Lorde addresses criticism of split from manager: 'Men, don't underestimate my skill'
The New Zealand singer reportedly parted ways with manager Scott Maclachlan last month
The New Zealand singer, who is at work on her second album with producer Joel Little, parted company from her manager for unspecified reasons a month ago, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Observers such as the Guardian’s Eamonn Forde questioned the wisdom of splitting from Maclachlan, who had signed the singer to Universal Music aged 11 after seeing her perform on video at a talent show.
hey, men - do me and yourselves a favour, and don't underestimate my skill— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 20, 2015
She added, "yes, i'm a young lass, but i'm also making the best decisions for me each day. #stayeducated"
Maclachlan’s Auckland company Saiko Management has removed Lorde from its website, but declined to comment to the New Zealand Herald on the apparent split.
Lorde recently updated fans on the progress of her second album.
The New Zealand star released her debut album 'Pure Heroine' in 2013, with her producer and co-writer Joel Little recently claiming that the singer was "trying new things" for her next LP.
Now, writing on her official Tumblr page, Lorde writes that she "took a few months off" at the beginning of the year and is now "just getting into making the next body of work". "[It's] very exciting and scary but so validating," she added.
In the post, Lorde also reveals how her work has been influenced by Swedish electro-popper Robyn. Detailing a discussion with friends about "which one song they would send into space, to live on forever", Lorde says she would pick 'Dancing On My Own' by Robyn, originally released in 2010. "This song, to me, is perfect," she said. "It's happy and sad, fiery and independent but vulnerable and small, joyous even when a heart is breaking."
On listening to the song again in the studio, Lorde admitted, "It was then when I realised I'm going to be in love with music for the rest of my life. It's going to be the most important friendship I'll ever have. I'll never, ever leave it alone, because you can’t leave alone something like that."
Lorde also stated that she is "taking my time to make the new [music] as good as I can". Read the full blog post here.