Lana Del Rey 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club': Release date, concept, tracklist, teaser and all you need to know about her 7th album
‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’ is scheduled to release on January 11, 2021
Lana Del Rey has finally released the date for her seventh album 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club'. In a 25-seconds video, the singer has teased fans with a number of different concepts donning luxurious outfits and showing how the album will come to life. The highly-anticipated follow-up to 2019's 'Norman F**king Rockwell!' has seen many rumored release dates in the last few months, finally, Rey has announced that her seventh album will be releasing on January 11, 2021.
The album has raised fans' hope especially given how many thought Rey was robbed of a Grammy for her previous record. It should certainly be interesting to see just how she manages to up the ante yet again with her latest release. Prior to the album release, Rey also made her first TV appearance after nine years with her live performance ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’ on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’. ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’, a single from her upcoming album was released in October 2020 which only further fueled the anticipation for 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club'.
As we patiently await the album's eventual drop, here's everything we know so far about the release.
‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’ is scheduled to release on January 11, 2021 by Interscope Records and Polydor Records. The album previously titled ‘White Hot Forever’ was supposed to release in September 2020 but got pushed to production delays due to Covid 19 Pandemic.
Rey took to her official Twitter account to reveal the cover art of ther seventh album. She shared the cover art and the tracklist with three pictures and captioned the post as, “Introducing ‘chemtrails over the country club’ Love you. Hope you love it.” In the monochrome cover art, we see a bunch of ladies from different age group sitting together on a single table while Rey stands behind them giving all the spotlight to the ladies.
Introducing— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 10, 2021
‘chemtrails over the country club’
Love you. Hope you love it. pic.twitter.com/w9hhaTXKtR
Concept and Background
After confirming a new album was in the works, Rey stayed mostly silent about its official release. But while her fans theorized about her music, Rey found herself courting controversy earlier in May when she penned a letter about the industry's double-standards when it came to what version of femininity it was willing to accept. The issue that many people took with Rey's statement was related largely to her assertion that the softer, vulnerable version of femininity was looked down upon, while the stronger version espoused by her fellow chart-toppers (at the time, mostly Black women) was often praised. Rey, known for her cinematic and glamor-laced take on melancholia and tragic romance, has often found herself being accused of "glamorizing abuse" through her work, a claim she denied, instead declaring that she simply sang about her own experiences. At the end of this letter, she listed the release date for the album as September 5.
Rey's work has been praised by critics and fans alike for its ability to craft an alternate world, one that is seemingly inspired by 1950s and 1960s Americana. Since her letter in May, Rey has gone on to share several videos of her on a set, filming for the title track. She additionally revealed another track named 'Let Me Love You Like a Woman' would serve as the album's pre-release single, before confirming the album would be coming out "soon." Based on the visuals of the set, including a vintage car and classic fashion of the '50s era, it appears the singer will continue to tell her tale, despite the criticisms.
Rey's previous album, 'Norman F**king Rockwell!', was her most critically-acclaimed release to-date. The album was hailed by many as being a fantastic pop record that beautifully incorporated pop-culture iconography -- something Rey is a master at -- and depicting a glamorized, rosey post-war America that reveled in its simplicity while enjoying brief dalliances with its twisted fantasies. While some chastised the singer for being a 'one-trick pony', others noted that it was something Rey did so well, there was hardly a reason for her to mess it up. Going by the little teasers the singer has given fans, it appears she will continue to explore the world she has created through her previous work, and it will most likely be just as grand -- if not grander -- than her last album.
In addition to 'Chemtrails over the Country Club', Rey will also be released a spoken-word audiobook titled 'Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass' on September 29. The release marks Rey's debut as an author and will feature a collection of over thirty original poems, including thirteen longer poems and several shorter pieces, and photography. A substantial portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to groups of Rey's choosing in her efforts to offer reparations to the Native American community. A second book 'Behind the Iron Gates – Insights from the Institution' is due in March 2021.
After teasing her loyal fan base for months, Lana Del Rey finally revealed the official tracklist of her much-awaited album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club.’ The album is stacked with 11 tracks and this is how the list of songs from her new record looks like:
‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’
‘Tulsa Jesus Freak’
‘Let Me Love You Like a Woman’
‘Wild at Heart’
‘Dark But Just a Game’
‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’
‘Breaking Up Slowly’
‘Dance Till We Die’
No details have been revealed about potential features on the album. One rumor that gained significant traction, however, was that singer-songwriter Clairo would feature on the album. This stemmed from a Twitter account speculating this may happen. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be much to go off of, but given that this account accurately predicted that Megan Thee Stallion would feature on Cardi B's 'WAP' and that Selena Gomez was the mystery artiste on Blackpink's 'Ice Cream', it led many to believe this prediction was based in truth as well. Clairo, however, has denied the rumor, responding to the prediction with a simple, "I’m not!!" before adding, "But I’m sure it’s going to be great."
i'm not !! but i'm sure it's going to be great— claire cottrill (@clairo) September 4, 2020
Whether the account finally got one wrong or not is yet to be seen.