Feel­ing the pres­sure

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - MONTHLY ROUND-UP -

Kiwi singer Lorde has re­vealed the level of pres­sure she put her­self un­der to de­liver her sec­ond al­bum, Melo­drama, due to be re­leased on June 16. The 20-year-old says she felt “in­tense” pres­sure to cre­ate a fol­low-up to her phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful 2013 de­but al­bum Pure Hero­ine, which fea­tures her ma­jor hit song Roy­als. “No out­side pres­sure could ever be as in­tense as the knowl­edge I had that it had to be good at any cost,” she says. “I re­ally am so in con­ver­sa­tion with my­self when it comes to my work. I am the only critic I truly trust. I am con­stantly bat­tling to im­press and sur­prise my­self.” She says a re­la­tion­ship break-up helped her mu­sic en­ter “a whole new level”. Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O’Con­nor, has al­ready re­leased two songs, Green Light and Li­a­bil­ity, from the an­tic­i­pated new al­bum.

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