Melodrama marks Lorde‘s return on June 16th, nearly four years since the release of her wildly successful debut, Pure Heroine. Extended breaks aren’t uncommon among the music industries most prominent artists. Adele and Ed Sheeran removed themselves from public view for long leaves of absence and saw huge success upon their returns – Adele won Album of the Year (along with four others) for 25 at the 59th Grammy Awards and Sheeran’s ÷ is breaking Spotify streaming records while “Shape Of You” sits at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Lorde began to feel the burden of celebrity and night life both in Los Angeles and New Zealand, and made the decision to return to more familiar spaces.
“I knew that I had to go away and – I think this happens to a lot of us – live some life before I could write another record,” Lorde tells Shoboy and Nina from 92.3 AMP Radio. “I didn’t want to write another record from the perspective of the age that I was, the spot where I was. I had been on tour for two years. I was like, ‘I have to go and just disappear, and live, and see what happens, and write about it.’ It was amazing.”
“You meet a lot of amazing people in the industry but also sometimes – you know, you talk about work all the time, you talk about what’s going on, and the Chads, or whatever,” says Lorde. “And I was like, ‘I just need to go and like hang out with my friends from high school and literally throw lemons around in my backyard,’ which we did once for two hours.”
“We just did the dumbest, most fun stuff.”
Melodrama will be available June 16th. Watch the full interview below.