It looks like Lana Del Rey could finally be on her way to her first top 40 pop hit in the US. "Young and Beautiful," the lead single and key love song from the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, has crashed into the iTunes top 10 with the release of the film. This morning she is resting comfortably at #8 while Fergie's uptempo "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" is at #28. "Young and Beautiful" is used as a theme in a variety of ways in the movie both with Lana Del Rey's vocals and without. She co-wrote the song and it was produced by Rick Nowels who has worked with her previously and received an Ivor Novello award for co-writing Dido's massive hit "White Flag."
Lana Del Rey burst into public consciousness in the summer of 2011 with the release of her single "Video Games." Controversy was generated over concerns about authenticity of her music and the point of the Lana Del Rey persona. Her Born To Die album was released in early 2012 and became a major hit around the world peaking at #2 in the US and #1 in the UK. However, it was met with mixed reviews at home in the US while critics in the UK celebrated the arrival of a major new artist. The previous peak for "Young and Beautiful" on the Billboard Hot 100 is #82, and this is Lana Del Rey's best single performance thus far. Last Friday the official music video for "Young and Beautiful" was released. Check it out below.
- Watch "Young and Beautiful"
Single cover courtesy Interscope