Just days on from the release of her new album Chemtrails Over The Country Club, Lana Del Rey has pulled a classic Lana maneuver, hitting out at her critics while announcing the release of yet another album, Rock Candy Sweet, later this year.
It’s been something of a messy year for Lana Del Rey. She was criticised for wearing what appeared to be a mesh mask to an in-store event in the midst of Corona, and again for an Instagram post in which she seemingly bragged about having black friends to deflect potential criticism about racism.
Those are just two of the times she has been cancelled and called out in the last twelve months, and the list truly goes on and on. The point is that for those of us who still follow Lana’s career – and based off my close friends stories, that’s a lot of us – she is now officially a problematic fave.
As of today, she’s at it again. Taking to her stories, the singer shared a screengrab of a Harper’s Bazaar piece entitled ‘Lana Del Rey Can’t Qualify Herself Out Of Being Accountable’, with some rebuttal of her own over the top. She wrote (emphasis hers):
“JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE KIND ARTICLES LIKE THIS REMINDING ME THAT MY CAREER WAS BUILT ON CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AND GLAMORIZING DOMESTIC ABUSE. I WILL CONTINUE THOSE THOUGTS ON MY NEXT RECORD ON JUNE 1 TITLED ROCK CANDY SWEET.”
🚨| Lana Del Rey announces her eighth studio album ‘Rock Candy Sweet’ will be dropping on June 1st. pic.twitter.com/BDrBtNylNP
— Pop Base (@PopBase) March 20, 2021
So there you have it. Does two releases in the one calendar year mean that Lana Del Rey about to enter her Evermore era? Are we taking bets on whether Rock Candy Sweet will actually see the light of day on June 1, or will it be postponed to Christmas 2023? I’m figuratively dying to find out.