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Lorde Discusses David Bowie And "Royals" Criticism

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01/04/2014 10:08 pm
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Lorde Discusses David Bowie And
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Bradleigh-Ann Walker

Staff Writer

Most 17-year-olds are skipping class and counting down to high school graduation, but not Lorde. Instead, she’s releasing chart-topping hits and receiving praise from the biggest names in the business. In a recent interview with Rookie Magazine, the New Zealand native recounted meeting Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Bowie. When asked if she’d had any moments that made her think her life had “come full circle”, Lorde replied, “Meeting David Bowie was like that. To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow. I was like, I could creatively die and just be happy forever. I never tell anyone about that experience, because it meant so much to me, and I feel like it would be dulled or something if I always talked about it in magazines or whatever.” She even held hands with him and stared into his eyes. No big deal. “It was super cute, though—for some reason we were holding hands and just staring into each other’s eyes and talking, and I was like, This is David Bowie’s hand, what am I doing? It was insane. A beautiful moment,” she added. The teen also spoke about the controversy around her debut single “Royals”, which many labeled as being a critique of hip-hop music. “I mean, it’s one thing for kids who fight in the comments section of YouTube and who use ‘gay’ as an insult to take offense at what you’re doing; but when it’s highly intelligent writers, all of whom you respect, you start to question what you’re doing and if you have done something wrong. I have grown up in a time when rap music is pop music, and I do think people were maybe a little bit selective about the parts of that song they used to make those arguments, because a lot of it is examples of rock excess, or just standard pop culture “rich kids of Instagram”-type excess. But I’m glad that people are having discussions about it and informing me about it,” she said. “Royals” spent nine weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and also topped the UK Top 40 after its release last year. The single snagged three Grammy nominations, and her album Pure Heroine is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Lorde’s tour begins on January 27 with dates across New Zealand, Australia, North America, and South America.


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