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"Lust for Life" is a song by Lana Del Rey featuring The Weeknd. It is the title track from Del Rey's upcoming fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album. It was co-written with The Weeknd, Max Martin and Rick Nowels and co-produced with Nowels, Kieron Menzies and Dean Reid. The song was officially released as the second single from Lust for Life on April 19, 2017.
The song was registered at ASCAP under Del Rey's name during March 2017, with The Weeknd credited as a co-writer under his real name Abel Tesfaye. After the song was registered, Del Rey teased the collboration on March 26, when she tweeted "X💕O", The Weeknd's signature logo, and she also teased it when she included the same 'XO' logo in the Lust for Life album trailer. The song was officially released on April 19, 2017, after being premiered worldwide on BBC Radio 1. "Lust for Life" is the first track Del Rey has released that features another artist.
Writing and productionEditar
In an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed Magazine, Del Rey opened up about writing the song and working with producer Max Martin and stated: "So basically, "Lust for Life" was the first song I wrote for the record, but it was kind of a Rubik’s Cube. I felt like it was a big song but... it wasn’t right. I don’t usually go back and re-edit things that much, because the songs end up sort of being what they are, but this one song I kept going back to. I really liked the title. I liked the verse. John Janick was like, ‘Why don’t we just go over and see what Max Martin thinks?’ So, I flew to Sweden and showed him the song. He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus. So I went back to Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it. But then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies. Now I’m finally happy with it." During and interview with BBC Radio 1's MistaJam while premiering the song she stated that: "I really felt like [The Weeknd] just added so much to it — it was the perfect track for him to join me on."
Commercial performance Editar
Upon release, "Lust for Life" was a success for Del Rey commercially. The song quickly went to #1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart, becoming her second consecutive single from Lust for Life to do so, and in less than 24 hours the official audio gained over 4.7 million views on YouTube. The track also peaked at #3 on the Worldwide iTunes Song Charts.
- The line "my boyfriend's back and he's cooler than ever" is similar to the line "yeah, my boyfriend's pretty cool, but he's not as cool as me" in "Brooklyn Baby".
- The "H of the Hollywood sign" is also mentioned in the Lust for Life album trailer monologue.
- The melody during the lyrics "take off, take off" is the same as in "Without You" during the lyrics "hello, hello".
Background and description Editar
An official audio video was released on Del Rey's VEVO channel on April 19, 2017. It features The Weeknd and Del Rey sitting on the edge of the Hollywood sign while holding hands. The clip features interpolation of shots from the album trailer. It was directed by Clark Jackson, who also directed the Lust for Life album trailer and produced the "Love" music video. The video gained over 4.7 million views in 24 hours, becoming Del Rey's video to garner the most views in its first 24 hours of being uploaded.
Official music video Editar
On May 14, 2017, Del Rey announced that an official music video for "Lust for Life" would be released soon.
Official versions Editar
- Single version – 4:24
- Radio edit – 3:40
- Lana Del Rey – vocals, production, composition
- Abel Tesfaye – vocals, composition
- Rick Nowels – production, piano, keyboard, mellotron, composition
- Dean Reid – engineering, mixing, drums, bass guitar, percussion, synthesizer programmer, vocoder, sound effects
- David Levita – electric guitar
- Kieron Menzies – engineering, mixing, drums
- Zac Rae – synthesizer
- Ali Payami – drums
- Mighty Mike – bongo
- Max Martin – bass programming, composition
- Jordan Stilwell – engineering
- Trevor Yasuda – engineering
- Adam Ayan – mastering engineer
|Chart (2017)|| Peak|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||51|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||17|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||22|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||39|
|Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)||35|
|Finland Download (Suomen virallinen latauslista)||11|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||65|
|Hungary (Single Top 40)||15|
|New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)||1|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||29|
|Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)||24|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||48|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||38|
|US Billboard Hot 100||64|
|US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)||21|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||4|
|US Rock Digital Song Sales (Billboard)||2|
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