Lorde: ''Royals' Sounds Awful, Like a 2006 Nokia Ringtone'

"I realize that actually it sounds horrible," the singer says.

Lorde: ''Royals' Sounds Awful, Like a 2006 Nokia Ringtone'
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Young pop sensation Lorde openly bashed her breakthrough singe "Royals," explaining how she realized that it sounds "horrible" and even comparing it to a Nokia ringtone.

Chatting with the Daily Record, Lorde commented (via Gigwise), "I listen to people covering the song and putting their own spin on it, and I listen to it in every single form except the original one I put out, and I realize that actually it sounds horrible."

Continuing to slam, the vocalist added, "It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia. None of the melodies are cool or good. It's disastrous. Awful ... But for the same reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked out."

Fans and critics would probably disagree with Lorde, seeing that the single has received pretty much unanimous praise from both sides, selling over 5 million units in the US alone.

The list of artists covering "Royals" is now quite a lengthy one, and features Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, DJ Starscream of Slipknot and more.

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    igo147
    "Lorde slams 2006 Nokia ringtones" should've been the title.
    ridinglightning
    "Continuing to slam, the vocalist added, "It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia. None of the melodies are cool or good. It's disastrous. Awful ... But for the same reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked out." SLAAAAAMMMMM
    Insanity ninja
    As much as I hate that song, Lorde seems pretty cool.
    GALGOPOWER
    LORDE CAN SUCK MY BALLS!
    yorkshiremikey
    Dude, she's like 16...
    razorback91
    So her lady parts are developed, and your problem is?
    Shametome
    The problem still stands, she's like 16.
    still.rockin.12
    Lorde seems to be a very interesting person. I personally like the song. I tend to gravitate towards guitar driven songs being a player. But "Royals" has a catchy hook without being the cookie cutter remake of most of the pop music of today. I would never compare it to what the Beatles did to change the music of the time, but it is refreshing.
    JerBearX
    For those who hate Royals, check out her full album. Plenty of songs that really resonated with me. She has a lot of really good music! The worst song on the album just HAD to become the most popular!
    Nero Galon
    I've heard her Pure Heroine album twice through and agree it is actually pretty damn good. I never really heard 'Royals' all that much since I avoid TV and Radio like the plague so when a popular mainstream song breaks out, I rarely hear it.
    TNA
    It's easy to slam the hard work that many other people did on that song. Like the producer, mixing engineers, mastering engineers, the actual studio, the band. Why don't you go record yourself next time Lorde?
    MaggaraMarine
    So are you saying you aren't allowed to have opinions because you can't do better? If there's a song that I don't like, I just don't like it. I don't need to write a "better" song (whatever that even means) to dislike a song.
    joe164
    So essentially: "When I did it, it worked. But then other people covered it and I realized it sucked" :-/ back-handed humility.
    bustapr
    as much as a song you make sucks, you should never admit that it sucks if its currently making you millions. well, at least I would never diss my biggest hit at the height of its popularity.