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Lana Del Rey Delays Release of Spoken Word Album 'Violet'

Lana Del Rey
Melodie McDaniel

Lana Del Rey photographed on Aug. 8, 2019 at The Beckett Mansion in Los Angeles.

Lana Del Rey is pushing back the release of Violet, the spoken word album she announced in December. The project was originally expected to be available today (Jan. 4) priced at $1, with Del Rey saying that "thoughts are meant to be shared."

"Hoping everyone had a great New Years, gonna wait for about a month to put out ‘Violet’ since we lost about nine days with everything going on – it’s an interesting project though, looking forward to having it out x," she wrote in an update on Twitter in the early hours of Jan. 4. 

Just after Christmas, Del Rey said on social media that her family had unfortunately been robbed over the holidays. She asked for the return of their mementos, including photographer sister Chuck Grant's "entire retrospective," offering a "no questions asked reward."

Half of the proceeds of the spoken world album -- when it does make its debut -- will go toward Native American organizations. Last month, the singer explained via an Instagram video that she "wanted to do it because in doing my own work in connecting to my family lineage, I was encouraged to also try and connect with the country’s lineage -- this was a while ago -- and it kind of informed the next album that I’ve been working on."

"I just really wanted to sort of pay homage to this country that I love so much by doing my own reparation, I guess I would say, my own reparative act," she added at the time. "I know it’s an unusual choice, and I have no reasoning for it other than it just feels right to me, so as long as my spoken word album is distributed, half of it will be going to Native American organizations across North America."  


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