Lana Del Rey’s new music video for “National Anthem” begins with her channeling Marilyn Monroe when the starlet infamously sang “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy in 1962. We always expect throwback videos from Del Rey but this one takes her retro love to a new level as she channels both the alleged mistress (Monroe) as well as the president’s wife Jackie Kennedy Onassis. A$AP Rocky, who collaborated with Del Rey on the track plays Kennedy.
As if I’m not already one of those annoying people that wishes they were born in a different era, the old cinematography and vintage styles make the tragic plot unabashedly romantic. She always manages to be inspired by the old but make it completely fresh and new.
Del Rey and A$AP Rocky will release the single on July 8, plus it’s on her already-released debut LP Born To Die.