The track follows another recent new song called ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’, which the singer released last week.
The full song premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music today (September 18) after Del Rey teased the track on her Instagram account.
Speaking to Lowe about the song, Del Rey said: “I played it for my managers and I was like, “Yeah, I think this is the single I want to put out.” And they were like, “It’s 10 minutes long. Are you kidding me? It’s called ‘Venice Bitch.’” Like, “Why do you do this to us? Can you make a three minute normal pop song?” I was like, “Well, end of summer, some people just wanna drive around for 10 minutes get lost in some electric guitar.”
Speaking of the album, she said: “Working with Jack, I was in a little bit of a lighter mood because he was so funny. So the title track is called ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ and it’s kind of about this guy who is such a genius artist but he thinks he’s the shit and he knows it and he like won’t shut up talking about it. So often I ended up with these creative types or whatever, and you know, they just go on and on about themselves, and I’m like, “Yeah, yeah.” But there’s a little bit of merit to it also. They are so good. I just like the title track so much that I was like, “OK, I definitely want the record to also be called that.”
“In the song ‘Venice Bitch’ there’s like another little reference to Norman Rockwell, which didn’t have to be in there. I don’t even remember if I threw it in there intentionally just to pop that message in a little further. I can’t even remember what I was thinking, but I think when I was writing this song, it was a more happy take on love and it was just sort of about like, “I tour, you write. We make it work.” And also you know I love having painter references because I think sometimes when you’re writing you’re sort of trying to paint these ideas into existence, because I’m very visual too. So yeah, I don’t know. I know it’s a crazy title, but that’s just the title of the record.”
You can watch the video for ‘Venice Bitch’ below. The video was made by her sister and artist, Chuck.
Del Rey confirmed she will release a new album in 2019 while speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac last week (September 12).
Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter contributed a song to a documentary about Elvis Presley. The track, ‘Elvis’, was one of three songs she had released in 2008 under the name Sparkler Jump Rope Queen.
The star recently pulled out of Israel’s Meteor Festival. She had been criticised for planning to perform in the country while a cultural boycott is taking place, but she had promised to visit both Israel and Palestine during her time there.
She said the reason for her cancellation was not due to pressure put on her but because it wouldn’t be possible for her to also visit Palestine during her visit “with such short notice”. “Therefore I’m postponing my appearance at the Meteor Festival until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region,” she wrote.