Source: grammy.com (Ella Maria and her pup).
The only chance I have to listen to radio music is at the place I volunteer. When I arrive on Monday mornings, the dial is almost always tuned to a station playing the latest hits. Usually, the playlist changes little, week to week.
I distinctly remember the first time I heard 16 year-old songwriter Lorde (Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor), a New Zealander of Croatian and Irish decent. I overheard several employees speculating on what the lyrics of her hit meant. One said: “I can’t figure it out, but I like it.” The title “Royal” gave me a clue, referring to the British Monarchy. But after watching her video, the meaning becomes quite clear, her song is about growing-up in an ordinary middle-class neighborhood. Like the song, the video is stripped down electronically, in a rather plain way, making a point of being anti-glam, which generally dominates most top-rated videos these days.
Lorde just turned 17 this November, so it’s a decent bet we’ll be hearing more from her soon. With 4 Grammy nominations, she’s off to an amazing start for her career.
“Royals” had a splendid 9 week run at number one on Billboard’s Top 100, only to be knocked-off by Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” Disappointing because, as the title indicates, Miley’s song and video are a wreck. It should be avoided at all costs.
Choose this one instead: