The song was written and recorded some time in 2012 by Del Rey and Rick Nowels. It was intended for use on Paradise, the re-release of Born to Die. On June 15, 2012, Del Rey sung an a cappella of the chorus on radio when asked what music would be on her new album and at that time the song was referred to as "Will You Still Love Me When I'm No Longer Young and Beautiful". The song failed to make the final tracklist of Paradise. The song is registered on ASCAP as "Will You Still Love Me" and "Young and Beautiful" and on ISWC as "Will You Still Love Me". An alternate orchestral version titled "Young and Beautiful (DH Orchestral Version)" produced by Dan Heath was released alongside the Rick Nowels version of the single. A demo of the song leaked on June 9, 2013, and a higher quality version leaked on August 6, 2015 (leaked as "Alt. Mix"). The a cappella of the demo leaked on July 2, 2016. The original file of the demo is called "Young-And-Beautiful-KM-mix-045".
The song is composed in the key of B minor. Del Rey's dreamy vocals, ranging from D3 to A4, are draped over sedated strings and canned percussion. The lyrics rotate around the themes of pleasing a lover, nostalgia, and the gloom of aging.
In The Great GatsbyEdit
On November 24, 2012, Del Rey teased at being featured on a soundtrack during an interview on the Dutch show Langs De Leeuw, explaining "one thing that I have been doing [...] is helping composers write scores for movies." She went on to say "there's a movie coming out this summer that's set in the 1920s, and it's been fun for me to write love songs for the woman." On February 7, 2013, Del Rey tweeted "GATSBY" [sic], confirming fans' suspicions. On April 4, 2013, the first studio snippet of the song was released in a trailer for the film, with media outlets confirming the song to be released as a single on April 23, 2013. The song was available to buy in Australia on April 21, and was unofficially released onto the internet shortly afterwards.
The song was met with widespread acclaim from critics. Hip hop magazine Rap-Up called the single "haunting", while MTV called it "somber-sounding". Jason Lipshutz of Billboard called the ballad, "typically lush", paralleling the single with Del Rey's previous hits, "Video Games" and "Born to Die". Canadian journal National Post said "Young and Beautiful" picks up where "Video Games" left off, stating the song was relevant to the book because of "...its obsession with decay and the fleeting nature of the good life certainly resonate." The journal continued to call it an "artifact" of Del Rey's consistently dark tone, adding that by the second play-through "its bald directness becomes its appeal." MTV commented that the track "falls very much in-line with what Lana Del Rey's fans have come to expect" from Del Rey. Jeff Benjamin of Fuse said the track featured "a big, sweeping ballad with piano, violins and Lana's warbly delivery." He added that "if the single takes off, perhaps the songbird can finally scrub her image clean of that 'Girl that totally f-cked [sic] up her Saturday Night Live debut' tag." Rolling Stone 's Jody Rosen recognized "Young and Beautiful" as the album's centerpiece, calling it "inert" and "a drag" despite its symmetry with the album's entire theme. Finding the track restrained in comparison to her earlier work, August Brown, writing for The Los Angeles Times, called the single "clean" and "classy". "Young and Beautiful" was given a positive review by Stereogum 's Tom Breihan, although he disapproved of the vapidity of the line: "make me wanna party".
The song was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Live performances Edit
Del Rey publicly performed the song live for the very first time on April 30, 2013, in Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, at Rockhal as part of the 2013 Paradise Tour, and the song continued to be included in the setlist for the 2013 and 2014 legs of the Paradise Tour. Del Rey has also performed the song live at select shows and appearances since then. In 2018, the song was included in the LA to the Moon Tour setlist as the last part of a three-part medley with "Change" and "Black Beauty".
|Released||May 10, 2013|
|Filmed||April 26, 2013|
|Vevo views||376+ Million views|
Background and description Edit
The official music video of the song was released on May 10, 2013. Del Rey is shown singing the song in a dark room with glittery diamond-tears on her cheek which look like tattoos.
Photoshoots by Sophie Muller and Matthew Walder Edit
The Orchestral Score from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great GatsbyEdit
Craig Armstrong's The Orchestral Score from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby features three orchestral scores that sample "Young and Beautiful". The album was released on January 1, 2013 and the tracks 4, 6, and 11 feature Del Rey. Two of them sample lyrics too.
|4.||"Hotel Sayre"||Craig Armstrong||Armstrong||3:22|
|6.||"Two Minutes to Four and Reunited"||Armstrong||Armstrong||3:48|
|11.||"Magic Tree and I Let Myself Go"||Lana Del Rey, Walter De Backer, Rick Nowels, Armstrong||Armstrong||5:17|
- The phrase "like a child" also appears in "American" and "Fake Diamond".
- Many of the lyrics directly reference "Bel Air".
- The phrase "electric soul" is reminiscent of "Body Electric".
- The line "had my cake now" anaphorically references the line "I want my cake and I want to eat it too" from "Lolita"; the same line crops up in "Girl That Got Away".
- The new age is also mentioned in "National Anthem".
- The theme of Del Rey worrying about her man not being in heaven also appears in "Born to Die".
- The line "will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" is similar to "will you still love me when I shine from words but not from beauty?" from "Old Money".
- Joplin is also mentioned in "Hollywood", though it's possible that it's a reference to Scott Joplin rather than Janis Joplin.
- Rock and roll is also mentioned in "St. Tropez", "The Greatest", "JFK" and "West Coast".
- References to diamonds appear in many Del Rey's songs, most notably "Money Power Glory" and "Last Girl on Earth".
- The question "will you still love me" is similar to "do you still love me" from "How Do You Know Me so Well?".
Official versions Edit
- Final version — 3:56
- A cappella version — 3:48
- Music video version — 3:58
- Dan Heath Orchestral version — 3:52
- Bryan Ferry's "Young and Beautiful (Salon)" Jazz Instrumental version — 2:30
- Demo version 1 (Paradise version) — 3:56 (produced by Rick Nowels)
- Demo version 2 (snippet) — 0:12
- Jazz Foxtrot version — 2:18
- "Two Minutes to Four and Reunited" — 3:48
- "Magic Tree and I Let Myself Go" — 5:17
- "Hotel Sayre" — 3:22
- Cedric Gervais Remix — 6:59
- Cedric Gervais Remix Radio Edit — 3:44
- Cedric Gervais Remix Radio Edit / DJ Soft Edit — 3:44
- Cedric Gervais Club Remix — 4:37
- Kaskade Remix — 6:00
- Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Remix — 6:39
- MS54 Remix (Radio Edit)
Young & Beautiful CD by Universal Music in EuropeEdit
Young And Beautiful CD by Universal Music in FranceEdit
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, vocals
- Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, piano, keyboards
- Dan Heath — additional production, keyboards, programming
- Rob Orton — mixing
- Kieron Menzies — engineering
- Patrick Warren — strings, bells, keyboards, electric guitar, musette, piano
- Al Shux — additional production, programming
- Craig Armstrong — strings
- Devrim Karaoglu — drums
- Trevor Yasuda — engineering
- Jordan Stillwell — engineering
- Jon Ingoldsby — engineering
- Blaise Thomas — assistant production
- Geoff Foster — recording
- Gene Grimaldi — mastering
Charts and certificationsEdit
Weekly charts Edit