In anticipation of the release of her sophomore album, “Melodrama”, on June 16, Lorde covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
In the magazine, the singer opens up about her time away since her debut, “Pure Heroine”, in 2013. The album catapulted her to superstardom, selling more than a million copies and spawning several hit singles like “Royals” and “Team”.
Now, Lorde has returned a little wiser and with more to say. Looking back at her instant success at the age of 16, the “Green Light” singer has some choice words. “Now I can look back and be like, ‘That was f**ked. All of it. F**ked. Insane,'” she declares.
Returning to music and putting together “Melodrama” took her a moment. “It kind of takes a second, I learned, to write your way out of the record you just made,” she reveals to the magazine.
Lena Dunham’s boyfriend, musician, and producer Jack Antonoff teamed up with Lorde for her follow-up record. The first song they worked on together was “Liability”, which is about her problems with fame. Writing the song opened up a door for them to be honest with one another and the music began to flow after that.
Lorde says this new record is inspired by her friends in New Zealand and their experiences together. Spending time with her friends back home following her success was important to the creation of this album.
“I would go to New Zealand and do everything that I end up writing about, and then I’d fly 10,000 miles and write about it,” she reveals. “I felt having the distance was really important for me. I really needed the freedom to be like, ‘This is what I’m gonna say about this person.'”
The idea for the album came to her one day in 2016. She woke up and just realized it was about melodrama and the rest is history. “It’s like this spooky universe picks the day and gives it to you, and you can’t imagine it being anything else,” she says.