Singled Out: The Story Behind Lorde's 'Royals'
"When I wrote 'Royals', I was listening to a lot of rap, but also a lot of Lana Del Rey," Lorde told the New Zealand Listener back in March," because she's obviously really hip-hop influenced, but all those references to expensive alcohol, beautiful clothes and beautiful cars – I was thinking, 'This is so opulent, but it's also bulls**t.'
By the time Lorde was nominated for a GRAMMY for "Royals" we knew every nook and cranny so well we could have put up our own version of the song on YouTube. We wanted to know the one thing about the song that we may not know yet.
Lorde starting writing songs when she was very young, only about 13 or 14 years old, but one of the lyrics from "Royals" came from even a few years earlier.
"I think one of the first lines I wrote from that song," Lorde told Radio.com, "which was, 'We're driving Cadillacs in our dreams,' was in a diary that I had when I was like 11 or 12, so young." More.
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