Lorde will turn 18 years old next weekend. That’s right, she’s only 17 years old right now. And the world is her oyster. Her next big project is about to come out – she “curated” the third soundtrack for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Lionsgate basically handed her complete control of the soundtrack and they’re hoping it makes big money. Thus, Lorde got the cover of Billboard to promote it and talk about her new life as a pop star. I found this Billboard piece kind of charming. She’s young but smart – smart enough to know she doesn’t know everything, but occasionally you get those brief glimpses of “yes, this is a teenager speaking.” Some highlights from the piece:
She cold-called her “idol” Kanye West: Kanye remixed Lorde’s new song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” for the compilation. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza. I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” She wound up hanging out with West in the Malibu, Calif., studio where they assembled the track, although she won’t say more because “he’s private.”
Why she’s doing the soundtrack: “I knew this was right for me as an artist and I felt it would be cool for my career. People that see me as having a couple of hits and performing on an awards show would see that, between records, I’d committed to a pretty serious body of work.”
Her youth in New Zealand: “As weird as I am with communicating. I actually did have a lot of friends in high school. I live in a beach town, and there are these boats that sit on land, and we would break into them. We’d sit in them all night, doing Ouija boards and telling secrets. I remember that feeling so vividly, like, ‘We are here. It’s us against everything else.’ ”
Her strong attachment to youth: “I don’t only listen to music by teenagers, but how you feel and respond to things at this age is really special. We’re just cooler. Oh, no! That’s going to be the pull quote: ‘Teenagers are just cooler!’ The getting-older anxiety is a constant that I’ve learned not to pay attention to because there’s nothing you can do. I signed my deal when I was 13. I’ve grown up learning how to deal with people in business and market myself. You’re very aware of your age and the power and worth that comes with that.”
Friends in the industry: “When I came into this business I was like, ‘I’m not going to make any friends. Let’s face it.’ For the most part, people are really great.”
Her previous criticism of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez: “The thing I regretted is that people knew me for that. Now, if someone does something really stupid, of course I’m going to talk about it. It’s important to me that I’m not just another famous person pretending nothing is wrong. But I’m aware of the fact that everyone is working really hard, and who am I to sh-t on that?”
The online slurs directed at her 24-year-old boyfriend James Lowe: “[At first] you think, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize people are that mean,’ but it’s because people don’t really think of you as a person. You’re this entity, this brand. I had a bit of a realization last year. I was taking things people would say about me quite hard.” She decided that “if something isn’t making me happy or making me better, then it shouldn’t be something that I’m thinking about. After that, everything was OK.” Fame for her is a little like high school. “I never got bullied,” Lorde says, but someone once did throw a rotten pear at her across the quad during lunch. “It hit me so hard in the stomach that it exploded everywhere,” she remembers with a cackle. “Look, you don’t have to do anything in high school to get a rotten pear thrown at you. It’s just what happens, and if you’re annoyed about it, you are silly.”
What she thinks of America: “Um, I think I would find it difficult to live here. I mean, it’s beautiful! There’s a simplicity here that’s really nice. I’m trying to think of something to say that won’t get me, what’s it called, deported?”
There are more details in the Billboard piece, like how she’s tight with Jennifer Lawrence now and they apparently email each other. Lorde mentioned that J-Law’s email address has the word “butt” in it. Because of course. I’m shocked that J-Law’s email isn’t [email protected] (I’m truly sorry if that’s someone’s actual email). What do you think of the shade she’s throwing at America? I mean, it’s okay if someone doesn’t want to live here, but I feel like “simplicity” is major shade. Like she’s calling us stupid.
Photos courtesy of Austin Hargrave/Billboard.
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Lorde’s thoughts on America: ‘There’s a simplicity here that’s really nice’