Royals (3:10)

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“Royals” is the debut song by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde from her The Love Club EP (2012) and debut album, Pure Heroine (2013). The song was released on 8 March 2013, as the lead single from the EP. Lorde and Joel Little co-wrote and produced the song. Musically, “Royals” is a minimal and art pop song. Lyrically, it expresses the protagonist’s disdain for the lavish lifestyles of music stars.

Upon release “Royals” was met with acclaim, and won the 2013 APRA Silver Scroll award, New Zealand’s top songwriting prize. Critics placed the track among the year’s best. “Royals” reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached number one in Belgium, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, and was certified triple platinum by Recorded Music NZ. In August 2013, Lorde became the first female solo act to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart since Tracy Bonham in 1996. “Royals” was the second ever track from a New Zealander to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart – after “Somebody That I Used To Know”, from Kimbra in collaboration with Australian-Belgian singer Gotye.

Joel Kefali directed the music videos for “Royals”, the first portrayed ordinary teenagers doing mundane things, in slow motion – an ‘international version’ followed, additionally featuring short Lorde appearances. The track has been remixed by artists including Rick Ross, The Weeknd, Gilbere Forte, and Pomplamoose.


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I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address
In the torn up town, no post code envy

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