Lana Del Rey Announces ‘Arcadia’ Song Coming Next Week

Lana Del Rey is prepping her fans for her upcoming Blue Banisters album by announcing she’ll release a new song “Arcadia” next week.

On Friday (Sept. 3), the singer-songwriter shared a vintage-looking portrait of herself that promised a new song with some nostalgia-inducing advice. “ARCADIA out Wednesday,” she captioned the photo on Instagram before advising, “Listen to it like you listened to Video Games.”

“Video Games” was the lead single on her 2012 major label debut album Born To Die and has long been considered her breakthrough hit, peaking at No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 for her career-first entry on the all-genre tally.

The 36-year-old alternative-pop artist originally claimed her upcoming LP Blue Banisters would be released on July 4, but BB now has a TBD release date. “Album out later later,” she wrote in a July 3-dated update to fans on social media, where she shared the album artwork and a music video teaser for a new, as-yet-untitled single. Del Rey said the song, in which she can be heard singing “My body is a map of L.A./ I stand straight like an angel, with a halo,” will be “out soonish.”

Del Rey’s latest photo teasing “Arcadia” features her wearing the same pale yellow tank top and cardigan ensemble as in the video teaser for the upcoming single she mentioned. While she sings about places in California, including Sierra Madre, in the short snippet from July 3, it’s highly possible that the teaser was for “Arcadia,” which is a city in the San Gabriel Valley.

Check out LDR’s announcement below.

Lorde No Longer Performing at 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Lorde will not longer be performing at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, the awards show announced on Friday afternoon (Sept. 3).

“Due to a change in production elements, Lorde can no longer perform at this year’s show. We love Lorde and cannot wait for her to perform on the VMA stage in the future!” the official VMAs Twitter account wrote.

The New Zealand-born pop star was set to take the stage alongside host Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber, Chlöe, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Kacey Musgraves, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Nas X and many more performers. Lorde last performed at the VMAs in 2017, when she sang her Melodrama track “Homemade Dynamite” while fighting the flu. She went on to defend her dancing from that evening on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. “People got, like, so angry about me performing at the VMAs. I just danced. I just danced! And I danced with full f—ing joy,” Lorde said at the time. “Some people were like, ‘We get it, we love it.’ And some people were like, ‘This is offensive that I have to watch this.'”

Her third studio album Solar Power, which was released on Aug. 20, landed Lorde her third Alternative Albums No. 1 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Her “Solar Power” music video is nominated for best cinematography at this year’s VMAs.

Billboard reached out to Lorde’s reps and the VMAs for comment but had not heard back at press time.

The 2021 MTV VMAs will air live from The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The awards show will be executive produced by Bruce Gilmer and Jesse Ignjatovic, co-founder of Den of Thieves. 

See the update below.

How to Watch ‘Made in America’ 2021 Livestream

Made in America will return for its 10th year during Labor Day Weekend, and fans who won’t be able to attend the festival in Philadelphia can watch the official livestream.

Jay-Z’s yearly festival, produced by Roc Nation, will take place at Philly’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Saturday, Sept. 4, to Sunday, Sept. 5. The star-studded lineup features headliners Lil Baby (on Saturday) and Justin Bieber (on Sunday), along with performances by Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda, Baby Keem, Lil Durk, A$AP Ferg, Moneybagg Yo, Freddie Gibbs, Tinashe, Morray, 42 Dugg, EST Gee, and more. Billboard broke the news earlier that Lil Uzi Vert will be a surprise performer.

“We are thrilled to announce Made in America 2021 on the legendary Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year will be like no other, as Made In America celebrates 10 years of music history-making moments,” Jay-Z said in a statement back in May. “The artists’ performances will be even bigger, and Cause Village will host a wider range of amazing philanthropic organizations. We look forward to sharing incredible memories with our festival attendees and the city of Philadelphia.”

For the sixth year, TIDAL will be exclusively livestreaming Made in America from all three of its stages, Rocky, Liberty and TIDAL, directly from the streaming service as well as on its YouTube channel.

Stream Made in America below.