One of the things I truly respect about Lana Del Rey is that she has a laser-sharp point of view about who she is as an artist and how she wants to express her music. Over the last eighteen months, a few nay-saying pop purists have continued to question the authenticity of her music, but the truth is that Lana Del Rey is not a studio concoction who was engineered by soundboard professionals and fashion stylists. Far from it, and I'll be the first to come to her defense.
Case in point is that about four years ago I was contacted via Facebook by the singer who wanted to share her new, independently-released EP with me. As noted by Spin Magazine, I responded to Lana's note, and listened to her music that already had the makings of the sound and vision that she has fully developed today. The lush nostalgia that marks Lana's sound now has always been there and comes from a very genuine place.
Following the release of "Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)" last year, Del Rey returned this week with "Young & Beautiful," a brand-new song that is included on the The Great Gatsby soundtrack that will be released on May 7. The song captures everything we've come to love about the singer with its grand, cinematic flourishes, the singer's enternal longing and lyrics that paint a faded glamour.
The Great Gatsby's executive producer Jay-Z worked with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann to compile a soundtrack that would translate the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel into "the musical equivalents of our own times, through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz and other contemporary musical textures," according to a press release.
The soundtrack also includes new music by Beyoncé and André 3000, Florence & The Machine, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra and others. Given the scope and story, Lana Del Rey's "Young & Beautiful" is without a doubt the compilation's centerpiece. "It was an honor to work with Baz Lurhmann on his amazing adaptation of one of the most extraordinary books ever written," Rey explains. "The movie is highly glamorous and exciting. Rick Nowels and I were thrilled to write the song for the film."
Beginning May 7th, Target stores and Target.com will be the exclusive U.S. retailer of the of the 17-track deluxe edition of the album. That date will also see the album available at digital retailers (available for pre-order today). A 14-track physical version will also be available at Starbucks in the U.S. and Canada, and widely, both physically and digitally, at various retailers.
Lana Del Rey "Young & Beautiful" (IGA)
Written by Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels
Produced by Rick Nowels