Lana Del Rey Announces ‘Norman F*cking Rockwell’ & Releases Her “Venice B!tch” Video
Lana Del Rey dropped her track “Mariners Apartment Complex” last week and now returns with her latest single “Venice B!tch,” produced by Jack Antonoff. Both tracks are off her forthcoming album Norman F*cking Rockwell, set to release next year on Interscope.
Her latest single “Venice B!tch,” is a 10-minute long track but you’ll barely notice as she croons over then record ever-so gracefully. In addition, Lana Del Rey discussed on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show how “Venice B!tch” was chosen as the next single, even though it’s a 10-minute record.
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.”
Lana gives 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.
In the interview Lana also mentioned she’s working on getting her pilot’s license and she’s learning how to sail. Furthermore, she’s also working on releasing a collection of poetry and short stories entitled Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass. You can watch the full 10 minute video above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.