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Lorde — “Royals”

Everyone’s talking about Lorde right now, and with good reason: The New Zealand-based 16-year-old’s debut single, “Royals,” is phenomenally self-possessed, all fingersnaps and toe-tapping bass and lyrics that turn the aspirationalism of hip-hop culture on its head — “But every song’s like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom / Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room / We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams” — and then has the balls to lurch forward with a hooky, soaring chorus. She sings, she writes, she’s as exciting as Grimes and she’s probably going to be a global alt-pop superstar pretty soon. Get on it.

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