Lana Del Rey stopped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and gave a spooky performance of Grande's bold and sexily selfish hit, grounding the buoyant track in a mysterious swamp that swallows all who enter it. She performed her Sublime cover "Doin' Time" also, but the "Break Up" cover is what shocks. It's almost like it's an entirely different song.
Lana's version of Grande's hit was infinitely more spiritual and atmospheric, with hazy voices swirling in a spiral like cream in coffee. Her vocals were turned down to match the delicate nature of the drums, guitar, and piano. A breeze blew through the Live Lounge as Lana's whispers turned the oxygen into a mystical mist, carrying her soft timbre to the heavens. If it were a kiss, it would make your knees go weak.
Lana Del Rey recently released Norman Fucking Rockwell to rave reviews. With her album — which features previously released singles "Mariners Apartment Complex," "Venice Bitch," "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It," "Fuck It, I Love You," and "The Greatest" – in the rearview, the singer recently revealed that she's already working on her next project, White Hot Fever.
Lana and Ari also teamed up on "Don't Call Me an Angel" alongside Miley Cyrus for the upcoming Charlie's Angels reboot. That song drops on Friday. In the meantime, check out Lana's soft cover up above.