Lana Del Rey’s album covers are a huge part of her iconography. When the singer teased her then-forthcoming Lust for Life artwork before the album’s release earlier this year, a popular fan theory that all four of her covers tell a single story took off, partly because it was so convincing.
You can thank visual artist Chuck Grant’s attention to detail for that. Chuck, Lana’s sister, shot the glossy, saturated, beautiful cover photos for Lust for Life and Honeymoon as well as some of LDR’s single artwork. And based on what Lana told MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson at the 2017 EMA, Chuck could be shooting the upcoming music video for “Cherry,” too, right alongside her sister.
“I spoke to a few different directors about ideas I had and nobody liked any of them, so I think I might do it myself, for ‘Cherry,'” Lana said. “Maybe with my sister.”
One of those ideas included a visual for her song “Change” that evoked escalating nuclear tensions perhaps a bit strongly. So, for “Cherry,” Lana’s imagining a more back-to-basics approach with Chuck: “We were thinking, we should just go back to the old days and do our handheld stuff in a hotel or something.”
If it has Chuck’s touch, it’s totally feasible we could end up with yet another entry in the LDR visual evolution. Maybe it’ll have something to do with, oh, I don’t know, an old green pickup?
In October 2015, Del Rey announced that she planned writing material for her new record. She stated that her last two albums had a “Californian” sound, but if she were to make an album with a “New York” sound it would be a little harder, faster, more upbeat, and less dreamy. In January 2016, Del Rey was nominated with the “Favorite Female Artist” award at the People’s Choice Awards, and she also received a BRIT Award nomination for International Female Solo Artist, her third nomination in the category and fourth overall. In February and March 2016, Del Rey and her managers, respectively, officially revealed that she began working on her fifth studio album, just months after releasing her fourth.
In 2016, Del Rey performed on two songs on The Weeknd’s third studio album Starboy. She provided uncredited backing vocals on “Party Monster” and was featured on an interlude entitled “Stargirl Interlude”.
Del Rey performing at the Flow Festival, 2017.
“Love”, the lead single off of Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust for Life, was released on February 18, 2017. The music video was directed by Rich Lee.
Soon after, Lust for Life was officially announced on March 29, 2017, when a trailer for the album was uploaded to Del Rey’s VEVO account. The album includes collaborations with Stevie Nicks and other artists, and was released on July 21, 2017. About the album, Del Rey stated “I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.”
During a livestream in February 2017, Del Rey described the aesthetic of the album as having a “retro sensibility with a futuristic flair”. She released the official cover art for Lust for Life on April 11, 2017. Her first collaboration, “Lust for Life” featuring The Weeknd, was released on April 19, 2017 as the second single from the album. Del Rey released the song “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind” on May 15, 2017.
On July 12, BBC Radio 1 aired “Summer Bummer”, which features A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti, and “Groupie Love” which features Rocky as well. Lust for Life received widespread critical acclaim and became Del Rey’s third album number-one in the United Kingdom, and second album number-one album in the United States.
On September 27, 2017, Del Rey announced the LA to the Moon Tour, an official concert tour with Jhené Aiko and Kali Uchis to further promote the album. The tour is scheduled to begin in North America during January 2018.