‘Arrival in 2021… patience is a virtue’: New Zealand pop star Lorde hints at first new music in four years
New Zealand’s biggest pop star Lorde is about to release her first music in four years.
On Tuesday, the Kiwi musician updated her website with a new record cover, titled Solar Power, with the tagline ‘Arrival in 2021…patience is a virtue’.
The news follows Lorde’s first confirmed appearance in three years, a headliner at Spain’s Primavera Festival next year.
New Zealand’s biggest pop star Lorde is about to release her first music in four years. On Tuesday, the Kiwi musician updated her website with a new record cover, titled Solar Power, with the tagline “Arrival 2021…patience is a virtue”
The Auckland-raised star, real name Ella Yellich-O’Connor, became an overnight success in 2013 with the release of her first album Pure Heroine featuring the lead single Royals.
Lorde has since eschewed traditional music release patterns, releasing just one album in the past eight years: 2017’s Melodrama.
Both albums have been commercial and critical successes; last month, Lorde and songwriter Joel Little received an industry award for reaching one billion streams of Royals.
The cover art is daring, capturing the pantsless 24-year-old from below as she runs on the beach
In 2019, Lorde wrote a note to her millions of fans saying that the heartbreaking death of her dog Pearl, who “brought an immeasurable amount of joy and purpose into my world,” would delay her third album.
Last year, she ended a social media hiatus to ask Kiwis to vote in the 2020 election, won by Jacinda Ardern’s Labor Party.
‘Do it for our beautiful country and for me. And next year I’ll give you something special in return,” she wrote.
She followed that up with another note stating that the music was “so damn good” and that she was “really jazzed up for you to hear it.”
Finally the music seems to be coming.
The cover art is bold, capturing the pantsless 24-year-old from below as she runs across the beach.
In between work on her music, Lorde has also produced a photo book called Going South about a trip to Antarctica.