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Lorde reveals release date and tracklist for new album ‘Solar Power’

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Lorde has revealed the release date and tracklist for her much anticipated third studio album, ‘Solar Power’.

After months of teasing her return, the New Zealand singer-songwriter shared her new single ‘Solar Polar’ earlier this month, which is her first new material since 2017’s ‘Melodrama‘.

In a five-star review, NME‘s Rhian Daly called the new song, which features backup vocals from Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo, “a sun-kissed ode to starting anew and doing it in one of the best places for it – soaking up the rays on a glorious beach.”

Following its release, Lorde teased the release of her upcoming third album, which shares the same name as the lead single, by sharing a video titled “Every perfect summer’s gotta take its flight”.

The clip features wide aerial shots of a crop circle and a beach formation that both spell out the letters “SP” – the initials of ‘Solar Power’, which is also the title of her next album.

Tonight (June 21), Lorde announced that ‘Solar Power’ will arrive August 20, and shared the album’s tracklist. You can see it below.

01. ‘The Path’
02. ‘Solar Power’
03. ‘California’
04. ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’
05. ‘Fallen Fruit’
06. ‘Secrets From A Girl (Who’s Seen It All)’
07. ‘The Man With The Axe’
08. ‘Dominoes’
09. ‘Big Star’
10. ‘Leader Of A New Regime’
11. ‘Mood Ring’
12. ‘Oceanic Feeling’

You can pre-order, pre-save, and pre-add the album here.

“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” Lorde said of the album. “In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

To honour the natural world the artist is presenting the album in a first-of-its kind, discless format. An eco-conscious Music Box will be available for purchase as an alternative to a CD. This innovative offering will contain extra visual content, handwritten notes, exclusive photos, and a download card. The card will give purchasers a high-quality download of the music, two exclusive bonus tracks, and access to some special surprises along the way.

When talking about the concept Lorde said: “I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD.

“I wanted this Music Box product to be similar in size, shape and price to a CD, to live alongside it in a retail environment, but be something which stands apart and that’s committed to the evolving nature of a modern album.”

Lorde Updates Fans on ‘F—ing Good’ Music in the Works With Jack Antonoff

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Lorde photographed on Dec. 19, 2017 at Jonkers Farm in Auckland, New Zealand.

Some new Lorde music is finally on the way.

The singer sent an email to her fans on Wednesday (May 19) updating them on her past few months. «I realised the other day it had been a minute since we chatted, and I was missing you. Do you wear your hair long or short now? Did you take your piercings out? You’ll probably be pleased to know my hair is big and long again,» she lightheartedly opened the message, before noting that she has «never felt more spiritually rich, and in touch with the voices that guide. (Yes I’m a f—ing herb. Sue me!!!)»

After some updates about her life in New Zealand and how the pandemic has affected her home country, she revealed that the music making process suffered after the death of her beloved dog, Pearl. «It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me,» she wrote. «I found a note in my phone from November which said: I eat a grief sandwich / I wear a grief coat / I see a grief film.»

«I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out,» she continued. «Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening.»

She went on to explain that she and producer Jack Antonoff would meet up in New Zealand and in Los Angeles to work on music. «A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away — Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer.»

“I know now how excited I am to get back out there,” she wrote. “I want to eat summer foods in beautiful countries—ice cream and tomatoes and anchovies. I want to use my gift, and watch it grow. Who knows when it’ll be safe to do those things, but I’m craving them, and I wanted you to know.”

The upcoming album, which would follow 2017’s Melodrama, she explained: «Waiting, the thing that felt so pointless and annoying when I was young, is now this kind of delicious activity. In my opinion, the greatest treat I can give you is work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years. And that kind of work takes time. So if you can, I’d like for you to try tuning in to the time spent waiting for something of the highest quality to arrive.»

«Enjoy the sensation as it builds. When the moment comes, our wave will crest super f—ing high.I can tell you, this new thing, it’s got its own colours now. If you know anything about my work, you’ll know what that means.»

«The work is so f—ing good, my friend,» she concluded. «I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.»

