Lana Del Rey Cancels Several European Appearances Due To Illness
Blaming illness, Lana Del Rey is bowing out of all scheduled European appearances.
"For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days," Polydor/Universal Music said in a statement.
Obviously, this is not going over well in the UK. According to MTV, Virgin Radio is planning a boycott of the singer, saying in a statement it "disapproves of this total lack of respect for the fans and is removing Lana Del Rey from its playlist."
The European dates have already been removed from the singer's website, with only five North American gigs currently scheduled:
10/04: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/06: Mexico City, Mexico @ Auditorio Nacional
10/07: Mexico City, Mexico @ Auditorio Nacional
10/09: Monterrey, Mexico @ Foro Alive
10/11: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
In August, the singer discussed the making of her No. 1 album Ultraviolence, specifically what it was like to work with producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
"Obviously, it's impossible to write a record if you don't feel really sensual about it and confident," she said. "And I think for me, what makes me confident changes every day... but generally I would say confidence for me just comes from being really happy and that could be anything down to my environment or being lucky enough to have my muse with me, [or hearing] a really amazing melody for the first time.
"At the point I met Dan I didn't feel that confident. It sounds strange but him being interested in me made me feel interesting. He was a guy and he just kind of treated me like this New Yorker girl who wanted to make a record and was like, 'Hey, let's just see what happens.' But he was in love with the songs."
UK band Royal Blood recently stopped by Dutch radio station 3FM to perform a cover of Del Rey's "West Coast."
The duo's version included some heavy bass distortion and Arctic Monkeys-style riffage, but stayed mostly true to the original sound. Check it out here.