Lana Del Rey Releases New Single “A&W”
Lana Del Rey’s ninth studio album Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd is out in March.
The thousands of Spotify users who recently learned they’re in the top one percent of Lana listeners at the end of 2022, myself included, are in luck: Lana Del Rey has confirmed she’s coming out with a new album. Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, the singer’s ninth studio album, is out this spring.
Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd: Release Date
It was previously announced that the album was was going to be released on March 10, 2023, but Del Rey posted on Instagram that the date had been pushed to March 24. “March 24 now thanks. Box set, and merch,” she said in the caption. She also shared a 16-song tracklist, merchandise items (including a lighter) and a NSFW alternative album art showing her partially topless, which she had to delete for being against Instagram’s guidelines.
Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd: Themes
In a more perplexing, enthralling update, a Lana Del Rey fan account is reporting that Del Rey is taking some very Lana artistic leaps.
“According to a reliable insider, the interlude featuring Pastor Judah Smith is over 4 minutes long & is chaotic, strange, & random. It consists of the singer humming/giggling while the pastor shouts a sermon,” the fan account @LanaDelReyOnline reported earlier in January. “There are also 6 songs on the album that are 5 minutes or longer!”
So far, Lana has released the album’s title track last month to hold us over until Q2. “Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd” was posted to Lana’s official YouTube page today, featuring a gorgeous ballad about longing.
Songs will feature a slew of relevant, beloved people in music right now, include Jon Batiste, Bleachers, Father John Misty, Judah Smith, Tommy Genesis, & SYML Del Rey teased the album last week, in a club that circulated fan forums.
Speaking with Billie Eilish for Interview, Del Rey noted that she finished the record in September 2022 after writing a song about producer Jack Antonoff’s finace, Margaret Qualley.
“September 2022 was the very last song I wrote. It’s a song called ‘Margaret,’ about Jack Antonoff’s fiance. I was like, ‘You know what? I want to write a song for him.’ It lands right in the middle of the album. It’s funny, this album felt totally effortless. When I did Norman Fucking Rockwell! it was about world-building, whereas this was straight vibing.”
Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd: Lore
Though Lana didn’t come out with an album in 2022, Lana fans were treated to two albums in a calendar year in 2021. Her forthcoming album will be her first full-length release since Blue Banisters in October 2021, which came only five months after Chemtrails Over the Country Club, which was released in March 2021. We supposedly got to hear Lana on the track “Snow on the Beach” on Taylor Swift’s Midnights, but you’d be forgiven to wonder if she was actually even on the track. She also released the gorgeous “Watercolor Eyes,” which she recorded for Euphoria’s second season.
Del Rey hadn’t dropped hints about an album except for back in October, when she revealed she lost a laptop, cameras and hard drives containing music and a manuscript for her 200-page book after her car was broken into. To steal from a woman who gives us so much? Criminal! It’s unclear if this larceny affected the release date of the album.
Of course, some fans may have heard the new music. In the series of videos, which have now been deleted, Del Rey also pleaded with her fans to not listen to the new music.
“Please don’t listen to the music if you hear it because it’s not coming out yet,” Del Rey said. “And, in terms of the book, I loved the book that I lost with all of my heart and put a lot of passion into it. And in terms of the camcorders, we shall see what happens with that.”
Del Rey also revealed that the album’s title was almost Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd Pearl Watch Me on Ring a Bell Psycho Lifeguard, which she thankfully edited down.
Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd: Tracklist
- “The Grants”
- “Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd”
- “Judah Smith Interlude”
- “Candy Necklace”
- “Jon Batiste Interlude”
- “Paris, Texas”
- “Grandfather Please Stand On The Shoulders Of My Father While He’s Deep-Sea Fishing”
- “Let The Light In” (Feat. Father John Misty)
- “Margaret (feat. Bleachers)”
- “Peppers” (Feat. Tommy Genesis)
- “Taco Truck x VB”
Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd: Singles
Del Rey’s first single off the record, the sweeping titular track, landed in December 2022, followed by “A&W” on February 14 as a little Valentine’s Day treat. Listen to both, on repeat, below.
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