Released: 21st October 2013.
One of the biggest hits in the US this year, "Royals" is expected to make quite a splash on the UK charts as well. Composed in half an hour and produced within a week, "Royals" is an alternative pop track inspired by the excess and luxury that define the lives of pop stars. The song's penned with a maturity that far belies the sixteen year-old that co-wrote it and Lorde's almost hypnotic delivery of the track is commanding, immediately drawing the listener in with her story of a new breed of youth, a gang of rebels that craves "a different kind of buzz". It's an excellent first offering from an obviously talented young girl and, if she continues in this vein, she should be able to carve for herself quite the career.