Lana Del Rey has debuted the title track off of her upcoming album, Lust for Life. The new song, featuring The Weeknd, premiered on Mistajam’s BBC 1 radio show on Wednesday. “Lust for Life” comes two months after the reveal of Del Rey’s first single, “Love,” from her soon to be released LP.
While “Lust for Life” contains the first feature on the songstress’ discography, Del Rey and the Weeknd have previously (and quite successfully!) collaborated for The Weeknd’s projects. Singing with The Weeknd on 2015’s “Prisoner,” Del Rey also made an appearance on last year’s “Stargirl Interlude.”
As Del Rey told Courtney Love in an interview for Dazed Magazine, “Lust for Life” was the first song Del Rey wrote for the album, with the help of Max Martin. After meeting up in Sweden, Martin convinced Del Rey to take the verse she had at the time and turn it into, what is now, the chorus. “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 [producer] 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,” explained Del Rey.
It was this event that triggered the desire for The Weeknd’s feature: “That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel [Tesfaye, the Weeknd] sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it,” Del Rey stated in her interview.
The song is an easy-to-listen to, 60’s inspired, synth adorned number. The duo’s voices are intertwined in beautiful harmony, paying homage to previous trailblazers such as the Shangri-Las.
The album’s release date has not been announced yet. You can listen to the previously released track “Love” below.