Lana Del Rey announces new album release date, shares open letter

Lana season will be in September this year.

Lana Del Rey has confirmed the release date of her new album. Writing in an open letter on Instagram, the singer announced that the follow up to Norman Fucking Rockwell! will be released on 5 September this year.

Posted this morning, Del Rey’s letter opens by asking “now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

The singer goes on to highlight how “female writers and alt singers” have criticised her lyrics for glamorising abuse when “in reality, I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world.” While seeming to champion the freedom female artists have gained to explore a broader range of topics in their music in the last 10 years, Del Rey makes clear that she feels the courtesy afforded to some of her peers hasn’t been extended to her, claiming “it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.”

As the letter concludes, Del Rey explains that she’ll be expanding on her feelings in two upcoming collections of poetry – proceeds from which she’ll donate to Native American foundations – as well as her upcoming album. The post was followed shortly after by a screenshot of the singer on FaceTime with producer Jack Antonoff, who produced much of Norman Fucking Rockwell!.

Read Lana Del Rey’s letter in full at the top of this article.