Sunday, April 21, 2024

Um, It’s July 5th, Where is Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Banisters” Album? Did She Forget She Said July 4th Release?


Dear Lana del Rey,

Today is July 5th. You said in April that a new album called “Blue Banisters” was coming out on July 4th.

Did you forget?

Yesterday Lana posted a video of herself singing the title track, and wrote that the album was “coming soon.” Uh huh.

To be fair, Lana has posted three singles from the forthcoming album. And she released a whole other album, “Chemtrails over the Country Club,” a short time ago, a probable Grammy nominee. So it’s not like she’s been lazy.

But still…those banisters are turning blue. I wouldn’t want to be a record executive in this environment. Artists drop surprise albums without warning. Or they don’t. Very weird and upsetting.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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