Arcade Fire’s Cover of ‘Green Light’ Will Give You the Strength Needed To Make It To The Weekend

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Hipster icons Arcade Fire stopped by BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge” today to play some tunes and chat about their upcoming album, Everything Now, out July 28. While in studio, they found time to do the most important thing a band can do in these trying times, which is to deliver a rousing rendition of America’s national anthem: Lorde’s “Green Light.”

The band was backed by a youth choir as they delivered the electric song to radio listeners everywhere. They also sang the title track off their forthcoming record, “Everything Now,” which has seen the release of singles “Creature Comfort” and “Signs of Life.”

While in the “Live Lounge,” singer Win Butler also found time to thank “Our Lorde” for “fighting the good fight.” So, clearly, at least someone gets what’s important in life.

If you tune in to the radio broadcast here, you can listen to the “Green Light” cover at 2:25:05, or to “Everything Now” at 2:04:10. Or, if you’d rather just watch some clips, take a look below and rejuvenate your spirits as we power through to the weekend:

Lorde Slays ‘Green Light’ and ‘Perfect Places’ Medley at the MMVAs

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Lorde is the reigning leader of the free world, and has been continuing her artful takeover with her new album, guest slots across primetime television, and, most recently, winning the International Artist of the Year award at the MMVAs. To close out the show, Mother Highest performed our national anthem, “Green Light,” followed by the closing track of Melodrama, “Perfect Places.”

The MMVAs, or Much Music Video Awards, take place in Canada each year—Lorde beat out competitors Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Future to take home the night’s top International honor.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by Joe Jonas and Allesia Cara. Other notable winners included Drake, Partynextdoor, Imagine Dragons, Grimes and Janelle Monáe.

Take a look, below:

Lorde Is Taking A Girl Who Made Her A Smoothie to Governor’s Ball

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Here’s the scoop: Lorde went and got a smoothie at NYC’s ‘Liquiteria’ on Monday, NewsHub reports, and really hit it off with her server, a young girl named Emely Paula Medina, who soon after posted to Twitter explaining the New Zealand songstress was the first famous person she’d blended up some berries for. She shared this video:

Later in the day, Medina received a message from Lorde on Twitter, inviting her to “come to the governor’s ball on me.” She naturally thought this could only be a hoax, was the singer insisted she was serious, and had been “too shy” to ask in person. Sweetie!

Medina responded with joy and gratitude and bewilderment:

And she followed up with a declaration that she’d be purchasing some spectacles:

Surprise, surprise, we’ve found another reason that we love Lorde! Her new album, Melodrama, is out June 16, which also happens to be the day our lives finally take a turn for the better. And here’s some more important data: a new Lorde single is scheduled to come out on June 2.

Governor’s Ball will take place this weekend in New York, from June 2-4.

Now You Can Be As Cool As Lorde And Listen to All Her Favorite Songs

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If you’ve been sitting around wishing you knew what music is cool and fun, and, by the transitive property, what songs Lorde is listening to, fret no more. The New Zealand-born singer posted a playlist over the weekend of her favorite tracks she’s listening to these days.

The great news is that this list, named after her upcoming new song, “Homemade Dynamite,” will not grow stale in two weeks when Lorde has moved on to greener pastures. No – she’ll be updating it regularly.

The collection includes everyone from Kendrick Lamar, to Bon Iver, to Nancy Sinatra, showcasing the eclectic queen’s eclectic sensibilities. And don’t worry – her very own legendary anthem “Green Light” starts off the list.

Take a look below:

Bleachers Debut New Single, ‘Don’t Take The Money’ Featuring Lorde

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Nothing like a new Bleachers song to brighten up a rainy Friday. And honey, that cover art!!

Jack Antonoff debuted the new single from his band yesterday afternoon by placing a doppelganger pinata in Union Square that fans could whack open to find USB drives containing the new tune inside. He revealed the time and location of the strange unveiling on Instagram:

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The new track, in classic Bleachers form, is an energetic 80s-feeling anthem, and is co-written by frequnt Antonoff collaborator Lorde, who also lends some vocals toward the song’s end. The song is rumored to be the lead single of a forthcoming second album from the band.

Here’s someone beating up the pinata to get the goods:

And here’s what you’ve all been waiting for – the full song:

Lorde Thrashes About, Wears a Wedding Dress on ‘SNL’

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Has Lorde been watching us jam out to “Green Light” on the subway platform for the past month? Because she just did a perfect recreation of how we twitch and thrash to the heartbreak anthem on the SNL stage.

The New Zealand-born singer performed alongside Scarlett Johansson over the weekend, and in addition to singing and dancing to “Green Light” she performed her new ballad, “Liability,” alongside creative partner Jack Antonoff. And she wore a wedding dress.

Lorde is currently promoting her upcoming second studio album, Melodrama, out June 16.

Take a look at her two powerful SNL moments below.

Lorde Has At Last Set a Date for New Music

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The years-long drought that has been the time since Lorde’s explosive Pure Heroine seems to finally be coming to an end. That’s because a leaked Twitter photo from Republic Records states that new music from our moody queen will drop on March 7, quenching our thirst for a follow-up to anthems like “Royals” and “Team.”

Whether this date indicates an album release or just a single is as yet unclear, though with tour dates confirmed for the summer at Coachella and the New Orleans Jazz Festival we’re assuming she’ll be promoting a bunch of new music very soon.

In the meantime, reflect on Lorde’s majesty while watching the video for “Royals”:

STYLE SCOOP: Rachel Roy Shutters, Lorde for MAC, Lena Dunham Does Glamour x3

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Lena Dunham gets three whole covers for Glamour‘s April issue, and we’re actually really into that bejeweled Prada look (hair included).

Rachel Roy is discontinuing Rachel Roy Collection — her FW14 show won’t be produced, though the designer said she may find a way to make it happen herself. Rachel Rachel Roy is still going strong… we’ll just have to see if someone else drops in to invest and save the day.

Prepare yourselves this summer — if MAC has its way, we’ll be wearing dark, vampy lipstick á la Lorde, the cosmetics company’s latest collection collaborator.

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‘Royals’ Is Probably Over Now That Bill de Blasio Used It

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There’s plenty to like about New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. I mean, we voted him into power in a landslide, didn’t we? (Also: hooray for new public advocate Tish James! Can’t believe I had to vote for you three separate times to make that happen.) And it’s totally fine that Bill’s teenage kids or with-it staff had the bright idea to let him walk onstage for a victory speech last night with hit single “Royals” playing—a rebuke to billionaire would-be rainmakers like the outgoing Michael Bloomberg. Even so, guess that song has had it.

R.I.P., Lorde’s “Royals.” You were a track that nobody seemed to ever get enough of, judging by Spotify, but really there just wasn’t much going for you. Oh, stop, I know you presented a passable commentary on class and the fever dream of obscene wealth—but enough is enough. You had no place at a political rally for the simple reason that you couldn’t get people fired up. This was pure anticlimax:

Campaigns have always struggled for decades to hit the right mark when it comes to their candidate’s music—without getting sued by Heart, of course—probably because the ultimate feel-good electoral pump-up jam has already been used to flawless effect. See for yourself: