Lana Del Rey Announces New Album 'Norman F*cking Rockwell,' Drops "Venice B!tch" Video

In addition to working on an album, she says she’s pursuing her pilot’s license, learning to sail and prepping a book of poetry and short stories.

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Lana Del Rey released her fantastic Jack Antonoff-produced track “Mariners Apartment Complex” last week and is back today (Sept. 18) with a new single “Venice B!tch,” which production is also handled by Antonoff. The two singles are off her forthcoming album Norman F*cking Rockwell, which drops in 2019 on Interscope.

To go along with the new single “Venice B!tch,” Del Rey releases a 10-minute video to accompany the song. Lana Del Rey discusses on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show how “Venice B!tch” was chosen as the next single, even though it’s a 10-minute song.

On her “Venice B!tch”

I played it for my managers and I was like, “Yeah, I think this is the single I want to put out.” And they were like, “It’s 10 minutes long. Are you kidding me? It’s called ‘Venice B!tch.’” Like, “Why do you do this to us? Can you make a three-minute normal pop song?” I was like, “Well, end of summer, some people just wanna drive around for 10 minutes, get lost in some electric guitar.”

On the meaning behind the LP title, Norman F*cking Rockwell:

Working with Jack, I was in a little bit of a lighter mood because he was so funny. So the title track is called “Norman F*cking Rockwell” and it’s kind of about this guy who is such a genius artist but he thinks he’s the shit and he knows it and he like won’t shut up talking about it. So often I ended up with these creative types or whatever, and you know, they just go on and on about themselves, and I’m like, “Yeah, yeah.” But there’s a little bit of merit to it also. They are so good. I just like the title track so much that I was like, “OK, I definitely want the record to also be called that.”

In the song “Venice B!tch” there’s like another little reference to Norman Rockwell, which didn’t have to be in there. I don’t even remember if I threw it in there intentionally just to pop that message in a little further. I can’t even remember what I was thinking, but I think when I was writing this song, it was a more happy take on love and it was just sort of about like, “I tour, you write. We make it work.” And also you know I love having painter references because I think sometimes when you’re writing you’re sort of trying to paint these ideas into existence because I’m very visual too. So yeah, I don’t know. I know it’s a crazy title, but that’s just the title of the record.

Also in the interview, Lana Del Rey said she’s getting her pilot’s license, learning to sail and she trying to release a collection of poetry and short stories with the working title Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass.

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