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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.

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.

Listen to Slant‘s 25 Best Singles of 2013

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2013
Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2013

Last year's biggest hits heralded the return of good times unto perpetuity, eternal youth and the enduring pleasure of receiving your first phone call from the set of washboard abs next door. Perhaps taking a cue from Britney Spears's prescriptive “Till the World Ends,” maybe just drunk on borrowed time, 2013's biggest singles took the pleasure principle to reckless new, solipsistic heights. It was the sort of year when the real-life counterpart to Mike Seaver could slick his thick hair up and let the devil horns sprout, betting the farm that nothing unlocks a good girl faster than “agreeing” with her with a wink in your eye that lets you both know you're lying. Still, the year's best tracks invariably stared down the lies of the moment and opted instead for sincerity and honesty. And the truth often hurts. This embittered sincerity gave listeners a whole new set of hashtags to test out in the hope that, next year, everybody will be dancing and be doin' it right.