PopHatesFags can exclusively reveal Lana Del Rey's next venture: a cover album!
An inside source has revealed to us that Lana's been wanting to do a cover album for some time, but has only recently started to take the idea seriously after a jam session with boyfriendÂ Barrie-James Oâ€™Neill.
Supposedly, the pair were singing an impromptu version of 'Summer Wine' in the studio when Lana decided to record the full song and release it for her fans on YouTube. This followed another cover that Lana had recently recorded: Leonard Cohen's 'Chelsea Hotel No. 2'.
It was then that Oâ€™Neill suggested she release a cover album, noting her vast array of influences and number of covers already recorded as good reasons for her to work on the project.
There's no word yet on a full tracklist, although fans can expect both 'Wine' and 'Chelsea' to make the cut. Apparently, Lana's also hoping for a cover of Elvis Presley's 'Blue Suede Shoes' to appear on the album, although her label is reluctant to agree due to licensing restrictions on Presley's work. Lana previously wanted to include the cover on Born To Die but was forced to cut it from the tracklist after theÂ exuberantÂ price asked by Presley's estate for her to cover the song. Lana's hoping that her recent success will persuade the label to include the cover.
Furthermore, Lana's label is reportedly rooting for her to include her cover of Nirvana's 'Heart-Shaped Box' on the album. Lana originally recorded the song after an acclaimed performance of the song last year, but decided not to put it on ParadiseÂ citing a desire for all original material on the album.
The album is expected to be quite short, at about eight tracks, five of which Lana has recorded. Lana intends for the album to be a filler for fans which will bridge the wait between Paradise and her next original album. Production is expected to be acoustic and simple, with few of the synths or samples found on Born To Die. Her label is also pitching the idea of her adding one original song to the end of the tracklisting, but Lana is keen to keep it an album full of only covers. No word yet on a potential title for the project, although Lana is reportedly tossing a few names around already.
Meanwhile, the singers is apparently surprised that fans didn't figure out her next venture before now. "Lana knows how intense her fans are," said our source, "and she expected them to guess [what she was doing] after she uploaded two covers in a row on YouTube". Oops!
What do you think of Lana releasing a cover album? Personally, we'd love to hear a mashup of 'Born To Die' with Rihanna's 'Diamonds' on the record - although we think that's wishful thinking! Which song would you love to hear her sing if you had the chance? Let us know over at the forums!