Lana Del Rey has revealed that her record label were initially dissatisfied before the release of her latest album ‘Ultraviolence’.
Controversial American singer, Del Rey spoke out about Interscope and Polydor’s discontent to release her third album leading to a six-week period where the record was in limbo.
Speaking to Rolling Stone she said: “I mean, I think there were people they wanted me to work with, 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.'”
‘Ultraviolence’ was largely produced by The Black Key’s vocalist Dan Auerbach who has also voiced his frustration towards the album’s late release due to label interference for a more commercial sounding LP.
“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.'”
Despite a delayed release ‘Ultraviolence’ debuted at No. 1 in multiple countries and has since went on to release more than 185,000 copies with a world tour announcement in the pipeline.
It goes to show the artists might know a bit more about the music than the ‘suits’.