It was later included on her debut studio album, Pure Heroine and released through Universal Music. Its lyrics detail disapproval of the luxurious lifestyle of contemporary artists. Several sites ranked it as one of the best songs of the year, with Slant and Consequence of Sound placing it on the top spot of their respective lists. The single garnered success on charts internationally, reaching the number one spot for nine consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot , and simultaneously breaking several records. It also peaked atop record charts in other markets, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It consists mostly of scenes of normal teenagers doing unexceptional things shot in slow motion.
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Skip navigation! Story from Entertainment. Photo: Courtesy of Republic Records. The elusive New Zealand darling that is Lorde has decided to open up about her inspiration. Well, she opened up a little — in a recent interview with VH1, Lorde explained the spark behind her chart-dominating single, "Royals. The song in question, an ode to the Millennial fetishization of the "good life," was reportedly inspired by a National Geographic picture of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. I was like, I really like that word, because I'm a big word fetishist.
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies And I'm not proud of my address In the torn-up town, no post code envy. But every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room. But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.
The song was met with good reviews and reception, and catapulted Lorde into fame. Lorde wrote the song in at her house, which only took half an hour. Within a week they had finished the song. She said "It was just that word. It was really cool. She also explained the lyric "We're driving Cadillacs in our dreams" was something she read in a diary she received at the age of I was listening to a lot of hip-hop and I kind of started to realise that to be cool in hip-hop, you have to have that sort of car and drink that sort of vodka and have that sort of watch, and I was like, "I've literally never seen one of those watches in my entire life. The song was produced by using the software Pro Tools.