Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Royals’ Cover Made Lorde ‘Teary’
New Zealand singer on ‘Pure Heroine’ selling one million units: “How mental is that?
Lorde got misty when she heard thatÂ Bruce SpringsteenÂ performed a suitably Springsteen-y acoustic rendition of her Number One hitÂ “Royals”Â at a concert in Auckland, New Zealand last week. She learned of the cover while on theÂ Austin date of her current tour. “My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like ”˜You can’t believe what just happened!’,” the 17-year-old singer told News.com.au. “It was so exciting. It was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool.”
“It’s crazy when someone like that is covering your song,” she added. “Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It’s crazy to me they could come out of someone’s mouth who is that respected.”
She also commented on how that same weekend, her albumÂ Pure HeroineÂ surpassed the 1 million-units-sold mark. “How mental is that, right?,” she said. “I was pretty pumped.”Â Pure HeroineÂ is the first debut record by a female artist to sell a million copies since 2011, according toÂ Billboard.
As for Springsteen, he has been touring Australia and New Zealand of late and has been doing unique cover songs at each stop. He kicked off his Perth show with a hellacious take onÂ AC/DC”˜sÂ “Highway to Hell.”Â He treated Sydney to a rendition of INXS’Â “Don’t Change.”Â And at his final Australian gig in Brisbane with a surprising version of theÂ Bee Gees”˜Â “Stayin’ Alive.”
Later this month, he’ll return to the States where he will participate in theÂ free March Madness FestivalÂ in North Texas. And in April, he’ll releaseÂ four new songsÂ on a Record Store Day EP titledÂ American Beauty.