From Pure Heroine to Solar Power: how well do you know Lorde? | Shaad d'Souza

The New Zealand star has a dedicated fanbase – some of whom were thrown by her latest album’s aesthetic shift. How devoted are you? Take our quiz

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New Zealand-born pop star Lorde has inspired such fierce devotion since her debut in 2013 that on the very first song of her third album, Solar Power, she asks fans to just, please, let it go: “If you’re looking for a saviour, that’s not me.”

Still, it’s not hard to see why the musician born Ella Yelich-O’Connor has sparked such dedication: her music is littered with vivid literary references, and the accompanying visuals run the gamut from ghoulish to romantic to deviously camp. She’s also become one of pop history’s great interview subjects, name-checking writers like Jia Tolentino and Jenny Odell, dissing fellow pop stars, and speaking frankly about her experiences as a young woman in the music industry.

Add to that a penchant for cult fashion – she once attended a Christian Dior show at Paris fashion week with Kanye West, caused a boost in sales for the indie label Collina Strada after the release of the Solar Power video, and name-checks the designers Phoebe Philo and Simone Rocha on the song Leader of a New Regime – and you have yourself a truly obsession-worthy pop icon.

But how devoted are you? Is Lorde truly your saviour, or are you clamouring for her to abdicate the throne already? Test your knowledge below.


Shaad D'Souza

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