Let me be your ruler

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

New Zealand artist, Lorde, released her single “Royals” in America on June 18. Lorde, who is only 16, has already broken records, becoming the youngest artist to make number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 since 1987. This song is art pop with a very light drumbeat. It has even been described as a minimal song. With lyrics like “and I’m not proud of my address in a torn up town, no postcode envy” and “We count our dollars on the train to the party”, this song talks about the struggles of living from paycheck to paycheck, and refusing to live any other way. This song reminds people that they may not have it all, but they can make the most of what they do have. In an interview with HuffPost, Lorde says, “I think it’s probably because I’m an Internet kid. I’m watching Adventure Time but I’m also reading Allen Ginsberg. I’m a mesh of references- fun and smart? I don’t know where I’d put myself. I’d like to think I’m doing something different.” Lorde relates to the youth of today. She is not afraid to be proud of whom she is, and is encouraging people to embrace their individuality. “I had a sneaking suspicion that it might do alright,” Lorde says about “Royals”, and her suspicions did indeed turn out to be correct. Lorde has proven her success and shows promise to keep fans interested for a very long time.