Summertime sadness

Lana Del Rey cut through the blissful dance-pop sound of the 2010s with somber, poetic lyricism that matched her smoky voice. Instead of looking towards futuristic sounds lượt thích most of her female counterparts, Del Rey became known for celebrating 50s và 60s Americana pop culture, erotic Lolita-inspired themes, và Hollywood’s Golden Age in her music.

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The singer independently released her debut album Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant in 2010. The following year, the viral success of her “Video Games” single led to lớn a record deal with Interscope. Và in 2012, she reshaped her image as the “Gangster Nancy Sinatra” with her major-label debut Born khổng lồ Die.


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Featuring a blend of trip-hop, baroque pop, & grandiose cinematic melodies, Born to lớn Die had five singles that defined the early stages of her mainstream career: “Video Games,” “Born to Die,” “Blue Jeans,” “National Anthem,” và “Summertime Sadness.” The latter stood out as one of the album’s more upbeat songs, but lyrics lượt thích “Got my bad baby by my heavenly side/I know if I go, I’ll die happy tonight” kept it weighted.

The bittersweet nature of “Summertime Sadness” was amplified by the music video. It starred actress Jaime King & Del Rey as a couple who end their happiness by committing suicide. Directed by King’s then-husband Kyle Newman, its melodramatic storyline was depicted via popular Instagram filters at the time.

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Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness (Official Music Video)

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But 2013 saw an ironic turn of events: French house DJ/producer Cedric Gervais remixed “Summertime Sadness” into a sparkling dancefloor anthem, transforming Del Rey’s weariness into the same pop trends her music previously avoided. Nevertheless, the success of Gervais’ remix was hard lớn ignore. His version shot khổng lồ No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Del Rey’s biggest single lớn date.

“After the success of my track ‘Molly,’ a lot of people asked me lớn remix big artists,” Gervais told Billboard of the remix. “To me, it’s not about the money, so I turned down a lot of people. But Lana Del Rey came in. I didn’t even ask how much money, I just said, please send me the vocals right away & I did the track in one day. I wasn’t thinking if it was going lớn be a hit or not, I just love and respect the artist that she is.”

Del Rey has since released numerous vị trí cao nhất 10 albums và scored multiple Grammy nominations. Her nostalgic sound also became a Hollywood go-to, with Del Rey recording “Young & Beautiful” for 2013’s The Great Gatsby, a cover of “Once Upon A Dream” for 2014’s Maleficent, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her eponymous theme tuy vậy to Tim Burton’s năm trước biographical drama Big Eyes, và covering “Season of the Witch” for Guillermo del Toro’s 2019 film Scary Stories lớn Tell in the Dark.

Del Rey has also continued to lớn record hits dedicated to lớn the sunny season. Following “Summertime Sadness,” she’s released 2015’s Honeymoon single “High by the Beach,” “Summer Bummer” featuring A$AP Rocky from 2017’s Lust For Life, covered Sublime’s “Doin’ Time” for 2019’s Norman F***king Rockwell, và covered George Gershwin’s “Summertime” a year later.

Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix Edit)” appeared on 2013’s Now That’s What I điện thoại tư vấn Music! 48, alongside other pop hits lượt thích Katy Perry’s “Roar” & Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Looking for more stories behind music’s biggest hits? check out the Now! That’s What I call Music page.

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