See the email via an Instagram fan below.

Source: Billboard

Lorde habla por primera vez tras la controversia de los Grammy

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La cantante se dirige a sus fans después de que no le ofrecieran actuar en solitario durante la gala de premios.

Durante los Grammy del pasado domingo, dos artistas nominados en la categoría de Mejor Álbum del Año no actuaron sobre el escenario: Jay Z, que se negó por circunstancias desconocidas; y Lorde, a la que no se le llegó a ofrecer actuar en solitario como sí se había hecho al resto de artistas masculinos nominados en su categoría.

Primero, se negó a actuar en un número compartido con otros cantantes para homenajear al fallecido Tom Petty porque no le permitían cantar alguno de los temas de su álbum nominado. Después, se saltó la alfombra roja. Y finalmente, lució una nota escrita a mano en su espalda que parecía criticar el statu quo de opresores y víctimas que quieren criticar movimientos como el Me Too o Time’s Up. Pero la cantante no refirió directamente a lo que ha sido un debate a gritos a lo largo de la semana: su ausencia en las actuaciones de los Grammy y la falta de mujeres nominadas y premiadas en la ceremonia.

«Es difícil tener un show equilibrado y tener a todo el mundo involucrado», dijo el presidente de The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, cuando se le preguntó sobre la controversia. «[Las mujeres deben] dar un paso adelante si quieren tener más presencia”. Las reacciones negativas a los comentarios de Portnow no se hicieron esperar, con voces como las de P!nk o Katy Perry liderando las críticas que desencadenarían después en el hashtag #GrammySoMale (los Grammy más masculinos).

Lorde se ha abstenido hasta ahora de dirigirse de forma contundente a The Recording Academy y ha preferido centrar su atención en los fans que la han apoyado tanto a lo largo de los últimos días. La estrella compró un anuncio a página entera en un diario neozelandés en el que publicó una nota escrita a mano: «Oh, ¡hola! Escribo esto desde Nueva York. [Mi hermano] Angelo y yo estábamos sentados en el Madison Square Garden ayer y vimos un montón de cosas locas y maravillosas. Sólo quiero decir gracias, desde lo más profundo de mi corazón, por el cariño y por abrazar [mi álbum] ‘Melodrama’ de la forma en la que lo habéis hecho. Mi nominación os pertenece. Gracias, también, por creer en las mujeres músicas. Sentáis un precedente precioso. Todo mi amor, Lorde».

This article was originally published by: Glamour

Lorde & Harry Styles Steal The Show At The 2017 ARIA Music Awards

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Lorde and Harry Styles made headlines for their jaw-dropping performances and for the beginning of a fabulous friendship at the 2017 Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards today (November 28). The international acts performed alongside some of Australia’s biggest stars including Amy SharkGang of YouthsJessica Mauboy and Peking Duk and created some memorable moments.

The New Zealander took the stage to perform a Melodrama medley. It was her first set at an awards show since she danced to “Homemade Dynamite” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards after being diagnosed with the flu. Dressed in a simple white gown, she opened with her soulful ballad “Liability” before transitioning into the project’s lead single “Green Light.” Her vocals were particularly strong, and the number was visually thrilling as she performed the explosive anthem in front of a bold light show.

Although she was competing for the title of Best International Artist, the honor was bestowed to Harry. The former One Directioner made it clear that there was no bad blood between the pair by stopping by Lorde’s seat for a quick embrace on the way to collect his trophy. This will hopefully signify the beginning of a new celebrity friendship, and it already sent fans of both acts into a collective tailspin on Twitter.

Harry also delivered a rocking rendition of his current single, “Kiwi.” The pop rocker was joined by a full band and dazzled in a sparkling suit. He kept things fairly stripped back, opting to focus on his sublime vocal performance. Watch Harry’s performance below and Lorde’s up top!

