Love (Lana Del Rey song)

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"Love"
Lana Del Rey - Love.png
Single by Lana Del Rey
from the album Lust for Life
Released February 18, 2017 (2017-02-18)
Format Digital download
Length 4:39
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Emile Haynie
  • Benny Blanco
  • Rick Nowels
  • Kieron Menzies
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
"Music to Watch Boys To"
(2015)
"Love"
(2017)
"Lust for Life"
(2017)
Music video
"Love" on YouTube

"Love" is a song by American singer Lana Del Rey. It was released on February 18, 2017, through Polydor Records and Interscope Records, as the lead single from her upcoming fifth studio album, Lust for Life (2017). The song was written and produced by Del Rey, Benny Blanco, Emile Haynie and Rick Nowels, with additional production by Kieron Menzies. Its release was first teased with promotional posters hung in Los Angeles on February 17, after which the release date was pushed up due to leaked versions of the song surfacing online the same day.[1][2][3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from critics. Eve Barlow of Pitchfork wrote that "'Love' is an ode to allowing yourself to feel" and that it "reassures the listener that the feeling can still lift, that love can still conquer." Barlow also gave the song the "Best New Track" designation.[5] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone called the song “anthemic”;[6] Frank Guan of Vulture called “Love” “marvellously good”;[7] and Erica Russell at PopCrush wrote that the song is an “enchanting mid-tempo ode to the hope of youth and love”.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Love" debuted at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on Hot Rock Songs, marking her best rank on the latter list, exceeding the No. 3 peak of "Young and Beautiful" in 2013. "Love" also launched as her first No. 1 on Rock Digital Song Sales (46,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music) and at No. 5 on Rock Streaming Songs (6.6 million domestic streams). The song also peaked at No. 9 on the Digital Songs chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video has been in production since June 2016, as reported by BreatheHeavy.com. Del Rey's hairstylist, Anna Cofone, also shared photos of her makeup kit on set on Instagram, which she later deleted.[9]

On February 20, 2017, Del Rey announced the music video on an Instagram livestream. Shortly after the livestream it was made available on YouTube. The music video garnered over 19 million views within a week.[citation needed]

The music video begins in black and white, showing Del Rey singing on stage in front of a small audience, intercut with young adult couples getting ready for a day at the beach. As Del Rey sings the chorus, the video fades into color, and scenes of the couples floating through the solar system in their cars and alone. Towards the end of the video, Del Rey is also seen performing with her band on the surface of the moon, with the camera turning to the sky, where a symbolic black hole can be seen. It was directed by Rich Lee.

Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone called the video "dreamy", while writing that the clip "alternates between black-and-white and washed-out color, Del Rey sings "Love" juxtaposed with footage of people "young and in love."[10] Kelsey J. Waite of A.V Club wrote that "'Love' sends you tumbling through space", calling it a "stunning sci-fi video".[11] Luke Morgan Britton of NME wrote that "The video sees Del Rey dramatically performing in Space",[12] while Ben Kaye of Consequence of Sound called the clip "romantic".[13]

Live performances[edit]

Del Rey first performed "Love" at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on March 17, 2017.[14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

Management

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, production
  • Benny Blanco – production, keyboard, drums, mixing
  • Mike Bozzi – mastering
  • Emile Haynie – production, mixing, synthesizer
  • Kieron Menzies – production, engineering, mixing
  • Rick Nowels – production, keyboard, bass guitar, drums, mellotron, vibraphone
  • Dean Reid – engineering, electric guitar

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 41
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 41
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[19] 9
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[20] 48
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[21] 59
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[22] 25
France (SNEP)[23] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[24] 68
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[25] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[26] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 35
Italy (FIMI)[28] 53
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[29] 3
Portugal (AFP)[30] 47
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[31] 16
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[32] 13
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[33] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 44
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[38] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide February 18, 2017 Digital download [39]
United Kingdom February 24, 2017 Contemporary hit radio [40]
United States March 28, 2017 Alternative radio Interscope [41]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Yoo, Noah (February 18, 2017). "Lana Del Rey Releases New Song "Love"". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ Maine, Samantha (February 18, 2017). "Lana Del Rey shares new song 'Love'". NME. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
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  5. ^ ""Love" by Lana Del Rey Review". Pitchfork. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  6. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2017-02-18). "Hear Lana Del Rey's Anthemic New Single 'Love'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
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  28. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 8" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  29. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. February 27, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Love". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  31. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-02-24". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
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