Chemtrails Over the Country Club (originally titled White Hot Forever) is the upcoming seventh studio album and sixth major-label studio album by Lana Del Rey. The album is set to be released on December 10th, 2020 or January 7th, 2021.
Background[edit | edit source]
Del Rey first revealed that she had been working on a new record on August 30, 2019, the release date of Norman Fucking Rockwell!, in an interview with Al Horner for The Times. In the interview, she announced that the title of the project would be White Hot Forever and explained that parts of the album had already been written. Del Rey estimated that the record would most likely be released within 12 to 13 months of the interview, in 2020, as a surprise release. Del Rey also revealed that the record will sound similar to her previous album, Norman Fucking Rockwell!.
On November 6, 2019, a fan on Reddit said Del Rey told her that White Hot Forever might not be the album name. Their claims have been proven true as on Instagram, where Del Rey revealed that her new album title would be Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
On July 25, 2020 an ATRL insider confirmed that the album is finished and in the process of mastering. The track "Let Me Love You like a Woman" was confirmed to be on the tracklist.
On August 6, 2020 Del Rey posted a snippet of the track "Tulsa Jesus Freak" to her Instagram. Later, she archived the post but the video is still available on her Facebook page.
On August 25, 2020 Del Rey's hairstylist insinuated at something being released or announced on August 29, 2020 in his recent Instagram post. He also used potential song lyrics or a quote from a new poem in the caption.However, nothing on that day was released.
On September 1, 2020 Del Rey announced in an Instagram post that the song "Let Me Love You like a Woman" will be released as a single. It will come prior to the release of the album. In the video she also mentioned that she and her team are filming a music video for the title track "Chemtrails Over the Country Club". It was shot and directed by BRTHR. Del Rey also tagged Neil Krug, the photographer who worked on the Ultraviolence cover, in the caption. That suggests that he may be shooting the album cover. Possibly, this was what Del Rey's hairdresser had been hinting at in his previously mentioned post.
In the Interview magazine it was confirmed that Del Rey produced the entirety of the album along with Jack Antonoff. Although later, Del Rey confirmed that Zach Dawes was a co-producer for the potential track "Dealer".
On October 22, 2020, Del Rey posted a behind-the-scenes video of the footage for a music video to both her Instagram and Twitter accounts. On Instagram, she tagged BRTHR in the caption. Later, the producer confirmed on his Instagram story that a music video is coming soon.
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
In an interview for Q Magazine during October 2019, Del Rey hinted at the theme of the album saying, “I only think of star signs for the next thing I’m doing.”
On May 21, 2020 Del Rey posted an annoucement to her Instagram profile, in which she talked about double standards in the women music industry. She also mentioned that she will talk about this topic more on her new record: “I’m sure there will be tinges of what I’ve been pondering in my new album”.
Artwork[edit | edit source]
Release[edit | edit source]
Del Rey took to Instagram on May 21, 2020 to announce the release date of the album. It was originally planned to be a September 5th date. However, the album on that day was not released. The announcement came at the end of an Instagram post, in which Del Rey slammed double standards for women in the music industry.
On October 2, 2020, during a book signing event for the poetry book Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, Del Rey said that the album will eventually be released on December 10th or January 7th. The reason for the delay was the production process of vinyls.
Singles[edit | edit source]
The album's first promotional single titled "Let Me Love You like a Woman" was released worldwide on October 16, 2020.
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
Confirmed songs[edit | edit source]
- "Breaking Up Slowly" (feat. Nikki Lane)
- "Chemtrails Over the Country Club"
- "Let Me Love You like a Woman"
- "Tulsa Jesus Freak"
- "White Dress / Waitress"
Speculated songs[edit | edit source]
- "Grenadine Quarantine"
- "If This is the End... I Want a Boyfriend"
- "Looking for America"
- "White Hot Forever"
- "Hey Blue Baby"
- "I Must Be Stupid For Being So Happy"
- Unknown song (feat. Zella Day & Weyes Blood)
References[edit | edit source]
- Lana Del Rey: ‘Trump’s personality problem is hurting people and encouraging violence’
- Del Rey's hairstylist's Instagram post
- Lana Del Rey's announcement
- Lana Del Rey's post about a music video
- Del Rey confirms release date of seventh studio album via Instagram
- https://www.instagram.com/p/B9zXAHfnLcA/ . These voice memos were recorded during the "Quarantine" time
- Possible collaboration