Lorde: 'For a Long Time Pop Has Been This Laughable, Shameful Thing'

Singer talks about making pop music serious.

Lorde: 'For a Long Time Pop Has Been This Laughable, Shameful Thing'
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Lorde, 2013's pop success story, has been talking to theĀ Telegraph about the state of pop in the present day.

As the singer notes, while she thinks pop is seen as a shameful thing, she hopes to convince people that it can be taken seriously:

"I didn't expect to be in this world but I think it's kind of cool. For a long time pop has been this laughable, shameful thing. But it's actually gratifying and fun and can unite populations, which I think is incredibly powerful. So hopefully I am showing that pop can be taken seriously."

Lorde also talked about her writing process, and how she wants to give a voice to disempowered teenagers:

"From the beginning, I have written about and for my peers and friends. It is a unifying thing, a call to arms," she says. "You never hear people making generalisations about adults, yet everyone will make them about teenagers. People forget that we are human beings and that we think differently from each other."

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    codyjt5150
    Wow UG. You really did something here. Released all of the closet pop fans. Wtf. What happened people?
    boomtank
    Her face is one of the ugliest faces I have ever seen. She looks like the girl/boy (what is it anyway?) from the Aerials clip by SOAD.
    iommi600
    She's only slightly better than the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, in my opinion... which isn't a thing to brag about, in my book. Besides, "Royals" drives me up the ****ing wall. I'm glad that no one listens to the radio where I work.
    theguitarerguy
    I'm sure you made that statement only after several listenings of her debut album and EP, correct? I mean, you couldn't of only hear Royals and said that, RIGHT?
    iommi600
    Yeah, kind of. A mate of mine told me to listen to her debut album, because he loved it and all. I did it, about 5 times (or more), and I thought it was somewhere between "meh" and "crap". Don't know about the EP, though. Relax, I'm not your regular "pop-hate bandwagoner", I actually despise such a thing. I don't hate on things I've never listened to. Fun fact: I've listened to entire Lady Gaga albums and actually didn't like her music at all, that's why I've used her as a parameter for badness. Also... that's just my opinion. Sorry I didn't like it, please don't kill me for having an opinion.
    UniformRecon
    Gotta say, I'm not as big of a fan of her as most other people I know, and I get sick of hearing "Royals" on the radio every other minute, but I really respect how outspoken she is on the state of the music business. She's really brave for her age, and she's handling her popularity really well. I really hope she doesn't turn into the next Bieber (breakdown and ****-up-their-life type of way), because she's obviously an artist with great potential to have a lasting legacy.
    eatfresh1736
    She lip synced at the Grammys! In what f***ing way is that not shameful?
    bildor
    if you listened carefully she didn`t lip synced, she used samples to help her do the harmonies in her song
    CJSchecter96
    shes unique but shes gonna sell out. I give her a year and no body will care because she'll like the fame and success and be a hypocrite.
    booshki
    She has potential to become a great pop artist. Her first album was pretty good and unique.
    Reevo
    Her music isnt to my taste, but good on her for how well shes done. As a New Zealander im pretty proud of her!
    rmack4341
    Lorde has managed to trick the world into believing she is some kind of prolific songwriter. Read the lyrics to 'Royals'. Actually read them, people. Read 'Team' and 'Tennis Courts'. It's fine I suppose, but she's not John freaking Lennon. Not even close. Even for her age it's not groundbreaking or even that good. Enough with the talk of her already, it's more tired than hearing 'Royals' again. Writing aside, that song is devoid of music. There's barely anything there. Just a lot of so so singing that walks a thin line on going out of tune the entire song.
    Holoogamooga
    Because writing your own songs in the realm of pop music is a rarity these days.
    rmack4341
    Joel Little produced and co-wrote all over her songs. While she didn't utilize a pop songwriting team for help so to speak, she still didn't write them alone. She could have used a songwriting team from what I have read and heard. Probably would have been a major improvement.
    Holoogamooga
    I've been under the impression she wrote all the lyrics herself and Little co-wrote the music. It's better than nothing, but you're right that it's not quite all her.
    MyS3lF
    She the girl who was completely high as **** while performing at the grammy's? You go girl!!
    nzhead
    I doubt she was high. She is only 17 and was there from New Zealand with her Mum
    SocksAndTrees
    Are you implying teenagers don't get high?
    nzhead
    I'm not her stalker - in fact I would prefer to avoid her at the moment - but being from New Zealand as well we have had nothing but Lorde in the news for the last 3 or 4 days. Interviews, live crosses etc etc. As a small country we tend to go over the top with any success we have on the world stage. I'm not naive either I was a teenager once too (a long time ago unfortunately) but she was at The Grammy's sitting literally right next to her Mum and apparently she is back at school today so just saying...I doubt she was high.
    mattjamesrenn
    The media here (NZ) is nothing but cringe, It's like they have won a sporting event or something... It's music, (I like her stuff) not a competition. The awards are a giant turd on art and so is the media. I almost expected a parade for her when she got back with the zombies chanting 'one of us' Man I'm bitter lately, sorry have just started watching tele again... angers me.
    MusicmonkeyTyke
    I've listened to Pure Heroine from start to finish about 7 times now and I straight up think it's one of the best albums of last year, a fantastic piece of music throughout, I really believe she has a heap of talent.
    jamesrulesmetal
    "For a Long Time Pop Has Been This Laughable, Shameful Thing." The mind simply boggles as to why. \m/
    iommi600
    OK... honest question: why do you put "\m/" at the end of every comment?
    Dannym95
    Not because he listens to metal. He is made of metal. It's a very rare condition.
    rmack4341
    "It's a rare condition, this day in age, to read any good news on the enwspaper page....". Family Matters theme song, anyone?? That's the only other place I've heard "rare condition". Anyway, speaking of rare, Lorde has a rare talent. She has managed to trick the world into believing she is some kidn of prolific songwriter. Read the lyrics to 'Royals'. Actually read them, people. Read 'Team' and 'Tennis Courts'. It's fine I suppose, but she's not John freaking Lennon. Not even close. Even for her age it's not groundbreaking or even that good. Enough with the talk of her already, it's more tired than hearing 'Royals'. Writing aside, that song is devoid of music. There's barely anything there. Just a lot of so so singing that walks a thin line on going out of tune the entire song.
    Dannym95
    Every song is like gold teeth, grey goose, tripping on a mongoose, blood stains, carpets, trashing all the harlots, we don't care, we're just caught up like a teddy bear. Those are the correct lyrics, aren't they?
    PoloSG68
    'I am the eggman, they are the eggmen. I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob. '
    bigblockelectra
    She doesn't write the "music" part from what I understand...there is hardly any music there after all, very minimal and cut down. The synth patches are nothing but the basic stuff that you hear over and over in pop. I think she is more of a poet who likes to sing. I am not a huge fan but would listen to this before I listen to the other boom-boom on every down beat stuff that dominates the pop stations.