Artist of the Week: Lana Del Rey

The 'Summertime Sadness' songstress sees her name on the top of the Official U.K. Albums Chart thanks to her new album, 'Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd'.

AceShowbiz - Lana Del Rey is enjoying the sweet taste of success after releasing her ninth album, "Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd". With the new record, the "Summertime Sadness" hitmaker reached the pinnacle of the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

It marks the fastest-selling LP of 2023 so far, surpassing the opening week of Pink's "Trustfall", which previously topped the list. The rank also becomes Lana's sixth number 1 album in the U.K.

"Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd" also debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 after earning 115,000 equivalent album units in its opening week. It serves as the singer's ninth Top 10-charting album on the chart.

Lana released the album, a follow-up to 2021's "Blue Banisters", on March 24. It features a strong theme of family and relationships running throughout it, with the star asking if she can have a baby of her own on "Fingertips".

"Will the baby be alright?/ Can I have one of mine?/ Can I handle it?" Lana sings. Meanwhile, she asks a partner on "Sweet", "Do you want children?/ Do you wanna marry me?/ Do you wanna run marathons in Long Beach by the sea?"

Five of the songs were written with her ex-boyfriend, Mike Hermosa, including "Fingertips". Mike also served as a producer on the LP alongside Jack Antonoff, Drew Erickson, Zach Dawes and Benji. The record features Jon Batiste, Bleachers, Father John Misty, Judah Smith, Tommy Genesis and SYML.

Album aside, Lana is set to headline Glastonbury's Other Stage in June. Of her upcoming gig, she told BBC Radio 1, "I've been excited to tell people, so I wanted to tell people because, as we started to announce some festivals, it's unfathomable to me to headline the second stage of Glastonbury. They had asked me to play Glastonbury the last three years but we just weren't ready. I didn't want to say yes before we had a big band."

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