Lorde Tweeted after calling Nicki Minaj and Drake ‘irrelevant': ‘nice try @ComplexMag, but i have nothing but love and admiration for both nicki and drake (have said this x1000) just because their songs aren’t my reality (being 17 and from auckland) doesn’t mean i don’t admire their musicianship and careers!’
Lorde: ‘Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me, or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, ‘How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.”
Lorde’s ‘Royals’ commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week, keeping Eminem’s “The Monster,’ featuring Rihanna, at No. 2 for a second frame. ‘Royals’ rules the Radio Songs chart for a sixth week with 143 million audience impressions (down 12%), according to Nielsen BDS.
It holds at No. 2 on other Hot 100 component charts: Digital Songs (177,000 downloads sold, up 12%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and Streaming Songs (6.5 million U.S. streams, down 8%, according to BDS). It also repeats at No. 2 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2.2 million on-demand U.S. streams, down 2%).
‘Royals,’ which tops Hot Rock Songs for a 13th week, becomes just the fifth No. 1 by a female in her first appearance as a lead act to reign for at least nine weeks in the Hot 100’s 55-year history. Debby Boone’s ‘You Light Up My Life’ (1977) and Ashanti’s ‘Foolish’ (2002) each led for 10 weeks, while Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ (2012) and Ke$ha’s ‘TiK ToK'(2010) also ruled for nine frames each.