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If Stevie Nicks thinks you’re cool, then damn it, you have made it. The 69-year-old songstress gave singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey the Stevie Nicks seal of approval by signing on to sing on Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust for Life, joining the 32-year-old singer-songwriter on the hazy “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” and we couldn’t be more enchanted.
Appearing on the album in a feature capacity, Nicks was careful not to reveal much – if anything, really – in the way of details regarding her collaboration with Del Rey until the magic moment arrived, but with her otherworldly vocal aesthetic and Del Rey’s hauntingly retro sound that harkens back to 1950s and 1960s Americana, the final product proves to be nothing short of magic personified, giving way to the most bewitching musical collaboration of the year.
Fun Fact: Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey’s music is hailed across the board for its stylized and cinematic aesthetic, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to 50s and 60s Americana.
A melancholy track with just enough magic to take you away, “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” is a gorgeous fit for Stevie, whose own lyrics have always carried a hint of the ethereal and whose past ties in with the song’s central theme of everyone having problems to some degree – even the beautiful ones. Check out Stevie and Lana’s duet in the video below; we apologize in advance for the lyrics being in Spanish, but it doesn’t take away from the magic!