Lana Del Rey Reveals, Immediately Defends New Album Chemtrails Over the Country Club Cover – Vulture
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On Sunday, Lana Del Rey dropped the cover art and tracklist for her highly-anticipated upcoming album Chemtrails Over the Country Club, which will include songs like “Tulsa Jesus Freak” and “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” as well as the EP’s previously-revealed single, “Let Me Love You Like a Woman,” which premiered this past fall. In an interesting nod to the plot of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, the singer also penned an Instagram comment in which she attempts to reverse the flow of the Internet’s entropy and defend Chemtrails’ cover art against any and all future criticisms that could be leveled at it, including, seemingly, that her inclusion of women of color could be seen as an attempt to counteract her bad press from this spring. In fact, Del Rey goes wide enough to conclude with the lines: “I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.” Phew!
“I also want to say that with everything going on this year! And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today. And damn!,” the singer wrote in the since-deleted comment, captured here by Stereogum. “As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover, yes, there are people of color on this record’s picture and that’s all I’ll say about that. But thank you. My beautiful friend Valerie from Del Rio Mexico, my dearest friend Alex and my gorgeous friend Dakota Rain as well as my sweetheart Tatiana. These are my friends, this is my life. We are all a beautiful mix of everything – some more than others, which is visible and celebrated in everything I do.”
“In 11 years working I have always been extremely inclusive without trying to,” continued Del Rey. “My best friends are rappers, my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world, my putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.”
Back in May, the singer defended herself against criticism that her comments comparing her perceived reception to that of female artists of color like Beyoncé, Doja Cat, and FKA Twigs came across as tone deaf and racially insensitive. “The fact that they want to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility into a race war,” Del Rey said in a subsequent video attempting to clarify her statement. “It’s really bad. It’s actually really bad.”