The mother of “sad girl” pop, Lana Del Rey, has shared a surprising fact regarding her infamous appearance (or absence thereof) on Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album, just one month before its official release.
When it was announced by Swift via TikTok that track four of her Midnights album would feature Del Rey, fans of both artists were hysterical. The revelation of the pair’s collaboration was met with little to no surprise considering both artists have worked, and are personal friends, with singer and record producer Jack Antonoff.
The collab song ‘Snow on the Beach’ was released, but the ‘Radio’ singer can barely be heard on the song. Many fans thought that Del Rey was snubbed by Swift, or that her vocals were cut out, the internet started poking fun at the track, with countless memes about Del Rey’s barely there vocals going viral.
lana’s vocals on snow on the beach pic.twitter.com/rFj3KKa3DM
— tia (@cursedhive) October 21, 2022
Lana del rey on snow on the beach pic.twitter.com/vVh03qIbzx
— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) October 21, 2022
But in a recent Billboard interview, the artist revealed that her small role in the song was because she had no idea she was the only feature on the song.
Del Rey, who was honored as Billboard’s 2023 Women in Music Visionary, told the magazine that if she had known, she “would have sung the entire second verse like [Swift] wanted.
“My job as a feature on a big artist’s album is to make sure I help add to the production of the song, so I was more focused on the production.”
“She was very adamant that she wanted me to be on the album, and I really liked that song,” she added.
Given that she and Swift both collaborate with Jack Antonoff, who serves as both an artist’s lyricist and producer, Del Rey was eager to bring their respective worlds closer together. In the final cut, Del Rey sang less than 20 audible words, but her vocals were heard backing Swift throughout the track.
The song, which follows the theme of falling in love and the magical feelings that come from that, has a dreamy feel familiar to Del Rey fans.
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