Lana Del Rey has a new album coming out, and confirmed the follow-up to 2019's Grammy-nominated album Norman Fucking Rockwell! will be released this coming September.
She made the announcement at the end of a lengthy note posted to her Instagram on Wednesday night, May 20. But before she confirmed the news, she defended herself against detractors who criticized her work for "glamorizing abuse" and expressed her frustration with "female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I'm just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world." It's a valid point, as Rey is known for her sweeping, melancholic songs about the dark side of romance, like 2014's "Ultraviolence" in which she sings "He hit me and it felt like a kiss" and "give me all of that ultraviolence."
But her remarks at the beginning of the note threw her into the Twitter lion's den. Rey name-dropped artists (mainly women of color) and implied that she has faced more criticism than them for her "minor lyrical exploration of detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships."
"Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc—can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money, or whatever I want, without being crucified or saying that I'm glamorizing abuse?" Rey's note comes just one week after Doja Cat's "Say So Remix" featuring Nicki Minaj topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Both made history as the first Black women to hold the number one spot on the Hot 100 chart.
Fans were quick to point out that Rey could've gotten her point across without mentioning the artists in her message; including them implied the other artists haven't endured as much criticism as her.