When you hear the words 16 year old pop star, you expect a certain amount of flash and excess to come with it. Just how the game is played now. Perhaps that’s why “Royals” from Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is such a pleasant surprise. The song, which went to #1 in the singles chart in her home country New Zealand, is introspective in a way that you don’t often hear from teenagers.
What’s “Royals” about? Is it anti the materialist stuff you sing about, or a celebration of it?
It’s not so much a declaration of dislike for the stuff I namedrop, more calling ‘bullshit’ on it all. I thought it was time someone in popular music was saying what everyone my age was thinking: we don’t even have licenses, let alone Maybachs. I enjoy listening to music with really lavish, opulent stuff talked about, but purely on a shallow level; ”Royals” was me trying to get real.
WATCH: Lorde “Royals”