Lana Del Rey Taps Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to Produce 'Ultraviolence'

8:00 AM PST 02/22/2014 by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
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Lana Del Rey

The singer's sophomore album is due out in the middle of this year.

Lana Del Rey's sophomore album, Ultraviolence, was one of the more anticipated album releases of 2014 before a member of the Black Keys was attached to the project. Now, Keys frontman Dan Auerbach is reportedly producing the follow-up to 2012's "Born To Die," due out in the middle of 2014.

"Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence," the singer posted on Twitter on Thursday, accompanied with a photo of her and Auerbach sharing one seat. Following the Twitter tease, Revolt TV reported that Auerbach has indeed been brought in to produce the LP.

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Aside from fronting blues-rock stalwarts the Black Keys -- whose most recent album, El Camino, has sold 1.3 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- Auerbach has recently produced material for Dr. John, Hacienda and Ray LaMontagne, among others. Last year, Auerbach earned the Grammy trophy for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, trumping artists like Diplo and Jeff Bhasker in the process.

Del Rey teased a May 1 release date for Ultraviolence earlier this month, but a rep for the singer tells Billboard that a release date has yet to be confirmed. In 2013, the singer scored a Top 10 hit with Cedric Gervais' "Summertime Sadness" remix and released her "Tropico" short film; this year, she's been confirmed to perform at Coachella and the Sweetlife Festival, among others. She's also rumored to be working with Giorgio Moroder on her next full-length.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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