Black Beauty (Lana Del Rey song)

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"Black Beauty"
Single by Lana Del Rey
from the album Ultraviolence
Released December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)
Format Digital download
Length 5:13
Label Vertigo Berlin
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
"Brooklyn Baby"
"Black Beauty"
"High by the Beach"
"Brooklyn Baby"
"Black Beauty"
"High by the Beach"

"Black Beauty" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey for her third studio album, Ultraviolence (2014). The lyrics and musical composition are attributed to Del Rey and Rick Nowels, while production was handled by Paul Epworth,[1] it serves as the first bonus track from the album. A demo of the song leaked on June 18, 2013.[citation needed] The German release of a remixes extended play for "Black Beauty" by Vertigo Berlin was announced for November 21, 2014.


In early 2013, Del Rey stated that she had been working on her third studio album and had written the song "Black Beauty" for it,[2] but after it leaked the status of the song on the album became unknown, the song is about Del Rey loving a man who doesn't appreciate the beauty of life, and lamenting the sadness of this.[citation needed] It was confirmed on May 8, 2014 that it would be a bonus track on Ultraviolence.[3]


The song "Black Beauty" is categorized within the pop genre and has a track length of 5 minutes and 14 seconds, the song has a time signature of 4/4, is played in the key of F, and has a BPM (beats per minute) of about 120. While the original demo track featured Del Ray singing over a synthesized organ with bass and stringed instruments, the album version included a choir and electric guitar.

Music video[edit]

The music video for 'Black Beauty' was to take place on set of a photo shoot in 2014 for the French magazine Madame Figaro, Del Rey explained in February 2014 “For some reason the videos are still the easiest things that come,” “As soon as I write the words to a song, I can paint exactly what I want the picture to look like.” However, as of May 2017, the music video is still yet to be released.

Critical reception[edit]

MuuMuse's Bradley Stern compared the song to Del Rey's 2012 single "Ride", calling it "an unbelievably gorgeous track" and "one of Lana's greatest epics".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download (The Remix EP)
  1. "Black Beauty" (LEEX Tropical Mix) — 5:57
  2. "Black Beauty" (Dinnerdate Remix) — 3:08
  3. "Black Beauty" (Lakechild Remix) — 3:59

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ultraviolence[1]


Chart (2014) Peak
UK (Official Charts Company)[5] 179

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Austria[6] December 15, 2014 Digital download (The Remix EP) Vertigo Berlin


  1. ^ a b Ultraviolence (booklet). Lana Del Rey. London, United Kingdom; Santa Monica, California: Polydor Records, Interscope Records. 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lana Del Rey says her second album will be 'spiritual'". BBC. February 27, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 8, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Announces Absurd 'Ultraviolence' Track List". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Stern, Bradley (June 16, 2014). "Lana Del Rey, ‘Ultraviolence': A Black And Blue Beauty (Album Review)". MuuMuse. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chart: CLUK Update 28.06.2014 (wk25)". June 28, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c