Feeling the pressure
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.