(Oooh ooooh ohhh)
We're bigger than we ever dreamed, and I'm in love with being queen
(Oooooh ooooh ohhhhh)
Funnily enough, this song made her bigger than she ever dreamed, as “Royals” topped both the Alternative and Rock Airplay Charts, along with becoming a Top 10 Hit. It even reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Royals”, Lorde’s debut is the highest for a solo female making her first visit to the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist since M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” (No. 28) nearly five years ago.
Please note the subtle wordplay in how the chorus uses “queen bee”, and that here she uses “being queen”
Lorde has stated her favourite author is Raymond Carver.
One of Carver’s main themes is finding the “extraordinary in the ordinary.“ So Lorde is only queen of her small clique. However, this is enough to make her feel special. In some respects, Lorde is just embracing realism for the 99% and is having a Carver-like epiphany that common people can have.
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