Summer may be over but "Summertime Sadness" still lives on for Lana Del Rey. The indie pop singer hit the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 with Cedric Gervais' EDM remix of her gloomy track. This is the first time both acts have reached the top 10, Billboard reported on Wednesday.
Two weeks ago, Cedric Gervais' remix of "Summertime Sadness" hit the top 20 on Billboard and now the track currently sits at no. 9 on the Hot 100, marking the French DJ and Del Rey's first time in the top 10. Del Rey highest peak on the all-genre chart was with "Young & Beautiful," her "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack contribution, which climbed to no. 22. Now Gervais' house remake of "Summertime" is her best chart standing yet in the U.S. It only took the song seven weeks to reach this point so a top 5 position may not be too far off.
In an interview with Radio.com earlier this month, Del Rey talked about the unexpected success that "Summertime Sadness" achieved in the U.S. When asked about being embraced by a top 40 music audience following last year's "Saturday Night Live" fiasco, she said:
"It just reinforces the fact that… not that nothing really matters, but that other people’s opinions don’t really matter because it can change on a dime. And if people are so ready to change, maybe they don’t have the strongest character. I’m not as interested in flip-floppers. I kind of feel blessed the more I go along. I have a young brother and sister, and it’s gotten really basic for me and become about the family. How are we all going to live together if I’m on the road? Are they going to come with me? Will I ever go home again? Probably not.
My new product manager, whom I’d never met before, brought me a SoundScan to show me that 'Summertime Sadness' was being spun, a lot of times in L.A. and in New York. It kind of just doesn’t feel like it’s mine, ‘cause I’ve had such a hand up to my face for so long."
The original version of "Summertime Sadness" was lifted from Del Rey's major label debut, "Born to Die." The album peaked at no. 2 on Billboard in January 2012 and has gone on to sell over 600,000 copies in the U.S. She will drop the mini-movie for her next project "Tropico" very soon.
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