This article was originally published by: Idolator 

Lorde Teams Up With Khalid, Post Malone & SZA On “Homemade Dynamite” Remix

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Lorde ropes in a trio of rising stars for a new remix of Melodrama LP highlight, “Homemade Dynamite.” Khalid, who broke big earlier this year with “Location,” is the first collaborator to leave his mark on the track. “I wanna feel the light, pushin’ our limits,” he croons in a chorus. “Unbuckled for the ride.” The 19-year-old then sings about being too high to drive, before joining the Kiwi on the chorus. Next up is SZA, who continues with the theme of recklessness and flawed decision-making.

“I checked your girl at the door, I sent your friend to the store,” the Ctrl singer coos. “It’s only me and you.” Somewhat surprisingly, Post Malone has the sweetest verse. “You’re a runaway train, yeah and you got me so faded,” he raps. “And I don’t wanna chase it. You know I think you’re awesome, right?” Like Khalid and SZA, he then joins Lorde for a sing-long on the chorus. The “Royals” singer hasn’t had a massive radio song this era, but her star-studded remix has all the ingredients a multi-format hit. Listen below.

This article was originally published by: Idolator 

Lorde’s “Perfect Places” Video Shows Her Version Of Paradise

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Lorde just released the music video for “Perfect Places,”and the visual serves as the perfect wistful — if not slightly solitary — complement to the poppy youth anthem about being “nineteen and on fire” and getting away from it all… only to find out that there really are no perfect places.

It is the third single off her album Melodrama, which she co-wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff and Frank Dukes. The Grant Singer-directed clip is visually stunning, with Lorde as the focus with scenes out of a postcard as her backdrop. First, she’s getting lost among tall stalks of grass, and then she’s running on a beach in a red gown. She takes a swim (and a drink) in a stream beside a waterfall, also taking a moment for an oceanside cup of tea. She swings in a tree in the forest, looking every inch the ethereal wood nymph.

When night falls, she wears a ball gown while standing on a rock overlay, overlooking the twilight sky, and then she’s frolicking around a bonfire, shooting a gun and fanning the blaze. The cinematography is truly arresting, but for a song about being young and not giving a fuck about what’s going on in the world, it feels remarkably lonely. She may be getting lost in the moment, but it seems she’s lost alone. Watch up top.

This article was originally published by: Idolator

Lorde Is Taylor Swift’s Friend, but She’s Not in Her Squad

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Lorde has disassociated herself from Taylor Swift ‘s squad.

In an interview with Australia’s Sunrisethat aired Friday, co-host David Koch asked the New Zealand native about how she «coped» with befriending some of the people she’d idolized, like Beyoncé and Swift. «The second you think too hard about it, you’ll just go insane,» Lorde, 20, explained. «It’s best to be like, ‘We’re in wonderland and it’s just what happens around here.'»

«Also,» Lorde clarified, «I don’t hang out with these people at all.»

«Hang on!» Koch said. «You’re part of Taylor’s squad; all the magazines tell us!»

Lorde shook her head at the notion. «You know, you make friends in different places,» the singer said. «But I think for the most part I’m not, like, calling my idols for advice necessarily.»

Instead, the «Green Light» singer said her parents—and not other musicians—have been her biggest mentors. «My parents are so inspiring in different ways. We’re a close family, and we’re very different. My mom’s a poet and very emotional; I’m a reader because of her,» she said. «My dad’s an engineer—very methodical and very calm. I take a lot from both of them, I think.»

Lorde appeared on Sunrise to promote Melodrama, her recently released sophomore album. «It’s very scary putting out a second album, but it could not have gone better,» she said of recording a follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine, which won two Grammys. «I feel really grateful.»

She’s quite proud of Melodrama. «It sounds very different to Pure Heroine, and a lot of the sentiments are very different, but it is still me, and it’s still me sort of thrashing my arms around and singing like my heart depends on it,» Lorde laughed. «I think people sorta get that about it.»

Lorde will kick off her 60-date world tour in Manchester Sept. 26, and her trek will end Apr. 15, 2018 in Nashville. «I am such a different performer than I was when I was 16. I feel like I can really lead a show with nothing but my body and a microphone and a pair of sneakers,» Lorde shared. «The music lends itself more to a live atmosphere. It’s stuff you can actually dance to.»

