“Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems” is a song on Lana Del Rey’s album, Lust for Life, featuring Stevie Nicks. First mentioned in an interview for Flaunt Magazine where she referred to the track only as “Beautiful People”, later confirming the track’s full title in an interview at the KROQ festival.
The Stevie Nicks collaboration was set up by her producer, Rick Nowels, who’d coincidentally gone to high school alongside Nicks.
The producer of the song Rick Nowels had this to say;
“Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” was special because we got to spend time with Stevie Nicks and have a collaboration with two of the great female poets of songwriting. I’ve known Stevie for a long time and I wanted Lana and Stevie to know each other. I love hearing their two iconic voices together. I think a real friendship has formed.
In an interview for Flaunt Magazine Lana Del Ray talked about how she come up with Stevie for the feature in the song:
When I went through ideas of women that could really add something to the record, she was the one we kept coming back to. ‘Bonafide badass’ is a great phrase for her. She’s really real. And she’s still fucking touring, which baffles me. There are so few women doing that. You’ve got Courtney Love, who works, sings, tours… there’s not that many women who were making music in the ’70s or ’80s who still make music. It really is pretty crazy.
Adding more details regarding the feature and the song, while being interviewed for KROQ at Weenie Roast Y Fiesta Festival:
The track is called “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems”. Um, I kind of thought I had finished the record a couple of times, and then one of those times I really felt like I just wanted, like, a woman on the record, and I was talking to my producer Rick Nowels about, you know, who would be great to, get on the record, and we both kind of could only come up with Stevie. Funny enough, he went to high school with her, and he wrote, um, his first hit with her. They actually started the track in New York at Electric Lady, and then she flew back I think the following week and she finished it at our studio. She was amazing, she’s just kind of everything you hope she’s going to be. She’s so contemporary, and she knows all the new music that’s out like weekly, and she loved the track, and she added so much to it.