4 November 2013 – Lorde – Royals – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

This might be the most unlikely #1 hit song of the year.  A sixteen-year old woman from New Zealand – no New Zealander has ever had a #1 hit in the US, by the way – and the song is really percussion-heavy, with some synth in for highlight.  But it’s brilliant, and I am really proud of commercial pop radio for embracing such a different song.

Scott and I have been kind of dragging our heels on posting this one.  For me, it’s because I didn’t really like the song.  It bored me.  But it grew on me.  And then I caught this live performance, as played in the studios of the legendary KCRW.

Pretty much indistinguishable from the studio version, isn’t it?  That’s the mark of a solid artist. This version of the video is the one for the rest of the world, and not the US……

…..and this is the US version.  Not much different.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://sobadforyou.blogspot.com/2013/11/4-november-2013-lorde-royals.html. Please check it out over there!


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