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Lorde and Ruth B. explore the messy sides of love in their new singles.

 

Lorde - Green Light

We've been waiting over three years to hear new music from Lorde and, finally, our prayers have been answered.  Taking a huge departure from her old sound she coined in "Royals" and "Team," she carries over her dark emotional lyrics into a pop-infused anthem about heartbreak.  Which, makes fans wonder if she broke up with longtime boyfriend James Lowe.  The two haven't been seen together for months and this song is just adding to the rumor mill.

Even though some songs aren't personal, Lorde says this one certainly is

The song is actually about a heartbreak. And it’s not something that I really am used to writing about. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to write about that. It was my first major heartbreak. The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards.

[...] And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.

 

Fans have also criticised Lorde for sounding way too pop-ish in this song and accused her of abandoning her alternative roots.  The biggest comparison is, obviously, to her bestie Taylor Swift.  They're not wrong, thoguh!  This single was produced by Jack Antonoff, who produced several of Taylor's hits on her 1989 album.

So, while fans accuse Taylor of ruining Lorde, Taylor says she's working on an interpretive dance to "Green Light."  Lorde knows, she relates to that song something fierce!

 

Ruth B. - Superficial Love

Ruth B. has taken a step back from her slow and melancholy debut single "Lost Boy" to bring us a feisty new anthem for being loved for all the right reasons.  Still keeping her music fresh with her confident piano skills and deep lyrics, Ruth explores being hit on by someone who only likes her for what they see on the surface.

Duh, Ruth is STUNNING. She's probably had a lot of people begging for her to go out with them because of her looks alone.  And she wants NONE of that. In this song, she is searching for a relationship that is more than just skin-deep.  She wants someone who is also looking for the whole package.

She also encourages listeners to admit they're far from perfect and that it's okay to want someone who will embrace them, flaws and all.  Besides, she warns what happens when a relationship is missing that.

'Cause I want authentic, not just for fun
If this love is plastic, it'll break on us
'Cause I don't want it if it's fake
I don't want it if it's just for show
I just want it if it's real and I'm thinking I should let you know

And, what's so brilliant about this song is that, in a way, she can be talking about self-love.  Nothing is more damaging than loving just a part of yourself and not embracing everything that makes you... you.   Besides, if you want someone to treat you like an empress, you better start with yourself. 

 Don't miss her at the next Star 99.9 Michael's Jeweler's Acoustic Session!  Keep listening to win tickets for her show coming up next Wednesday!

 

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