How Lorde Became the Life of the Party. The first time, in , when she was 17, was a trial for Lorde—a hyperliterate teenager thrust into the center of one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Now 20, she is familiar with this particular type of fever dream. She runs the stage like a veteran pop star, charismatically chatting with the crowd. Her movements are spidery and wild. Later, she tells me that the scale of a performance like this intimidates her still. Give them back their money. I need to sit alone and watch a cooking show. Playing to tens of thousands of people at the main stage of Coachella is a disquieting proposition for a self-described introvert.
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Lorde appeared set to take the world by storm
It certainly looked like Lorde was poised for superstardom. After a recruiter saw footage of her singing at a middle school talent show, she was signed to a developmental contract and began working on her craft. She placed a heavy focus on lyrics and drew influence and inspiration from her mother, who is a poet. This emphasis on the lyrics and vocals of her songs would continue as she matured and became more famous. She is known for her deep lyrics and haunting voice. At the end of , she scheduled a concert in Tel Aviv, but pro-Palestinian activists urged her to cancel the performance. This demand was part of a larger effort to use boycotts to pressure Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As her Melodrama world tour came to an end, Lorde shocked fans by removing almost everything from her social media accounts in the middle of
In a recent email , the singer updated fans on her newest album, which was previously delayed due to the death of her dog, Pearl. It flowed. A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. Read the full text of the email below:.