Lana Del Rey's Spoken Word Album Finally Has a Release Date

Lana Del Rey
Melodie McDaniel

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

There's a book, too!

Looks like Lana Del Rey's upcoming album of spoken word poetry is officially on its way.

"Dates for the release of the audiobook and the physical book tomorrow!" the pop star captioned an Instagram post of the cover of the LP's accompanying book on Wednesday (July 8). One day later, product pages appeared on Amazon for both the album and book.

Matching the album cover art, the book cover features a painting of three lemons growing in the lush, greenery of a tree. (Del Rey also used the post for more than just self-promotion, educating her fans about the Navajo Water Project and rising COVID-19 rates among the Navajo Nation.)

According to Amazon, the project -- titled Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass -- will be available July 28 in audiobook form, while the hardcover edition will hit shelves two months later on Sept. 29 via Simon & Schuster.

"'Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass' is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem," the singer said in a statement. "They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic."

The audio version of Violet Bent Backwards... will feature spoken word performances by Del Rey set to music by Jack Antonoff, who previously worked with the star on her 2019 album, Norman F--king Rockwell.

Del Rey also posted a selfie video on Thursday in which she said that some of the proceeds from the collection will go to a variety of Native American organizations. "What's up guys? I feel like this announcement has been a long time coming. I'm just super excited that my book, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, is coming out on Sept. 29th and the audio book is coming out July 28th," she said. "I'm most excited too about where the entirety of the advance of mine is going, to different Native American projects."

Check out the singer's latest announcement about her poetry below.

Billboard has reached out for additional confirmation on the release dates.


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