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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 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.

House Playlist Lorde, Phantogram, Glasser, & Vanessa Daou

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House Playlist: Lorde, Phantogram, Glasser, & Vanessa Daou
House Playlist: Lorde, Phantogram, Glasser, & Vanessa Daou

Lorde, “Team”: New Zealand pop singer Lorde has dropped a new single from her debut LP, Pure Heroine, out September 30th on Republic. The 16-year-old describes the song's heroes and heroines as “less classic courtesans on their pedestals, but nonetheless brilliant.”