“Team” is the third single for Lorde’s debut LP, Pure Heroine. The song was released on 13 September 2013. It’s a bittersweet, dreamy track with a beat that further criticizes the glamour depicted in “Royals” through a fantasy world.
'Team' was generally well received by most contemporary critics, who praised its musical style, lyrical content and Lorde's vocal delivery on the track. The single garnered success on charts internationally, peaking at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 3 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. In Oceania, it peaked at number 19 in Australia and debuted and peaked at number 3 in New Zealand. 'Team' was certified platinum by both the Australian Recording Industry Association and Recorded Music NZ.
The singer has said the following about Team's music video:
"This video was born from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger."
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