Night Music: Lorde, “Royals”

Another current hit, it sits at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, after setting some kind of a record for being by a girl on the Alternative Rock chart. I heard this a couple weeks ago and fell for the hard edges of her declaiming, and the song’s clever mixing of working class self-definition with the usual dreams of luxury and love. I’ve since learned that Lorde is 16 (will be 17 in November) and from New Zealand. I’m not sure I see this as Alternative Rock, but it certainly isn’t a Dance track, so whatever. I heard it blasting from a car on the street today, echoing between the buildings, and it’s back in my head. So let’s go to sleep to pop.

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