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Lana Del Rey. Jack Antonoff. Marina and the Diamonds. Honestly, we’re surprised this collaboration hasn’t happened sooner.
This week, Lana Del Rey uploaded a short, 30-second video of herself lounging in the music studio to her Instagram story—which would have been completely fine and normal if Bleachers’ Antonoff hadn’t also popped up in the video.
In the video, Del Rey pans her phone to reveal Antonoff sitting on a couch and looking at his phone. At one point he stares at his phone and says “this is weird, I can hear it on here.” And while we have no idea what that means, we’re going to go ahead and assume that it means something exciting. That’s because Marina and the Diamonds (aka Marina Diamandis) recently posted a black and white photo of herself, Del Rey, and Antonoff crowded around each other and posing for the camera to her own Instagram account.
The fact that Del Rey and Diamandis are hanging out isn’t all that surprising—they let their fans know that they were spending time together last year and even took the liberty of buying each other friendship braclets. Del Rey and Diamandis, who have both built a career on creating dreamy, nostalgia-tinged pop music, also share a lot of the same fans. A Lana Del Rey/Marina and the Diamonds collaboration has been a long time coming, and the idea that Antonoff may have had a hand in making that collaboration happen is, frankly, thrilling.
Diamandis hasn’t put out an album since 2015 (though she did drop “Disconnect” with Clean Bandit in 2017), but Del Rey and Antonoff have both been all over the news as of late. In addition to releasing Lust for Life last summer, Del Rey made headlines after she was interviewed by Kim Kardashian, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, and Diamandis herself for fashion magazine L’Officiel. During the interview, Del Rey not only talked about her love of Janis Joplin but also revealed that she and long-time producer Rick Nowels have been working on a musical. Odds are Del Rey will set it sometime during the ‘60s, but we could also see her writing some sort of twisted fairy-tale à la Into the Woods.
In 2017, Antonoff worked with the likes of Lorde, Pink, Banks, St. Vincent, and Taylor Swift, effectively establishing himself as one of the music industry’s most in-demand songwriters and producers. He also produced and contributed five songs to the Love, Simon soundtrack, one of which has already dropped. We’re not sure how he and Del Rey carved time out of their busy schedules to work with each other on new music, but we’re grateful that they did.