rey has dropped her sophomore album upon the world.
We’ve been waiting for the Dan Aueberhach-produced LP for what seems like forever, ever since our November cover girl hinted about her next release. “When people ask me about it, I just have to be honest--I really don’t know[...] I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, definitely--the next one’s better than this one,’ because I don’t really hear a next one.” She explained to NYLON’s Melissa Giannini, “My muse is very fickle. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying.”
Luckily for all of us, inspiration has struck the enigmatic singer in a major way in Ultraviolence. And while Lana Del Rey’s particular type of pop stardom might be anchored by her mysterious charm, let’s be real: we’re curious. So curious that we’ve scoured the internet and found the top ten things you definitely don’t already know about LDR’s latest. Read them below, stream the LP on Spotify, then enter to win a deluxe box set here--because you’re going to want to keep this album forever.
1. Ultraviolence was primarily written in Santa Monica, recorded in Nashville in a span of two weeks.
2. The title references a phrase from Anthony Burgess’ classic book A Clockwork Orange.
3. Del Rey had planned to work with Lou Reed but he passed away in October 4. The album is centered around a woman’s abusive relationship with a man. When asked by The Fader about how she portrays women in her music, Del Rey responded, “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities”.
5. The title song “Ultraviolence” mixes Baroque dirge with wah-wah guitar and quotes a 1962 song from the Crystals, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss”. The song also mentions a “cult leader” that Del Rey claims refers to a guru she met when she moved to NYC after high school.6. “Old Money” pays tribute to Del Rey’s childhood as the daughter of an internet entrepreneur attending prep school in Connecticut. 7. In “Money Power Glory”, Del Rey worked with producer Greg Kurstin, a member of The Bird and the Bee and the man behind much of Lily Allen and Ke$ha’s hits. 8. She references the Crystals again on “Shades of Cool,” using lines from “He’s a Rebel.“9. The final song of the album: “The Other Woman” is a Jessie May Robinson song that Nina Simone also once covered.10. Ultraviolence is currently duking it out with Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour for the number one spot on iTunes.