Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation.
The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios. Could it be the artist got a referral from Asbury Park’s patron saint Bruce Springsteen?
The Asbury location is a prime studio in the area and has been used by local heavyweights Bon Jovi and The Gaslight Anthem. But Springsteen and Lorde also have a history: The Boss covered “Royals” while on tour in Australia earlier this year.
Lorde recorded the yet-unnamed track with Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Coldplay, U2, Bruno Mars) who flew in for the two-day session, which took place from Aug. 28-29 (see an Instagram here). The track was engineered by Matt Wiggins, who took time out from a recording session with U2 to make the trek to New Jersey, and Lakehouse engineer Eric Romero.
Lorde shared possible lyrics to the song on her Twitter page: “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm,” read the handwritten words.
In addition to recording, Lorde and her band utilized the town’s Paramount Theater on the boardwalk to prepare for her tour, which kicks off Friday (Sept. 5) at the Mann Theater in Philadelphia.
But it wasn’t all work and no play: The teen took in the sights, strolling the boardwalk unnoticed and enjoying a meal in the town.
The Hunger Games soundtrack is scheduled to be released three days before Mockingjay soars into theaters on Nov. 21.
Update (Sept. 7): A previous version of this story quoted studio manager Jon Leidersdorff; It has been edited and updated.