In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, in October 2019, Del Rey said that she's been plotting out a "concept covers album" called Pacific Blue:
- "Somewhere in the back of my mind, I’ve been coordinating this concept covers album called “Pacific Blue.” It would be a very low-key thing, like acoustic Beach Boys stuff, Elvis, Chris Isaak. People usually think your career is over when you record a covers album or a Christmas album. But my musician friends and I are always playing covers. We could probably do that album in a week."
On November 4, 2020, Lana Del Rey revealed that due to the extension of vinyl production, Chemtrails Over the Country Club would be postponed to the summer of 2021, so she decided to release a digital album full of covers on December 25, 2020, to compensate for the album delay. The album was not released that day, and was seemingly delayed.
On September 11, 2021, Del Rey shared that she was continuing to work on her covers album "a couple days out of the week."
In an Instagram Live on October 22, 2021, Del Rey revealed that she was seriously considering combining her covers album with her country album, possibly the Nikki Lane collaboration album.
The supposed first single off the album titled "Summertime The Gershwin Version" was released on November 20, 2020. The song's existence was revealed through a reliable leaker on November 18, 2020, and Lana announced and released the song on all platforms the following day. Lana used the song as a fundraiser for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and announced that she will be making donations to both in a move to advocate support for struggling artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Harry Nilsson cover
- "Summertime The Gershwin Version"
- "On Eagles' Wings"