2013 might prove to be the year of Lorde -- true to its name, the New Zealander’s hit single “Royals” has been reigning over the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks -- but the 16-year-old pop star revealed in an interview that she’s actually aching to write songs for other voices.
In an interview for the latest issue of Clash, the Kiwi, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, said that although she’s written only for herself so far, she’d love to put her songwriting chops to the test by working with other artists.
The subject came about after Lorde was asked whether her rise on the charts had gotten her introductions to any industry insiders. Lorde immediately namechecked Dr. Luke, who recently produced Miley Cyrus’ hit single “Wrecking Ball,” which coincidentally has been duking it out with “Royals” on the charts.
”I’ve heard from lots of people – almost too many to mention! But Dr. Luke was particularly impressive,” Lorde answered. “It’s like, ‘you’re Dr. Luke. You’re like Rambo.’ He’s pop royalty. I imagine him living in some ice palace with Nordic maidens and wind chimes. He’s cool. I find what he does so fascinating.”
She went on to reveal that she’s also interested in exploring that side of the music industry, and already has singers in mind. “I haven’t written for other artists yet, but I definitely want to,” Lorde said. “Obviously lyrics are a huge part of my music, and they’re so personal to me, so… It’ll be such a challenge to step out of my body.” “I can’t wait,” she added. “Rihanna would be fun to write for because she’s done EVERYTHING. And I’d love to write for – or with – Ellie Goulding, actually.”
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The singer-songwriter dismissed the idea of staring and writing for an all-girl band, saying, “Girl bands are only cool if they’re so ridiculous it’s awesome, like the K-Pop girlbands with 12 people who rule the country. I’d write for a Korean girl band, definitely – some of their melodies are the best pop.”