In the lengthy post, Del Rey announced that her next album will be released in September of 2020. She also revealed that she’s got two books of poetry on the way.
“I’ll be detailing some of my feelings in my next two books of poetry (mostly the second one) with Simon and Schuster. Yes I’m still making personal reparations with the proceeds of the book to my choice of Native American foundations which I’m very happy about,” she wrote.
“And I’m sure there will be tinges of what I’ve been pondering in my new album that comes out September 5th. Happy quarantining.”
The album announcement only took up a small portion of Del Rey’s post, which she used to hit out at her critics and fellow “female writers and singers”.
Strap yourself in for this, because the shade factor is off the charts here:
“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever i want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorising abuse??????” she said.
She also took aim at men working in the music industry who “hear yes” when a woman “says no”, as well as “bullshit reviews” of her music.
“I’ve been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I’ve had. News flash! That’s just how it is for many women,” she wrote. “And that was sadly my experience up until the point that those records were made.
“So I just want to say it’s been a long 10 years of bullshit reviews up until recently and I’ve learned a lot from them, but also I feel it really paved the way for other women to stop ‘putting on a happy face’ and to just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted in their music – unlike my experience where if I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was literally the 1920s.”
So yeah, plenty to unpack there.
Check out the full statement below, and don’t forget: September 5!