Lana Del Rey has shared intimate details of her last will and testament with the public. The will apparently stipulates that the American singer’s music will be prohibited from posthumous release. That means once Del Rey is gone, she’s gone for good.
The news comes after Anderson .Paak shared a fresh tattoo that features a statement to a similar effect. The forearm tattoo reportedly reads: “When I’m gone, please don’t release any posthumous albums or songs with my name attached. Those were just demos and never intended to be heard by the public.”
Del Rey insinuated the details of her will when she shared a photograph of .Paak’s tattoo on her Instagram feed, writing: “It’s in my will but it’s also on his tattoo,” in the caption.
The release of posthumous albums, especially in the word of rap has become a big business in recent years. Records by Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke and Lil Peep have all been released after the artists’ deaths and without their consent.
Whilst some have argued that the ubiquity of posthumous albums is due to an increase in substance abuse amongst young artists and the prevalence of mental health problems, surely this misses the point entirely. Record labels have always exploited the death of their clients for financial gain, and with the increased digital access they have obtained in the last two decades, that exploitation is easier than ever.
Meanwhile, Del Rey’s forthcoming album Blue Banisters is still yet to arrive. It was scheduled to stop last month but still hasn’t been released. Her seventh studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, was released in March of this year.
Del Rey also featured on the new single by Bleachers last month, the main project of ‘Chemtrails’ co-producer Jack Antonoff. The singer appeared on ‘Secret Life’, lifted from the latest Bleachers album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.