WHY LORDE ISN’T “JUST ANOTHER TEENY-BOPPER”

WHY LORDE ISN’T “JUST ANOTHER TEENY-BOPPER”

Leigh MichaelFriday,29 November 2013

The Snap:

If you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t one of the 100 million YouTube “Royals” listens, then it’s time to get up on your Lorde game.

Lorde, a spunky 17 year-old singer from New Zealand, has been hailed as the antithesis of other young female musicians like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. And there’s some truth to what they’re all saying.

The Download:

I was recently listening to Spotify when an ad came on (shame, shame, you now all my name…. Yes, I have not yet splurged on the Premium account. Whatever.) It said something along the lines of “Watch Miley Cyrus, the most talked-about artist of today, on tour now. Blah blah blah blah Go to the spectacle to see what she’ll do next!”

So………… even Miley’s advertisements can’t lie and pretend that she’s actually talented? Instead she’s reduced herself to a spectacle, to something “talked about” that only merits my business so I can see what absurdity she cooks up next?

The point of this tangent? I know it’s unfair, but the whole “teen pop star thing” has left me a little jaded. So when I heard of this spunky 17 year-old singing a song titled “Royals,” my expectations were far from high.

I’m so glad I didn’t listen to my better judgment.

Her single is steeped in irony; it drips with sarcasm and oozes derision for the content that stocks the conventional pop songs. Aside from being unbelievably catchy, “Royals” has lyrics like this:

I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I’m not proud of my address,
In a torn-up town, no postcode envy

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.

Lorde, aka Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor is a seventeen year-old hailing from New Zealand. She was reading Vonnegut at thirteen and proofreading her mom’s master’s thesis at fourteen. She’s brutally honest (and borderline apathetic) about the role of feminism in today’s music industry.

Lorde is still a kid. She’s still growing up. But she doesn’t have any illusions about it. And there’s something seriously refreshing about that.

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Hat Tips:

Buzzfeed, Salon, HuffPost, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons



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