Lana Del Rey revealed the cover art and tracklist for her new album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, on Sunday and decided to address the racial demographics of the photo in an unprompted statement on Instagram that echoed her controversial 2020 note about critics. In the Instagram comment, Lana attempts to explain that the people pictured in her new cover art are her personal friends.
“There’s always turmoil and upheaval and in the midst of it- there’s always beautiful music too. Introducing my new album Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” she wrote, before going on to break down why she chose the photo:I also want to say that with everything going on this year! And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today. And damn! As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that, but thank you. My beautiful friend Valerie from Del Rio Mexico, my dearest friend Alex and my gorgeous friend Dakota Rain as well as my sweetheart Tatiana. These are my friends this is my life. We are all a beautiful mix of everything- some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything I do. In 11 years working I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to. My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.
Some fans noted that the statement had echoes of her May 2020 note that attempted to take aim at her critics but ended up singling out many artists that are women of color. At the time, Lana hit back against accusations of racism, saying she meant to use “my favorite singers” as examples of “certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice.” It seems her album cover explanation was meant to head off further criticism but may have the opposite effect considering the relatively muted discussion about the issue beforehand.
She also shared the album’s full tracklist and teased the music video for its title track, which is set to drop today.“White Dress”“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”“Yosemite”“Breaking Up Slowly”“Dance Till We Die”“For Free”
Chemtrails Over the Country Club is set for release in March. It will be Lana’s first album since the release of her Grammy-nominated Norman F-cking Rockwell! in 2019.