 This article was originally by: E! News 

Lorde Compares Friendship With Taylor Swift to Someone Suffering From an Autoimmune Disease

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It’s not easy to maintain a friendship with Taylor Swift .

Just ask Lorde, who knows first-hand what it’s like to call on of Hollywood’s most followed (and scrutinized) celebs a best friend. The New Zealand-based pop star provided an interesting metaphor for their years-long friendship during an interview with The Guardian, comparing it that of someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease.

«It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies,» Lorde admitted, referencing Swift’s A-list status. «There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do. There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.»

But unlike some of her non-famous confidantes, having the 1989 artist in her circle comes with major perks. Lorde explained, «It’s an element of wanting to stick together. Because it can be so scary to do this. These friendships, they’re about having a hand put on your shoulder by someone who knows. They’re about hearing, ‘I’ve done it, too.»

She’s since issued a social media apology, replying to a Twitter user who called the comments «incredibly ignorant.» Lorde wrote, «didn’t mention taylor, but regardless, i f–ked up & that was really insensitive. i’m sorry»Swift and Lorde’s tight-knit bond dates back to 2013 when the «Shake It Off» songstress sent the then-rising star congratulatory flowers after a performance. From there, Lorde, 20, told late-night host Jimmy Fallon that the duo got to know each other over burgers in New York City, and the rest—as they say—is history.

But prior to Taylor inducting the brunette beauty into her famous squad, Lorde made headlines for criticizing the singer for being an unrealistic role model. She told Metro Magazine in 2013, «Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls [who might think] ‘I’m never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can’t I be as pretty as Lorde?’ That’s f–king bulls–t.»

Lorde later said she «regret» her remarks, and apologized for «not thinking too hard before I speak.»As it turns out, Swift had never even seen her bestie’s mistaken diss, and in a Rolling Stone interview, Lorde revealed, «[Taylor] was like, ‘It’s fine. If all you’ve done is call someone perfect, it’s not that bad.'»

The pair has been inseparable ever since, with Swift hosting her friend’s star-studded birthday celebration last November.Taylor also penned a heartfelt note to the birthday girl at the time, writing on Instagram, «Thank you for the music you make, the advice you give, the thoughts you provoke, and the way you’ve made my life more beautiful since the first day we met up in New York and ate burgers on a park bench and got attacked by squirrels. I. Love. You. So. Much. Ella.»

This article was originally published by: E! News

Lorde Releases «Sober» From Her Upcoming Album «Melodrama»

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We are just days away from the release of Lorde’s album Melodrama, and the anticipation is definitely skyrocketing. Considering that the songs she’s shared so far have all been nothing shy of epic, we’re pretty sure that this entire album is going to be an emotional rollercoaster – in the best way possible. If you’re clamoring for another taste of what’s to come, you’re in luck; the singer-songwriter has just dropped another track from the upcoming album, and it’s just as incredible as the previous ones.

Lorde’s latest song is called «Sober,» and it’s a slow, electro-pop jam guaranteed to punch you right in the feels. With lyrics like «But my hips have missed your hips / So, let’s get to know the kicks / Will you sway with me? / Go astray with me?» the song is undoubtedly going to make you think of someone from your life, be it your past or present.

As for the history of the song itself, Lorde opened up about its creation – and its meaning – in a series of tweets earlier today (Friday, June 9). She explained that the idea for the song came to her while she was in the back of an Uber, and she immediately «bolted» to the studio to start working on the track. According to the singer, «Sober» is about infatuation and young love. «It’s leaning and drawling, juvenile and triumphant – impressing someone, then embarrassing yourself,» she wrote on Twitter. Yep, it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there – and Lorde definitely understands, perfectly capturing those feelings in this song. Check out what she had to say about the track below, and then listen to «Sober» for yourself. You’ll definitely be keeping it on repeat all weekend long.

This article was originally published by: Teen Vogue
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