Lana Del Rey: Here's why the Summertime Sadness singer has been plagued with controversy

Lana Del Rey is back, now in collaboration with Taylor Swift for her new album Midnights.

Lana Del Rey: Here's why the Summertime Sadness singer has been plagued with controversy
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Lana Del Rey: Here's why the Summertime Sadness singer has been plagued with controversy

Taylor Swift, fondly known as ‘Tay Tay’ by her fans, is all set to release her 10th studio album. Dropping on the 21st of October, the album is titled Midnights. The artist has been teasing her fans by sharing small details of the upcoming album on TikTok, over the past few weeks.

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As per Pitchfork, she described Midnights as a 13-song album that depicts the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout her life. And for the fourth track, Snow on the beach, the artist collaborates with the controversial Lana Del Rey, much to the audience's surprise.

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Taylor Swift collaborates with the problematic Lana Del Rey

The Swift-Del Rey Collaboration

The Evermore artist is all set to collaborate with Del Rey and gushed about their collaboration announcement on Instagram, as per Rolling Stone. The song is supposed to be about ‘falling in love with a person, at the same time as they’re falling in love with you’, as per the article.

Controversies surrounding Lana Del Rey

Del Rey has been making headlines over the years, and not always for the right reasons. Deemed ‘problematic’, the Summertime Sadness singer has seemingly stood on the wrong side of history many times.

There have been many allegations against the singer, from anti-feminist lyrics to inauthenticity. As per Insider, she has often been ‘cancelled’ and called out by audiences for various reasons such as glamorizing abuse and is described online as ‘a problematic white woman’.

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The public open letter

Del Rey has also gone to the extent of name-dropping and calling out female artists for their songs. She supposedly tried to 'tear down' her peers in a public statement and an open letter on Instagram. The letter read:

Now that Doja Cat, Ariana [Grande], Camila [Cabello], Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f---ing, cheating etc.

This didn’t sit well with people, and the fact that she lists largely women of colour lead to allegations of racism.

Sources used:

- Rolling Stone: 'Taylor Swift Details 'Snow on the Beach' Featuring Lana Del Rey'

- Pitchfork: 'Taylor Swift Reveals New Album Midnights' Full Tracklist, Including New Songs With Lana Del Rey'

- Insider: 'Fans have turned on Lana Del Rey. Here's a complete timeline of how the singer ruined her own reputation'

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