Lorde Reveals How Max Martin Would Have Rewritten “Green Light”
Like many, many musicians before her (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande), Lorde sought out Max’s opinion for Melodrama lead single “Green Light.” Turns out, despite Max calling “Green Light” an example of “incorrect songwriting,” Lorde and co-writer Jack Antonoff kept the song as is.
“[Max] had a very specific opinion, which had to do with the melodic math — shortening a part,” Lorde says to NYT, adding that this “wasn’t an insult, just a statement of fact. … It’s a strange piece of music.”
A huge reason behind Max’s success is how his exacting his “melodic math” can be — how he refuses to let anything, including lyrics that actually make sense, get in the way of a good pop melody.
Meanwhile, Lorde argues that “Green Light” was about breaking pop convention. “I have a strong awareness of the rules — 60 percent of the time I follow them; 40 percent, I don’t,” she says.