Everyone Is Once Again Roasting Lana Del Rey Over Her Questionable Album Art
"Lana designing her album art on Snapchat in two minutes."
Lana Del Rey sure knows how to generate conversation.
Over the last few years, the singer has been mired in a series of strange controversies, from the (crude and untrue) rumours that she is a Trump supporter, to a fracas set off by the album cover for Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
Now, with the announcement of her new album, Blue Bannisters, Del Rey has once again found herself at the centre of a series of internet flame wars — albeit more tongue-in-cheek ones than those she has weathered in the past.
See, it all kicked off over on Twitter, when Del Rey announced that she had a new project coming on July 4. Alongside the news, Del Rey also posted a photo — what may or may not be the cover to the new record. The reason for the controversy? Well, that photo looks like this:
Album out July 4th
BLUE BANISTERS pic.twitter.com/q37PDKeyy5
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) April 28, 2021
That font! That strange, broken border! As internet users were quick to point out, the thing looks like it was created on Picsart, the free app that’s kinda like a budget version of Photoshop.
So, within minutes, the image became parody fodder online, with stans lovingly trying to understand the “creative process” behind the image, and creating a bunch of memes about it in the process.
lana designing her album art on snapchat in two minutes pic.twitter.com/YdIYN9CjTh
— 💛OWEN💛 (@xowenm) April 28, 2021
lana del rey logging into picsart to make her new cover art pic.twitter.com/AQ5GB0lOUm
— anna ♡'s jessie mei li (@ENVYBARNES) April 28, 2021
it's so tiring being a lana stan these days i cannot keep defending her. the picsart cover… pic.twitter.com/Cry8Km21ZQ
— sasha ☽ (@diIftaro) April 28, 2021
I think the funniest thing about Lana making album art on PicsArt is that her sister is literally a famous photographer
— Erin Go Bragh (@eringobraghbabe) April 28, 2021
Lana after posting the picsart album cover on a random Tuesday night at 11:38pm pic.twitter.com/VLYFsC4jDG
— taylana (@LanaSupremecy) April 28, 2021
not a petition to ban lana from picsart 😭 pic.twitter.com/rQwCd5EuBX
— 𝒞 (@__rosetum) April 28, 2021
Indeed, the jokes picked up steam so quickly that within a few hours, internet users were transforming other iconic records into the recognisable Blue Bannisters style, creating parodies of their own.
if lana del rey's team made chromatica's album cover pic.twitter.com/qfxTNljSvf
— Allure (@alluregagaa) April 28, 2021
Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon (Lana's Version) Cover 😍 pic.twitter.com/ZBpg3hWqHZ
— ؘ (@lanascontryclub) April 28, 2021
Of course, it’s worth stressing again that it’s not clear whether this is the final album art or not. And even if it is, at least it’s distinct. In an era in which every album cover has the same uniform polish, the Blue Bannisters image is refreshingly DIY. It’s just another case of Lana Del Rey doing Lana Del Rey, fucking off the haters and following the sound of a drum that perhaps only she can hear. Why would we want her to do anything else?