Lana Del Rey to Release “National Anthem” on July 8 in UK

She may have just shot a video for “Summertime Sadness,” but Lana Del Rey‘s got a different song in mind for the next single off of Born To Die (in the UK, anyway): “National Anthem,” due out on July 8 on Polydor Records.

From the press release:

Sunday July 8TH sees the release of “National Anthem” the latest single from Lana’s #1 album “Born To Die”. “Born To Die” has already sold over 500,000 copies in the UK, part of nearly 2million global album sales and over 2million singles sales. Lana’s first international hit “Video Games” has also been nominated for “best contemporary song” at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards this year.

This is amazing news! Well, sort of. “National Anthem” is probably my favorite Lana Del Rey song ever…in demo form. The final album version is thoroughly bogged down by dreary, muted production that completely loses the grandness of the original. Where’s that gritty guitar?! It’s just not nearly as good. Still, “National Anthem” deserves to be a single. Maybe we should start some sort of online petition to have it released in demo form, no? Those always work, right?

Regardless, I’m excited for the accompanying video. I’m assuming we’ll be seeing Lana lounging lazily with her bad boy in tow on a grassy field, watching fireworks (red, white, blue!) exploding in the sky while she pouts the night away. #LanaDelReyProblems, indeed.

The release package will include remixes by Tensnake (who just put a fantastic spin on Little Boots‘ “Every Night I Say A Prayer”), Todd Terry, Afterlife (adore their remix of Dannii Minogue‘s “I Can’t Sleep At Night”) and DC Breaks, and will be released as both a 7″ picture disc and a digital remix EP.

I’m so glad to see that the label listened to me when I tweeted that one time that “National Anthem” should be released as a single on the Fourth of July. Since I refuse to let go, here’s the (million, zillion times better) demo for your listening pleasure…

Born To Die was released on January 31. (iTunes)

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