March 15, 2012 1:41pm PT by Erin Carlson
Lana Del Rey Releases Controversial Single Art; 'American Idol' Performance Confirmed
No stranger to controversy, Lana Del Rey is stirring up some more of it with the cover art for her new single, "Blue Jeans."
The sexy singer was photographed lying down on a beach, her eyes closed and a tattooed hand reaching for her neck as if to check for a pulse.
A love song about a relationship falling apart, Del Rey coos in the lyrics: "But when you walked out that door, a piece of me died / I told you I wanted more / But that's not what I had in mind." She also references death, cancer and James Dean in the song, which she performed on Saturday Night Live in January -- an appearance that would polarize the TV audience while at the same time transforming the singer from much-hyped It Girl to much-mocked internet target.
Lana Del Rey will also make her American Idol debut on March 22. She's due to pre-tape the performance following the March 15 elimination show, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Del Rey has a powerful ally in Interscope Records chief and Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine, who has made her a top priority on his impressive roster of artists (see: Lady Gaga) and even compared her "haunting" voice to that of Stevie Nicks.