Del Rey wrote "Money Power Glory" as a reaction to her rise to fame.

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Its black-and-white album artwork depicts Del Rey dressed in a sheer white T-shirt and a white strapless bra while leaning against her Mercedes-Benz 380SL; the title "Ultraviolence" is positioned beneath her image in an all-capitalized typeface, similar to the covers for Born to Die and Paradise.

It was made available through the traditional CD, digital download, and vinyl formats, and was additionally distributed in a multi-piece box set; it covers the title "Ultraviolence" in black foil, includes the deluxe record on compact disc and on a two-piece vinyl collection, and is packaged with four photo art cards.

The two had met in New York City when she believed that the record was finished.

On the release of Ultraviolence, she reaffirmed her earlier reluctance to make another album, saying "I mean, I still feel that way, but with this album I felt less like I had to chronicle my journeys and more like I could just recount snippets in my recent past that felt exhilarating to me".

I don't want to say, 'Yeah, definitely—the next one's better than this one', because I don't really hear a next one. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying".

Del Rey and Auerbach were initially scheduled to work together for three days but ended up spending two weeks on recording a full album.

You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. During the premiere of her short film Tropico on December 4, 2013, Del Rey explained to the audience that "I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter [of her second studio album Born to Die (2012) and third extended play Paradise (2012)] before I release the new record, Ultraviolence".

Journalists identified the phrase from Anthony Burgess' dystopian novella A Clockwork Orange (1962), although initial reports were conflicting as to whether or not the title would be stylized as the one-word "Ultraviolence" or two-word "Ultra Violence".

The project saw additional contributions from producers including Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Daniel Heath, and Rick Nowels.