Lana Del Rey promotes album with billboard in ex’s hometown

Lana Del Rey is all about high quality not amount relating to focused advertisements. And, apparently, vengeance.

The L.A.-based singer-songwriter is utilizing one strategically positioned billboard to advertise her forthcoming album, “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” and it’s in her ex-boyfriend’s hometown of Tulsa, Okla.

“There’s only one and it’s in Tulsa,” the “Summertime Sadness” singer wrote earlier this week, captioning a photograph she took with the billboard on her supposedly non-public Instagram account. (A screenshot of it has been immortalized across social media.)

“It’s. Personal,” she added.

The 37-year-old took goal at ex Sean “Sticks” Larkin, whom she dated for six months earlier than they broke up in 2020 as a consequence of their “busy schedules.” Larkin, a retired police sergeant, can also be a actuality TV star who has appeared on A&E’s actuality present “Live PD” and co-hosts the podcast “Coptales and Cocktails.”

Sean Larkin, left, and Lana Del Rey arrive on the Grammy Awards in L.A. in 2020.

(Jordan Strauss / Invision / Related Press)

The 2 famously attended the 62nd Grammy Awards in 2020, posing collectively on the purple carpet.

Del Rey’s ninth studio album is due March 10. She launched its title monitor on Dec. 7, which seems to be Larkin’s birthday, her followers famous. Coupled together with her focused billboard, followers applauded the musician for unlocking a brand new stage of pettiness.

“lana del rey putting up just one billboard for her album in her ex boyfriends city and then posting about it is so lana del rey,” tweeted one fan.

“Lana Del Rey placing the only billboard to promote her album in Tulsa, Oklahoma (her ex’s hometown) is the level of shady I aspire to be. Taylor Swift taught her well,” wrote one other, referencing the singer’s current collab on Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” album.

“Lana Del Rey putting up 1 billboard to promote her new album, in Tulsa Oklahoma, where her ex lives, is the type of petty that I LIVE for, “ tweeted another.

“we love a petty queen,” added one other.

“Honestly… slay,” tweeted one other.

In a Might interview with W journal, the Grammy-nominated singer described her new music as “angry” and “conversational.”

“I’ve been practicing meditative automatic singing, where I don’t filter anything. I’ll just sing whatever comes to mind into my Voice Notes app. It’s not perfect, obviously,” she stated. “There are pauses, and I stumble. But I’ve been sending those really raw-sounding files to a composer, Drew Erickson, and he’ll add an orchestra beneath the words, matching each syllable with music and adding reverb to my voice.

“When I’m automatic singing, I don’t have the time and leisure to think about things in terms of colors. It’s very cerebral. In ‘Honeymoon,’ there were so many color references … ,” she added.

“For this new music, there’s none of that at all. It’s more just like: I’m angry. The songs are very conversational. For the first song, I pressed record and sang, ‘When I look back, tracing fingertips over plastic bags, I think I wish I could extrapolate some small intention or maybe get your attention for a minute or two.’ It’s a very wordy album. So there’s no room for color. It’s almost like I’m typing in my mind.”

Del Rey’s newest album follows her pair of 2021 LPs, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” and “Blue Banisters,” and can arrive nearly 4 years after 2019’s critically adored “Norman F—ing Rockwell,” which was thick with L.A. iconography associated to Laurel Canyon, Lengthy Seashore, the Venice boardwalk and a bar the place the Seashore Boys used to go.

The title monitor on “Did You Know …” is a slow-rolling piano ballad that additionally pays homage to an Artwork Deco pedestrian tunnel that lies beneath Ocean Boulevard at Pine Avenue in Lengthy Seashore.

In accordance with a 1992 story in The Instances, the tunnel — which has a vaulted ceiling and runs 181 ft in size — was in-built 1927 “so that beach-goers could avoid traffic-clogged streets.”

Instances workers author Mikael Wooden contributed to this report.