“Yellow Flicker Beat” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde. Written by Lorde and Joel Little and produced by Little and Paul Epworth, the song was released on 29 September 2014 as the lead single from the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 by Republic Records. “Yellow Flicker Beat”, which features an electronic production, is characterised as an art pop and electropop song. Its style was compared to that of Lorde’s earlier releases such as her song “Biting Down” from The Love Club EP (2013) and her debut studio album, Pure Heroine (2013). The lyrics of the track refer to the rise of The Hunger Games’ heroine Katniss Everdeen.
The track was well received by music critics, who praised its lyrical content for being more mature than that of Lorde’s previous releases. Commercially, “Yellow Flicker Beat” peaked at number thirty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and entered the record charts of several nations, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. A music video for the song was directed by Emily Kai Bock and was released on 7 November 2014. Four days later, the makeover of the song titled “Flicker (Kanye West Rework)” co-produced by Lorde and Kanye West was released. Lorde performed the song at the 2014 American Music Awards on 23 November 2014. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and Best Song at the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards.
“Tennis Court” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde, taken from her debut album Pure Heroine (2013). On 7 June 2013, the song was released as the album’s second single by Universal Music Group, following “Royals”. Tennis Court EP was also released, comprising three additional tracks. “Tennis Court” served as the fourth single from Pure Heroine in the United States. Written by Lorde and Joel Little and produced by Little, “Tennis Court” combines alternative pop, art pop and electropop genres with elements from downtempo, hip hop and EDM. It features synthesisers and electronic pulses in its composition. The lyrics address Lorde’s new-found fame and criticise the “high life.”
“Tennis Court” was well received by critics, who complimented the song’s production and musical style. The single garnered success in Oceania, peaking at number one on the New Zealand singles chart and entering the top thirty chart in Australia. In Europe, it charted in Belgium (in both Flanders and Wallonia), France, the UK and Germany; the song also appeared on multiple US charts. “Tennis Court” was certified platinum by both the Australian Recording Industry Association and Recorded Music NZ. A music video for the song was directed by Joel Kefali and features Lorde staring into the camera during one continuous shot. To promote Pure Heroine and the song, Lorde performed “Tennis Court” several times, including on Live on Letterman.
“Team” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde, taken from her debut studio album, Pure Heroine (2013). The song was released on 13 September 2013 as the album’s third single in Australia and New Zealand by Universal Music New Zealand, and the second in the United States and the United Kingdom by Lava and Republic Records. The track was written by Lorde and Joel Little and produced by Little, with additional production from Lorde herself. “Team” is a hybrid of alternative pop and electro-hop featuring synthesiser, bass and snare drum instrumentation over a handclap-based beat. Lyrically, the track is a “tribute to her friends and country”.
“Team” was generally well received by most contemporary critics, who praised its musical style, lyrical content and Lorde’s vocal delivery on the track. The single garnered success on charts internationally, peaking at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 3 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. In Oceania, it péaked at number 19 in Australia and debuting and debuted at number 3 in New Zealand. “Team” was certified platinum by both the Australian Recording Industry Association and Recorded Music NZ.
A music video for the song was directed by Young Replicant and was released on 4 December 2013. Filmed in an abandoned building named Red Hook Grain Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the video’s content was inspired by Lorde’s dream of an own world for teenagers. Upon its release, the clip crashed Vevo’s channel due to a high number of views. To promote “Team” and Pure Heroine, Lorde performed the song on several occasions, including on Late Show with David Letterman and at the ARIA Music Awards of 2013. It was later featured on a Season 10 episode of Grey’s Anatomy which aired in December 2013.
“Swingin Party” is a song written by Paul Westerberg and recorded by his band The Replacements for their fourth studio album Tim (1985). The song is an indie rock and rock and roll ballad with influences from jazz, country and new wave. Lyrically, it portrays the protagonist’s “feigned nonchalance”. It was well received by music critics, who praised Westerberg’s songwriting talent. The song has been covered by other artists, notably Kindness in 2009 and Lorde in 2013.
