On May 3, 2014, the title was revealed in an interview with a French magazine as "Money, Power & Glory". The interview said the song would have hip-hop beats that American radio stations would love. An alternate version of the song mixed by Robert Orton is registered on PPL Repertoire, but remains unreleased and unleaked.
Writing and inspiration
Del Rey talked about writing "Money Power Glory" in a track by track commentary of Ultraviolence, stating she wrote the song at a time when she felt really frustrated because she felt like all that anybody was going to allow her was maybe, if she was lucky, was money, and power, in the form of infamy, rather than fame. She described the song as "a sarcastic response, psychologically, just to what I felt was going on".
Del Rey performed "Money Power Glory" live for the first time on the July 15, 2014 during Live at the Marquee festival in Cork, Ireland.
- Dope and diamonds are referenced in the first demo of "Diet Mountain Dew", where she sings "gimme them, gimme them dope and diamonds".
- "The sun also rises" is possibly referencing the 1926 novel by Ernest Hemingway of the same name; this is another of several literary references throughout her songs.
- Written by Lana Del Rey & Greg Kurstin.
- Vocals by Lana Del Rey.
- Produced & mixed by Greg Kurstin.
- Additional engineering by Alex Pasco & Julian Burg.
- Guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard by Greg Kurstin.
- Mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Studios, London.
- ISRC: GBUM71402016