Lorde Reveals The Hidden Meanings Behind “Perfect Places” Lyrics On

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“I’m a mess”

Lorde went on to Genius to decode the lyrics of her bouncing new single "Perfect Places," and revealed the song revolves around a really fun house party. "A waster is a drunk person," the singer wrote when explaining the lyric "Watch the wasters blow the speakers." 

"This line I remember writing down when I was standing on my porch watching my friends fiddle with the speakers inside and thinking 'oh, in about ten seconds they’re gonna go,'" Lorde said. "I wrote this lyric in November of 2016, but then in December me and my friend drank a bunch of 1 part champagne, 1 part vodka cocktails which we christened Suicides and DJ-ed a really raucous Christmas party—we had this crazy room going then blew the speakers spectacularly and ghosted out of there. So yeah. Kind of about me. I’m a mess." 

But, there's more beyond the setting. She also said the very melodramatic line, "I hate the headlines and the weather," came about in the summer of 2016 when it was hot and humid in New York City and every front page had Trump's face on it. 

"The news was just horrific every day," Lorde explained, "and it was so hot in this sickly incorrect kind of way, like what i imagine the weather in a disaster movie is like just before the bomb hits or the aliens land."

In the song, she said she pays tribute to David Bowie and Prince, who both passed away in 2016, with the lyrics, "All of our heroes fading/ Now I can't stand to be alone."

Lorde says her big realization last year was that she was "partying so much" because she was "just dreading sitting at home by myself hearing my thoughts hit the walls.” This feeling was her inspiration for the whole album. 

"I think parties are a really interesting mental exercise/take on a few different layers when you’re feeling like this," she wrote. "Kind of what the album is about." 

Now we're even more ready for the full record, Melodrama, which will be released June 16. You can read all of her annotations for "Perfect Places" here

Check out the new song below. 

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."