Lorde told MTV News in an interview that she stands behind recent comments she’s made in which she has criticized pop stars like Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. Lorde explained, “I think there’s a funny culture in music that’s only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn’t 100-percent good, you’re a ‘hater,’ even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique.”
The 16-year-old New Zealand singer added, “I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music, and I can’t help but express those, which I think people appreciate. I mean, I don’t think I say anything that isn’t backed up. Most of the time I will stand by things that I’ve said.”
Lorde recently said that Swift came off as “flawless and unattainable,” while she chastised Gomez for the sexual nature of her song “Come And Get It.”
Earlier this summer, she berated Justin Bieber for not providing “a real depiction of what it’s like to be a young person.” She also criticized Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for opening and closing their shows with the same song, “Thrift Shop.”
Lorde said she was not going to temper her views just because she was becoming popular herself, explaining, “People will say exactly what they think about a movie or a TV show, and that’s fine, but as soon as you say it about a record, you’re like some little zombie in a funny dungeon.”
Lorde released her much-anticipated debut album on September 30th, titled Pure Heroine, and has been at or near the top of the Modern Rock radio chart for weeks with the single “Royals.”
First-week sales figures for Pure Heroine are expected out Wednesday morning (October 9th) fromBillboard.
Check out Lorde’s Sugar Beach Session at the Edge Studios.