What We Love This Week… Lorde!

If I hear the words: “The next big thing” one more time then I may have to go on a rampage with a rusty saw whilst “Madame Butterfly” plays very loudly in the background! It seems artists today cannot be original, there are so many Next Adeles out there I’m surprised the woman in question could pick out herself in a line-up. But lo and behold, the answers to my prayers came from New Zealand of all places with the introduction of Lorde!

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She’s been on everyone’s lips since her single “Royals” hit airwaves earlier this year and dominated the charts across the world. How do you like that One Direction?! You’re not the only teens kicking butt on the music scene this year! At the tender age of sixteen, she’s already achieved more than most artists dare to dream of. Her secret? She’s an original.

With her spooky features, chunky boots and a voice that gives me the chills in all the right places, Lorde has spent the best part of her life locked in the studio clicking into microphones and writing passionate yet delicate lyrics. Having been sighed to Universal when she was twelve she’s spent a good four years developing her unique sound and now she’s reaping the rewards with global acclaim, album sales a plenty and her dignity remains well and truly in her back pocket. The next Lorde is just around the corner, I’m sure, but right now we’re loving the original!

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One thought on “What We Love This Week… Lorde!

  1. I am really indifferent to Lorde as an artist and while I understand the praise of her success (because yes her voice is beautiful I can’t fault it) something about her and the lyrics in her song Royals really rubs me the wrong way and I’m not buying the hype. The hook for it really just eurh,

    ‘But every song’s like:
    Gold teeth
    Grey Goose
    Tripping in the bathroom
    Bloodstains
    Ball gowns
    Trashing the hotel room’

    &

    ‘But everybody’s like:
    Crystal
    Maybach
    Diamonds on your timepiece
    Jet planes
    Islands
    Tigers on a gold leash’

    I can I see examples of other pop culture as to what stereotypically ‘famous’ is but a lot of them are from rap videos which is irritating with all the stick that rap music gets from the media.

    And this is where I put Lorde aside mostly to talk about what bothers me the most.
    The social connotations (that are false but equally annoying) that rap culture = all there is to black culture = bad, we still see around a lot.
    It’s why Huffington Post hails Miley Cyrus as a new feminist icon, praises Lady Gaga for her ‘art-nouveau’ eccentric style, but tells Nicki Minaj to wear more clothes because she dresses like a slut, tell Rihanna numerous times that she’s a bad role model for girls and people actually question if Beyoncé is a feminist constantly just because she wears leotards to her shows and berate her for subjecting to the male gaze.

    Where critics constantly calling out the misogyny in rap but hardly on the industry as a whole. The amount of times I have heard people say they don’t like rap because it’s ‘just about cars, disrespecting women, drugs and violence’ when it started out as a form of story telling and there are in fact soulful emotion filled raps out there that you don’t even have to look that hard for.
    It’s why the media constantly criticizes Kanye for his attitude when he is just being confident in his work but calling himself ‘Yeezus’ is out of line even though John Lennon said that The Beatles were “bigger than jesus”- I have all kinds of other problems with Lennon and his ‘woman is the n*gger of the world”.

    It’s also irritating because while yes, modern rap can be crazy shallow (like most popular music) at times the people who are rapping about their gold teeth and their chains and cars they worked hard to get the money for those things, its their money they have the right to spend it wherever they see fit.
    My problem is that so many people get praised for not being as shallow as rap and hip hop are and they’re the only genres that get tossed under the car by critics and where sneaky racism rears its head.

    I’m kind of sick of how artists such Lana Del Ray, Ke$ha, Kreayshawn Iggy Azaelia, Paul Wall and others (even Eminem) are allowed to pick the ‘rachet’, ‘ghetto’ or ‘urban’ parts for popularity or ‘cred’ without the struggle of racial oppression that started the genre (some even going so far as to using black people as accessories without much criticism on the objectification: see Miley Cyrus and Brooke Candy).
    I’m doubly sick of why when distancing themselves from popular music other artists will specifically use rap and hip hop as thing thing that they are so very different from, adding to that when POC bring up this we are told that we are reading too much in to it and are ‘trying to find racism’ everywhere or ‘make everything about race’.

    My personal view is you don’t have to dismiss a whole genre, artist or race just to boost yourself and your special snowflake status to be praised by the masses for your ‘differences’- just be different and let that speak for itself or if you are a fan of this particular genre (as Lorde said in defence of this criticism before) then don’t then say you didn’t mean for it to come across that way, try and understand how it can be understood that way and check your privilege, truly apologize and then try not to do it again.
    A lot of this comes off as an – ew. music industry racism rant on your Lorde post but I feel like I can’t just state the one thing that irritates me and leave it at that because it’s a culmination of all of these things… I think I’m finished now

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