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‘Lust For Life': Lana Del Rey Teams Up with The Weeknd Once Again

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They’ve worked together year after year, from “Prisoner” to “Stargirl Interlude”. And now, starry-eyed musical soulmates Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd are united yet again on the title track of Lana’s forthcoming studio record, Lust For Life.

“Lust For Life” follows Lana Del Rey’s latest single, “Love,” as the latest offering from her new album, which is due out this spring.

As revealed in Lana’s Dazed cover story in conversation with Courtney Love, “Lust For Life” was the first song written for the record, but took several attempts to get just right — including input from the Swedish Pop God himself, Max Martin.

I felt like it was a big song but…it wasn’t right. I don’t usually go back and re-edit things that much, because the songs end up sort of being what they are, but this one song I kept going back to. I really liked the title. I liked the verse. John Janick was like, ‘Why don’t we just go over and see what Max Martin thinks?’ So, I flew to Sweden and showed him the song. He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus. So I went back to Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it. But then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies. Now I’m finally happy with it. (laughs)

“Lust For Life” premiered today as a world exclusive (Apr. 19) on Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1 show. Listen below.

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