Lana Del Rey Talks ‘Lust For Life’ In ‘Dazed’ Cover Story: 7 Gorgeous Pics
The first interview of Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life era arrives today (April 18) and it’s a beauty. The dream-pop goddess spoke to Courtney Love for Dazed magazine and opened up about her new album. For example, she reveals that there’s a collaboration with Sean Lennon. “It’s called ‘Tomorrow Never Came,'” she tells the Hole lead singer. “I kept on thinking about who this song was for or who could do it with me, and then I realized that he would be a good person… because that whole concept of peace and love really is in his veins and in his family.”
There’s also a song with The Weeknd. “He is actually on the title track of the record, ‘Lust for Life’. Maybe that’s kind of weird to have a feature on the title track, but I really love that song and we had said for a while that we were gonna do something; I did stuff on his last two records,” Lana confides. This is where it gets really interesting. Max Martin helped perfect the song. “I felt like it was a big song but… it wasn’t right.” So she flew to Sweden to play it for pop’s human hit-machine.
“He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus. So I went back to [producer] Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear [The Weeknd] sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it. But then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies.”
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit for me was Lana acknowledging her 2008 debut LP, Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant. “I got a contract with this indie label called 5 Points Records in 2007,” she says. “They gave me $10,000 and I found this trailer in New Jersey, across the Hudson – Bergen Light Rail. So, I moved there, I finished school and I made that record, which was shelved for two and a half years, and then came out for, like, three months. But I was proud of myself. I felt like I had arrived, in my own way.” read the full interview here.