Lorde says her hit single ‘Royals’ is ‘not profound’

16 year old singer says she is surprised nobody else wrote something similar before she got the chance

Lorde has has said the lyrical content of her US Number One single ‘Royals’, which criticises the lavish lifestyle pop stars sing about in their songs, is not profound.

Speaking to The Guardian, Lorde says that ‘Royals’, which replaced Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ at the top spot of the US Billboard chartearlier this week, is not a “profound” song and that she is surprised that nobody else wrote anything similar before she got the chance to do so.

“Writing ‘Royals’ was sort of like: ‘Why the fuck isn’t anyone talking about this?'” the 16-year-old is quoted as saying. “I feel like I’m late to the party saying it, but actually I’m not, there’s nothing here, how is there nothing here? And so all these people started telling me that what I’m saying is, like, profound. Are you serious? No, it’s not. It’s hugely concerning for me.”

Discussing her own taste when it comes to partying with her friends, Lorde says she prefers something more low-key than the “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds” lifestyle she attacks in ‘Royals’. “We go to quite, like, grotty parties with super-weird punks, our lives aren’t super-aspirational to the pop world or anything.”

Critiquing her generation’s vanity and tendency to document things online, she continues: “Everyone is so obsessed with how everything looks, how the party will look through a lens the next day. We all have Tumblr and we all have Instagram and everything. People care so much about it because, now, any random can be famous on the internet if their world looks good on Tumblr. And so everyone at high school strives for this kind of aesthetic correctness. I do it as well, you know. I curate my life in a way. It’s always playing on my mind, kind of a love-hate relationship. I’m not one of those people who’s, like, ‘I wish Facebook wasn’t around,’ because, you know, it is what it is.”

Lorde will release ‘Royals’ in the UK on October 20 followed by her debut full-length LP, ‘Pure Heroine’, on October 28. Speaking previously to NME about her desire to retain control over her music, she said: “Everything that’s put out with my name on it should be representative of me and what i want to do as an artist, as opposed to what some dudes in a room think is going to make a lot of money.”

The ‘Pure Heroine’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Tennis Court’
‘400 Lux’
‘Buzzcut Season’
‘Glory And Gore’
‘Still Sane’
‘White Teeth Teens’
‘A World Alone’