Blond Teens Spar in Lorde's "Royals"

by Jonah Wolf

"We crave a different kind of buzz," sings buzzed-about 16-year-old Lorde, after drily listing luxury accoutrements in a jumprope-worthy singsong chant: "Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece." Handclap percussion helps contribute to the schoolyard vibe on "Royals," even if the lyrics invoke jet planes, islands and hotel rooms. The slow-paced clip mostly takes place in one of the latter, where two disconsolate blond teens spar, shower, and shear their skulls.

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