Lorde Proves She Will Literally Call Anyone Out By Trashing Her Own Song

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Knowing Lorde as well as we do now (What? We’re best friends, duh), we’ve come to expect a certain level of candidness, especially when it comes to voicing her opinion on just about anything.  From feminism to the overuse of Photoshop, Lorde has earned many a slow clap from her fans for being young, smart, and speaking her mind.  What caught me a little off-guard today, however, was reading that she absolutely hates the song “Royals.”  Which is her song.

“I listen to people covering the song and putting their own spin on it, and I listen to it in every single form except the one I put out…and I realize that actually it sounds horrible!  It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia!  None of the melodies are cool or good! It’s disastrous. Awful… But for some reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love more than a few “Royals” covers, and not just the ones done by college a capella groups.  But I do think she’s being a little bit of a grumpy Gus about her own song – mostly because it’s actually a pretty great song (it’s not as played out as “Let it go”, at least) and partly because she’s too young to be so hard on herself about a number one hit.  Speaking of young, what was she, like seven in 2006?  Those Nokia phones were cool back then, young lady!  I spent copious amounts of time mastering Snake during freshman core classes. In 2004, so there.

I guess this just goes to show you that even young musical geniuses who win Grammys still take part in a little self-loathing every now and then.  I can’t decide if that makes me feel better or worse.  Thoughts?

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    • Jenny

      A lot of artists hate their own songs. A prime and overused example is Led Zep. They loathe Stairway to Heaven, so.
      I guess for some people, if they’ve got to keep listening to the same thing over and over again, they probably get sick of it, regardless of whether it’s their own song, right?

    • Reese

      That is not at all what I took from her quote. Sounds to me like she is insulting the song and saying how bad it is but its better when she sings it. Sounds like she is only praising herself and putting down anyone who has covered it.

      ” I listen to people covering the song and putting their own spin on it, and I listen to it in every single form except the one I put out…and I realize that actually it sounds horrible! It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia! None of the melodies are cool or good! It’s disastrous. Awful… But for some reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked.”

      • sam

        Yeah I see how it could be interpreted like that but I thought she meant that no matter how people changed it, it wasn’t a great song. Also i have heard a lot of people say that royals was one of the weaker songs off of Pure Heroine.

    • Nell Freeman-Johnson

      Girl shut up and stop crying. Enjoy the success. Because the next it girl is just around the corner

    • Namnoot

      Hey, at least Lorde fans have a bit of a defense the next time she’s critical of somebody and that person’s fans go off all half-cocked, by saying she’s willing to be critical of herself too. She can give it and take it. Nothing wrong with that. And she’s hardly the first artist to dislike one of their hit songs, especially since she’s had to perform it a zillion times over the past year,

    • Jared

      Snake has nothing to do with that terrible ringtone from Nokia.

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