“Royals” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde from her debut extended play album, The Love Club EP (2012). It was later included on her debut studio album, Pure Heroine (2013). “Royals” was characterised as art pop and electropop. Written by Lorde and Joel Little and produced by the latter, the song lyrically disapproves of the luxurious lifestyle of contemporary artists.
“Royals” was released on 3 June 2013 as Lorde’s debut single. The song received acclaim from music critics, who praised its minimal production and lyrics. It experienced international commercial success, peaking atop the record charts of many countries including Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the single spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. In doing so, Lorde became the first New Zealand solo act to top the Hot 100, as well as the youngest artist to achieve a number-one single since 1987. As of November 2014, the single has sold 10 million copies worldwide.
Lorde performed “Royals” on numerous television shows, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards. Two music videos for “Royals” were directed by Joel Kefali: an international version and a US version. The song was listed as one of the best songs of 2013 by publications including Rolling Stone, Time and Spin. “Royals” also won numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and the APRA Silver Scroll Award. A live mashup with Disclosure and AlunaGeorge’s song “White Noise” at the 2014 BRIT Awards was released as a charity single in 2014. In the media, it is regarded to be an anthem for the “Millennial” generation.
“Ribs” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde, taken from her debut studio album Pure Heroine (2013). The song was released as a promotional single on 30 September 2013 by Universal Music Group (UMG). Written by Lorde and Joel Little and produced by Little, with additional production from Lorde, “Ribs” is an electronica and electropop song discussing Lorde’s stress of ageing.
“Ribs” was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its lyrical content. The track appeared on record charts of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Lorde performed the song on numerous occasions, including on the Late Show with David Letterman and her debut concert tour in 2014.
“No Better” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde, taken from the extended version of her debut studio album Pure Heroine (2013). The track was released on 13 December 2013 by Universal Music Group as a promotional tool for the album. “No Better” is an electropop and trip hop ballad with elements of hip hop, in which Lorde discusses an infatuation. Music critics opined that the single has similar musical style to songs from Pure Heroine.
“Magnets” is a song by British electronic duo Disclosure. It features the vocals from New Zealand singer Lorde. The single was released on 23 September 2015, under PMR Records and Island Records, as the third promotional single from their studio album Caracal. The track became Disclosure’s most successful hit in Australia and New Zealand, peaking at No. 14 and No. 2 respectively becoming their highest charting single on both countries. In the US, “Magnets” became their first single to impact alternative radio and adult alternative[disambiguation needed] radio, placing at No. 21 on the Rock Airplay chart and No. 13 on the Alternative Songs chart, with the single being officially released to alternative radio on 10 November 2015.
Disclosure and Lorde performed the song on Saturday Night Live on 14 November 2015.
“Magnets” was voted in at number 10 in Australian alternative youth radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown of 2015’s most popular songs, announced on 26 January 2016.
“The Love Club” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde, taken from her debut extended play The Love Club EP (2013). It was written by Lorde and Joel Little, while production was handled by Little. “The Love Club” addresses the befriending of “a bad crowd.”
Upon the release of the EP, the song was well received by music critics and peaked at number 17 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. Due to the chart performance in New Zealand, “The Love Club” was certified gold by Recorded Music NZ for exceeding sales of 7,500 copies.
“Glory and Gore” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde from her debut studio album, Pure Heroine (2013). The song was released on 11 March 2014 as the album’s fifth single by Lava Records and Republic Records. The track was written by Lorde and its producer, Joel Little. “Glory and Gore” is an electropop song influenced by chillwave and hip hop music. It speaks about modern society’s fascination with violence and celebrity culture. The song was met with a mixed reception from critics, and reached numbers sixty-eight and nine on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Rock Songs, respectively. In 2014, “Glory and Gore” was used in an advertisement for the second season of the History television series Vikings.