Lorde, the sudden megastar teenager/ big Nicki Minaj fan whose song “Royals” is currently sitting at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, will release her debut LP, Pure Heroine, September 30th via Lava/Republic. Early this morning, in Paris for the first time, she released “Team,” a new single with rumbling bass and triumphant hand claps taken from the record. In August, Lorde explained two of the song’s key lines to FADER:
I have this song on the record, and it has two lines on it which were very important for me to put on there. One of them was: We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen. Because I like in Auckland, which is definitely not New York. It just felt important for me to be speaking for the minority. Coming from a small city, somewhere that feels unimportant, you just wanna get out of there. You’re whole teenage life The other line is: I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air. Because, there’s been so much of that in pop music, and I’m like, this is the stupidest thing. Being told to put your hands in the air? That’s the last thing I wanna do right now. I just wanted to be a bit more realistic. I don’t if that’s relating to young people in general, or just people who listen to pop.