Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ Inspired By Drake, Nelly Furtado And More

Days after releasing her long-awaited album, “Melodrama”, Lorde sits down for an intimate and in-depth look at her new album with Beats 1 radio.

In the hour-long “rundown of her influences,” the 20-year-old listed off singers such as Paul Simon, Phil Collins and the Mamas and the Papas, she also included Canadian names such as Nelly Furtado and Drake.

Though she refused to listen to any current music while making “Melodrama”, the Grammy Award-winning singer admits she made an exception for Drake’s “Views”. “I think I was very aware of not wanting to chase trends sonically,” she said. “Views came out when we were deep in the process of making it and I remember loving the song so much and I still do love it. I think it helped bring us back into the future in terms of the sonics. I think this is modern Drake at his best.”

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“I do love Drake… he is the crown prince of hip-hop,” he added.

Another Canadian on Lorde’s list of inspirations included Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right”. “This is a song that I love so much and I think the principles of this really inform the record,” she explained. “This is such wise pop songwriting for sure. I’m just a big ole fan of this whole project… So much heart in that song. It’s kind of hard to do that with pop.”

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The year-long process of writing her newest music, Lorde says, was “less like writing an album, more like writing a novel.” Along with her writing partner Jack Antonoff, the pair embarked on an adventure of sorts through L.A. and New York City. “I wrote this record with Jack Antonoff, and we wrote together for a year and a half. We were together every day for a year and a half. It was such a cool time. I really loved the time we spent and I have these wonderful memories,” she told listeners. “We’d go on these beautiful walks at sunset. Jack was obsessed with lychees and would buy big bags of them from the grocery store and there would be a kid with a bubble machine and it would be that beautiful dusky time and I remember thinking there’s nowhere better in the whole world this is so beautiful.”

Lorde’s latest, “Melodrama”, is out now.

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