Lana Del Rey has spoken about her record label’s discontent prior to the release of latest album ‘Ultraviolence’.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Del Rey revealed that Interscope and Polydor’s dissatisfaction led to a six-week period when the record was in limbo.
“I mean, I think there were people they wanted me to work with,” said the singer. “I don’t know who they were. When I said I was ready, they were like, ‘Are you sure? Because I feel like you could go further.'”
The album – Del Rey’s third – was primarily produced by The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach, who spoke of his frustration at label interference.
“There was a lot of bullshit I’m not used to,” said Auerbach. “The label says, ‘We’re not going to give you the budget to extend this session unless we hear something.’ And we send them the rough mix and they fucking hate it and they hate the way it’s mixed. And it’s like, ‘Thanks, asshole.’… I think Lana put her foot down. Maybe it’s normal for her, but it’s not normal for me. Really rubbed me the wrong way. I got really defensive because I thought it was bullshit.”
He continued: “The story I got told is that they played it for her label person and they said, ‘We’re not putting out this record that you and Dan made unless you meet with the Adele producer’. And she said, ‘Fine, whatever’. And she was late to the meeting, so while they were waiting, the label guy played what we recorded for the Adele producer and he said, ‘This is amazing, I wouldn’t do anything to change this.’ And here’s the kicker: Then all of a sudden, the label guy said, ‘Well, yeah, I think it’s great, too.'”
Released in June, the album debuted at number 1 in the US album charts, selling 182,000 copies.
Del Rey recently spoke about working with Auerbach, affirming that the 35-year-old made her feel “interesting”.
“At the point I met Dan I didn’t feel that confident. It sounds strange but him being interested in me made me feel interesting. He was a guy and he just kind of treated me like this New Yorker girl who wanted to make a record and was like, ‘Hey, let’s just see what happens.’ But he was in love with the songs.”