Lorde was 16 when she became an international pop star, toured the world and became part of Taylor Swift's squad. That's a lot to process at such a young age. Any age, really. So, she went away for a few years to do some growing, thinking and reflecting. Now 20, she poured that mind-spinning experience into her upcoming second album, Melodrama, whose first single, "Green Light," has already got critics doing back-flips.
"For me it was kind of about processing what I wanted to say next, I knew it couldn't be just any old thing, it had to be really special. It had to be really singular," she told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio show on Thursday (March 2). "It couldn't sound the same as the old stuff and there was a lot of discovery that went on."
That seeking led to "Green Light," which Lorde said was a kind of "oh s--t" moment that made all the other songs she worked on for 18 months with Jack Antonoff (Bleachers/fun.) suddenly make sense. "The song is about a heartbreak and it's not something that I really am used to writing about," she said of the propulsive single that features a drum break by whiz kid producer Frank Dukes (Camila Cabello, Drake.) "It took me a while to figure out how to write about that... my first major heartbreak."