Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd come together once again for "Lust For Life," the title track of Lana's upcoming fourth studio album. The song premiered on Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1 show, and finds the king and queen of romantic melancholy. Click here to stream or listen below:
"Lust For Life" is a smoky, '60s-inspired mid-tempo that find the two owning their sultry charm. "Take off, take off, take off all your clothes" Lana breathily coos on the chorus as The Weeknd reflects on how the good die young. It marks the third collaboration for the pair, who previously worked on Beauty Behind the Madness' "Prisoner" and Starboy's "Stargirl Interlude." But this is the first time The Weeknd is a feature for one of Lana's albums. She spoke about their latest tune with Courtney Love in the new issue of Dazed and Confused.
"Then, I also have Abel (Tesfaye), The Weeknd. He is actually on the title track of the record, Lust for Life," Del Rey explained. "Maybe that’s kind of weird to have a feature on the title track, but I really love that song and we had said for a while that we were gonna do something; I did stuff on his last two records." The singer continued,
"So basically, ‘Lust for Life’ was the first song I wrote for the record, but it was kind of a Rubik’s Cube. I felt like it was a big song but... it wasn’t right. I don’t usually go back and re-edit things that much, because the songs end up sort of being what they are, but this one song I kept going back to. I really liked the title. I liked the verse. John Janick was like, ‘Why don’t we just go over and see what Max Martin thinks?’ So, I flew to Sweden and showed him the song. He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus. So I went back to Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it. But then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies. Now I’m finally happy with it. (laughs) But we should do something. Like, soon."
She also noted there's a collaboration with Sean Lennon called "Tomorrow Never Came" and that "Love" (the first single off Lust For Life) was inspired by girl group Shangri-Las where she "wanted to go back to a bigger, more mid-tempo, single-y sound." As of now, there is no release date for Lust for Life, the follow-up to 2015's Honeymoon. But Del Rey did release a witchy album announcement trailer to hold fans over.
Next, read our Born to Die album retrospective for its 5th anniversary and watch a throwback Fuse interview where Lana Del Rey discusses her "Born to Die" music video and live performances: