In one of the most anticipated returns in pop music, Lorde unveiled a new song Thursday in which the onetime teenage star takes a new dance sound and adult look.
The now 20-year-old New Zealander announced a second album called “Melodrama,” her follow-up to 2013’s “Pure Heroine” which won her phenomenal success while still a teenager.
Lorde released the album’s first single, “Green Light,” which is driven by a strikingly more lively beat than her Grammy-winning breakthrough hit, the minimalist “Royals.”
“Green Light” starts off with a sullen piano as Lorde, appearing to explain a breakup, sings: “I do my makeup in somebody else’s car / We order different drinks at the same bars.”
The track quickly heads in a dance direction, with the piano backed up by a driving bass-line, a back-up chorus and a subtle electronica beat.