A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lorde, a young singer from New Zealand, is the antithesis of your usual young pop star. Her single "Royals" from her upcoming album Pure Heroine shows her and her friends rejecting the party lifestyle, saying "That kind of lux just ain't for us / We crave a different kind of buzz." The video, which has two slightly different versions, shows two teen boys practicing boxing and living a regular but decidedly gritty and unromantic life hanging out with friends and taking the train. With a positive anti-consumerist message, no iffy language or sex, and only minor references to alcohol and violence, this track is OK for older tweens and up.
What's the story?
New Zealand teen Lorde has just broken into the U.S. pop scene with her mesmerizing single \"ROYALS.\" The song and video show regular working-class teens who proudly claim \"we'll never be royals / It don't run in our blood.\" Rejecting the usual trappings of fame, Lorde proudly sings \"My friends and I, we've cracked the code / We count our dollars on the train to the party / And everyone who knows us knows that we're fine with this / We didn't come from money.\" The song is the perfect anthem for the anti-pop star.
Is it any good?
Lorde keeps "Royals" simple and the focus on her powerhouse voice, with only a spare drumbeat and finger snaps accompanying her layered harmonies. The flow of the lyrics and her voice drive the beat, skipping over the list of rejected brands and soaring over the "We'll never be royals" chorus. The song is addictive; try not to listen to it over and over again. It's a promising start to what's sure to be an amazing career for Lorde.