Lorde said she was still processing her "first proper year of adulthood" - and that her experience, with both its "glory and disgusting moments", dominated the album's themes. "It had to be really special and really singular and it couldn't sound the same as the old stuff and there was a lot of discovery that went on". "Green Light" is largely based on a relationship breakdown, but Lorde doesn't want people to think of it as a regular break-up song. To the delight of her fans, she shared a downloadable link to the single on Twitter Friday. Here's a look at some of the standout songs and videos from Lorde's career so far. And I feel like you can really hear that on this record.
Lorde is no longer a teenager and her music is truly showing that.
Katy Perry tweeted her: "that's a yus kween dance on that".
Waiting for new music from Lorde has felt painful. The bumping synth and underlays of rock rhythms indicate Lorde coming to terms with her heartbreak and learning to make herself happy again. In 2013, Billboard reported that she was the first female solo artist to top Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative Songs chart in more than 17 years.
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"It's insane when you're so young to be spending all your time in LA or New York", Lorde said. (A rep for Lorde could not be reached for comment on the breakup at the time of publication.) Lorde is notoriously private about her romantic life, though. 'I moved out of home and into my own house and basically just had this awesome year of independence and freedom and figuring out all this stuff about myself.
"I knew it just couldn't be any old thing".
Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Mistajam about the new album, titled Melodrama, she said: "I feel like the whole time spent writing this record, I've had [Bowie] in my thoughts, I've had him in my heart".
Lorde spoke with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 about "Green Light", which was co-written with Jack Antonoff and Joel Little, her primary collaborator on Pure Heroin. She didn't just release the single but she also premiered its full music video.