Lana Del Rey, the iconic pop star, surprised fans and the music industry alike by announcing her venture into country music with the upcoming album 'Lasso'. The announcement took place during the Billboard and NMPA Songwriter Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, where Del Rey paid tribute to producer Jack Antonoff, her collaborator on the new project.
In a moment of excitement, Lana Del Rey shared her enthusiasm for the country music wave sweeping through the industry, declaring, "If you can't already tell by our award winners and our performers, the music business is going country. We're going country. It's happening." She went on to reveal that her musical journey with Jack Antonoff over the last four years has resulted in a new album titled 'Lasso' scheduled for release in September. This marks Del Rey's 10th studio LP, following the success of her 2023 release, 'Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.'
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Jack Antonoff, a Grammy-winning producer, has been a key figure in Del Rey's recent successes. He is in contention for the producer of the year Grammy for the third consecutive year, a rare feat achieved only by Babyface. Del Rey praised Antonoff's talents and versatility, emphasizing that being nominated for producer of the year for five consecutive years is no stroke of luck.
'Lasso' follows Lana Del Rey's 2023 album, 'Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,' which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Del Rey's ability to seamlessly blend genres and experiment with her sound has been a hallmark of her career. The upcoming country-inspired album is poised to add another dimension to her musical repertoire.
Lana Del Rey's thrust into country was hinted at in recent performances where she covered classics like Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" and Elvis' "Unchained Melody". As anticipation builds for 'Lasso,' Lana Del Rey's fans can expect a fresh take on her music, showcasing her versatility and ability to evolve with each project. The singer is set to headline Coachella in April, marking her return to the festival after a decade and her first-ever headline performance.