In addition to her stellar musical ability, Lorde has become known for making bold, often uncensored comments about other artists. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer continued that practice in a recent interview with Interview Magazine.
Speaking about the 2012 beginnings of her "Love Club" EP, Lorde discussed the state of music at the time. "Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn't relate to me -- or anyone that I knew," Lorde said. "I began thinking, 'How are we listening to this? It's completely irrelevant.'"
UPDATE: On her Twitter account late Tuesday, Lorde said she had no issue with Drake or Minaj, and that her comments reflected her own situation.
nice try @ComplexMag, but i have nothing but love and admiration for both nicki and drake (have said this x1000)— Lorde (@lordemusic) November 27, 2013
just because their songs aren't my reality (being 17 and from auckland) doesn't mean i don't admire their musicianship and careers!— Lorde (@lordemusic) November 27, 2013
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The "Royals" singer made headlines earlier this year when she criticized Taylor Swift for her "unattainable" image and spoke out against Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" single from a feminist standpoint. In an interview with MTV back in October, Lorde defended her right to express opinions on today's pop stars.
"I think there's a funny culture in music that's only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn't 100-percent good, you're a 'hater,' even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique," she said. "People will say exactly what they think about a movie or a TV show, and that's fine, but as soon as you say it about a record, you're like some little zombie in a funny dungeon."
For more from Lorde, head over to Interview.
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