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Lorde versus Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, singer avoids traditional pop path

By April Neale Dec 4, 2013, 22:11 GMT

 Lorde versus Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, singer avoids traditional pop path

Lorde is Queen

Lorde is this year's girl.

And like the enigmatic Yo-Landi Visser of Die Antwoord, this New Zealand native does not twerk, or play forgettable pop pablum in barely there outfits. She's dark, moody and decidely different than the usual suspects of hip hop and pop music.

She won't be whipping people and playing S&M games in auto-tuned video monstrosities like Britney Spears' latest effort either.

Lorde recently lashed out at the likes of Disney stars-turned-singers Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, who often appear scantily-clad onstage and in their videos. Lorde is the opposite of these two pop stars, and continues her broody anti-slut stylings in her latest video where we see motorbike-jousting for Team.

Lorde is really Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, this brainy New Zealand pop sensation premiered her motorbike-jousting music video for Team on Tuesday morning, then promptly crashed her Vevo channel: 'Omg you crashed vevo!' she tweeted.

Lorde styled her stunning mane into tight corn rows and rocked black lipstick. The mid-tempo song - produced by Joel Little - goes: 'We live in cities you'll never see on screen / Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things / Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams / And you know, we're on each other's team.' 

The video was filmed in Brooklyn's graffiti-covered Red Hook neighborhood at a rubble-strewn underpass by the river.

Taking to her Facebook page, Lorde explained that Team's visual concept was born from a dream she had a few months ago. '[It's] about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen,' Lorde wrote.

'I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn't need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.'

Selena Gomez has bristled at Lorde's public comments. Selena shot back in an interview with Flaunt:

"That's not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That's my honest opinion, that's what I would say to her if I saw her," she said. "I actually covered her song in all of my shows that I've done so far... I'm not sure if I'm going to continue that." It looks like Lorde is backtracking yet again…

Lorde does find a friend with Taylor Swift, who she was spotted with in New York City hanging out with.

The rising star took aim at Justin Bieber's ex and her fellow former Disney stars in a variety of interviews and went so far as to brand some of America's biggest pop stars as 'f**king mental'. 'The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience,' Lorde said in a sit down with GQ's Q Blog. 'I am way less inclined to be like, ‘Look! I’m f**king mental!’

'I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music, and I can’t help but express those, which I think people appreciate,' she told MTV News.



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