Singer worries about the message young fans are hearing
Adam Tait
11:28 15th September 2013

Up and coming New Zealander Lorde has spoken out about the role of woman in music, saying some big names aren’t setting the best example.

Asked about the importance of having control all aspects of her music, the ‘Royals’ singer said some much-loved female singers are focusing on the wrong things and setting bad examples for young fans.

“I think a lot of women in this industry maybe aren’t doing so well for the girls,” she tells The Fader.

“I’ve read interviews where certain big female stars are like, ‘I’m not a feminist’. I’m like, that’s not what it’s about.”

She added: “She’s great, but I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: “I’m nothing without you.” This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff.

“That’s not a good thing for young girls, even young people, to hear.”

The down-to-earth 17-year-old said that her debut album doesn’t feature any typically grly songs, but the songs she has written about relationships are written “in a way that’s a bit less obvious and less cloying.”

While success has fallen on Lorde rapidly since she dropped the Tennis Court EP this year, she remains well-grounded.

“Money has never been a big thing for me. I haven’t bought anything yet. I’m broke all the time, always have been...Even spending more than $50 of something I’m like, Ohhh, I don’’t know. Money is like, weird.”

Watch Lorde perform the luxury-denouncing track 'Royals' below

But that being said, her well-packed schedule has made her appreciate the little things in life.

“A big luxury for me at the moment has been time because I’ve been so busy always.

“Just being able to go to a house party or eat dinner at home, those sorts of things I’m definitely understanding the value of.”

Lorde’s full length debut album is due for release on October 28. 

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