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Lorde Brings the Melodrama on New Single & Music Video “Green Light”

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Lorde Brings the Melodrama on New Single & Music Video “Green Light”

Brendan Walter

Lorde Brings the Melodrama on New Single & Music Video “Green Light”

It’s been four years since New Zealand’s Lorde took the pop world by storm at just 16 years old with her hit “Royals.” Since then, the singer-songwriter has laid low aside from a contribution to 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack and guest vocals on Disclosure’s 2015 single “Magnets,” a standout from their album Caracal. After teasing her comeback record last week, Lorde has unveiled “Green Light,” the first single from her long-awaited sophomore effort, Melodrama.

Lorde Plays the Femme Fatale in the Music Video for Disclosure’s “Magnets”

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Lorde Plays the Femme Fatale in the Music Video for Disclosure’s “Magnets”
Lorde Plays the Femme Fatale in the Music Video for Disclosure’s “Magnets”

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as 18-year-old New Zealand pop star Lorde, has never been anything less than uncomfortably mature for her age, but her new music video, for Disclosure’s “Magnets,” a standout cut from the U.K. garage duo’s Caracal, transforms the gawky teen into a bona-fide femme fatale. The clip, which premiered today, finds Lorde cavorting with a married man while his meek, buttoned-up, and sometimes bruised wife cautiously prepares his morning coffee and stares blankly out the window of their L.A. manse. “Let’s embrace the point of no return,” Lorde urges as she zombie-struts in her usual way down a glass-encased hallway in a patent-leather trench coat and blood-red lipstick. She gives the wife a knowing glance and pushes the man, tied to a chair, into the pool. Of course, it wouldn’t be a music video if she didn’t also set him on fire. Watch below:

Lorde Unveils the Music Video for "Yellow Flicker Beat," from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I

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Lorde Unveils the Music Video for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I</em>
Lorde Unveils the Music Video for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I</em>

Pop chanteuse Lorde unveiled the music video for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” the lead single from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, which she also curated. In a message posted on her website, the New Zealand singer, who turned 18 today, says “Yellow Flicker Beat” is “about katniss [sic] realizing that things have crossed a line, about being pushed to the edge and right over it.” She describes her character in the video, directed by Emily Kai Bock, as “a shapeshifter, full of intensity and impulse.” Though Lorde can come off as awkward and slightly unhinged during public appearances, there's an elegance and sophistication to her performance here. As for the song itself, it's sonically darker, more dramatic, and fleshed out than the minimalist pop songs on her debut, Pure Heroine, befitting an epic blockbuster franchise like The Hunger Games.

Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions: Record of the Year

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Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions: Record of the Year
Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions: Record of the Year

NARAS's manifesto says the Academy will choose Record of the Year based on artistry alone, “without regard to sales or chart position.” This promise gets easier to keep as the Grammys get older: This year, all five contenders are commercial smashes, and, perhaps equally important, all five singles are equally at home on pop radio and hipster-party playlists. Predicting this category with any certainty would be simply insincere, especially if, say, voters decide to award Daft Punk's banner year here and not in Album of the Year. Bruno Mars has the Super Bowl halftime show, Robin Thicke still has that suit with the slimming vertical pinstripes, and Pharrell—nominated twice here, for his work with Thicke and Daft Punk—has already enjoyed a hell of a Grammy season while the rest of us were still putting our socks on.

Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions: Song of the Year

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Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions: Song of the Year
Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions: Song of the Year

Patterns, history, tradition. These are often the only tools that showbiz awards prognosticators have at their disposal. But tell that to Ben Affleck. As last year's Oscars reminded everyone, sometimes it's best to cast aside all those charts, lick your finger, and stick it out the window to see what's in the air.

Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions
Grammy 2014 Winner Predictions

Starting tomorrow, we'll predict the winners in all four General Field categories of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, airing Sunday night on CBS. To kick things off, though, here are our thoughts on some of the smaller categories:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: If this category is indeed meant to honor performance and collaboration, it's hard to argue with the crossover synergy of Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell's “Blurred Lines,” whereby Pharrell supplies the Marvin Gaye sample (plus those all-important head-bobs), while Thicke brings the yelps, grunts, and falsetto blue-eyed R&B flourishes that critics have admired for a full decade, even as Thicke failed to drop a #1 single. That single is here, and we suspect it means Thicke will be taking home at least one tchotchke on Grammy night. Ted Scheinman