Lorde Announces 'Solar Power' Album Release Date, 2022 Tour & Eco-Conscious CD Alternative

After releasing her comeback single “Solar Power” earlier this month, Lorde has announced the release date of her third album of the same name, as well as a 2022 world tour. Solar Power will be released on Aug. 20, while her tour -- which kicks off in North America on April 3, 2022 -- will go on sale to the general public on June 25.

“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” Lorde says of the follow-up to 2017’s Melodrama in a press statement. “In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

Meanwhile, Solar Power will be released in a disc-less, eco-conscious CD alternative called a “Music Box,” designed to minimize the carbon footprint of the new album. Each Music Box will include additional visual content, handwritten notes, exclusive photos and a download card; the card will let customers access the album, two exclusive bonus tracks and other “special surprises” to be announced later.

“I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD,” Lorde says. “I wanted this Music Box product to be similar in size, shape and price to a CD, to live alongside it in a retail environment, but be something which stands apart and that’s committed to the evolving nature of a modern album.”

Melodrama, which was nominated for album of the year at the 2018 Grammys, has earned 975,000 equivalent album units to date, with 248,000 in pure album sales, according to MRC Data. Like its predecessor, the 12-track Solar Power was produced by Jack Antonoff.

Lorde’s 2022 tour will be promoted by AEG Presents in the United States and Canada, and marks her first North American tour since 2018. Check out the Solar Power track list and Lorde’s newly announced tour dates below:

Solar Power:

  1. The Path
  2. Solar Power
  3. California
  4. Stoned in the Nail Salon
  5. Fallen Fruit
  6. Secrets From a Girl (Who's Seen It All)
  7. The Man with An Axe
  8. Dominoes
  9. Big Star
  10. Leader of a New Regime
  11. Mood Ring
  12. Oceanic Feeling

2022 tour:

Feb. 26: Christchurch, NZ (Electric Avenue Festival)
Feb. 27: Upper Moutere, NZ (Neudorf Vineyards)
March 1: Wellington, NZ (Days Bay)
March 2: Havelock North, NZ (Black Barn Vineyards)
March 4: New Plymouth, NZ (Bowl of Brooklands)
March 5: Auckland, NZ (Outerfields)
March 10: Brisbane, AU (Riverstage)
March 12: Melbourne, AU (SMMB)
March 15: Sydney, AU (Aware Super Theatre)
March 19: Perth, AU (Belvoir Amphitheater)
April 3: Nashville, TN (Opry House)
April 5: Detroit, MI (Masonic Temple Theatre)
April 7: Montreal, QC (Salle Willfrid Pelletier)
April 8: Toronto, ON (Meridian Hall)
April 12: Boston, MA (Boch Center – Wang Theatre)
April 15: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
April 16: Washington, DC (The Anthem)
April 18: New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)
April 20: Philadelphia, PA (The Met)
April 22: Chicago, IL (The Chicago Theatre)
April 25: Minneapolis, MN (The Armory)
April 27: Denver, CO (Mission Ballroom)
April 30: Seattle, WA (WaMu Theatre)
May 1: Portland, OR (Theater of the Clouds)
May 3: San Francisco, CA (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
May 5: Los Angeles, CA (Shrine Auditorium)
May 7: Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara Bowl)
May 25: Leeds, UK O2 (Academy)
May 26: Edinburgh, UK (Usher Hall)
May 28: Manchester, UK (O2 Victoria Warehouse)
May 30: Birmingham, UK (O2 Academy)
June 1: London, UK (Roundhouse)
June 2: London, UK (Roundhouse)
June 7: Paris, FR (Casino de Paris)
June 8: Amsterdam, NL (AFAS Live)
June 10: Barcelona, ES (Primavera Sound)
June 13: Zurich, CH (Halle 622)
June 14: Munich, DE (Zenith)
June 16: Rome, IT (Cavea – Auditorium Parco della Musica)
June 17: Villafranca di Verona, IT (Castello di Villafranca)
June 18: Sibenik, HR (Saint Mihovil Fortress)
June 21: Cologne, DE (Open Air am Tanzbrunnen)
June 23: Berlin, DE (Verti Music Hall)