Lorde's smash "Royals" topped the pop charts for nine weeks last year, and it just won the Song of the Year Grammy to boot. So that's why it's so hard to believe that Lorde herself really doesn't think it's her best work.
Speaking to the Australian magazine The Music, the singer, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, says, "I definitely don't think 'Royals' is my best song. I understand why it worked and why it was kind of a hit, I can see those qualities in it, but at the same time...these melodies are just not as good as something I could have written now." She also feels she would have done the lyrics differently if she wrote the song today.
"I was 15 when I wrote it and I’m 17 now, so I think you grow a lot in that period. It definitely feels like a bit of a relic now,” she explains.
The teen also reveals that she was a bit concerned that initially, people wouldn't be able to relate to her debut album Pure Heroine, which also went on to receive a Grammy nomination.
"If you write super personally, like I do, the worry for me is that if it means so much to me then it’s not gonna mean too much to other people because it’s going to be too specific or whatever,” she tells the magazine. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.
"I feel like a lot of people my age really reacted to it which is so cool for me and is kind of the dream," she says. "I was lucky. I feel like teens are a tough audience and I feel like a lot of the art and that a lot of the material aimed at teens is usually super corny and feels patronizing or whatever, and I am aware of that. But people I guess didn’t feel that about Pure Heroine, which is super cool.”
Lorde will kick off her U.S. tour on March 3 in Austin, Texas.
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