Lorde to make live return with ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance

Singer rumoured to be releasing her second album in March

Lorde has been confirmed as musical guest for an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live.

The New Zealand has been teasing her new album in recent months, with reports suggesting that the record could be released next month.

Now it has been announced that Lorde will perform on SNL come March 11, with Scarlett Johansson hosting that episode. The performance will marks Lorde’s live return, with the singer recently announcing her first festival booking of 2017.

The announcement was made via the SNL Twitter, with it also confirmed that Father John Misty will be musical guest for the March 4 show, with Hidden Figures star Octavia Spencer as guest host.

Lorde released her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ in 2013. Last November, Lorde teased her upcoming second album, posting to Twitter a photo of a pair of standard issue Apple ear buds, explaining that she likes to “listen to the record on these every day”. She added: “wanna hear it exactly how you will”.

In the time since ‘Pure Heroine’, Lorde honoured David Bowie with a tribute at the 2016 BRIT Awards, recorded and released new songs for the ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack and collaborated with Disclosure for the track ‘Magnets’.

In November, Lorde also shared an emotional message on Facebook – discussing her coming of age, her past, and her future – she wrote; “I’m not a kid any more, and more and more I’m realizing that the weirdness of those Mylar balloons is going to be okay,” she wrote. “Writing ‘Pure Heroine’ was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record – well, this one is about what comes next.”

She continued: “I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing – I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I’ve written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You’ll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand.”