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LORDE announces Solar Power album and 2022 world tour

LORDE RETURNS WITH “SOLAR POWER”

ANNOUNCES SOLAR POWER ALBUM TO RELEASE AUGUST 20TH

2022 WORLD TOUR TO GO ON-SALE STARTING JUNE 25TH

FIRST NEW MUSIC IN FOUR YEARS DEBUTS TO CRITICAL & FAN ACCLAIM

#1 SPOTIFY GLOBAL & US SONG DEBUT

OVER 30 MILLION STREAMS IN FIRST 5 DAYS

In a surprise move, GRAMMY® and BRIT Award-winning multi platinum artist LORDE released new song “Solar Power.” The song, which appropriately dropped timed to the only solar eclipse of the year, came alongside the announcement of her highly anticipated third studio album of the same name, Solar Power

Today the artist additionally revealed the album release date as August 20th and announced her 2022 World tour dates. The 40+ show tour begins in her homeland of New Zealand in February 2022 and takes in dates in Australia and North America before arriving in the UK for six shows beginning on May 25 and culminating in two dates at the Roundhouse, London, on June 1 and 2; shows across Europe follow.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10am local. Fans can sign up for Lorde’s email list for first access to pre-sale tickets and for more info on tour dates HERE

Pre-Order / Pre-Save / Pre-Add Solar Power HERE 

Listen to “Solar Power” HERE

“Solar Power” debuted to fan and critical acclaim, with Billboard stating, “Solar Power” is a fresh chapter in a riveting book, and Lorde fans should be thrilled to meet this new author.” The Guardian called the song, “… a distinct reinvention, one that gleefully puts a gap between Lorde and everyone else in terms of her creativity” while noting, “Lorde’s comeback single is a lesson in letting pop stars take their time.” Since its debut last week, the song has garnered five star reviews from NME and the Independent, has trended #1 worldwide across social media, raked in over 30 million streams in its first five days, and was #1 on Spotify’s Global and US Song Debut.  The song is the first single from Lorde’s forthcoming third studio album which will be released via Universal Music New Zealand on August 20th. The album includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff who she collaborated with on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama.

Of the album Lorde says, “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.” 

Of the single she adds, “The first song, also called Solar Power and written and produced by myself and Jack, is the first of the rays. It’s about that infectious, flirtatious summer energy that takes hold of us all, come June…”

To honor the natural world the artist is presenting the album in a first-of-its kind, discless format. An eco-conscious Music Box will be available for purchase as an alternative to a CD. This innovative offering will contain extra visual content, handwritten notes, exclusive photos, and a download card. The card will give purchasers a high-quality download of the music, two exclusive bonus tracks, and access to some special surprises along the way.

When talking about the concept Lorde says, “I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD. I wanted this Music Box product to be similar in size, shape and price to a CD, to live alongside it in a retail environment, but be something which stands apart and that’s committed to the evolving nature of a modern album.”  

Solar Power Tracklist:

1. The Path

2. Solar Power

3. California

4. Stoned in the Nail Salon

5. Fallen Fruit

6. Secrets From a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)

7. The Man with An Axe

8. Dominoes

9. Big Star

10. Leader of a New Regime

11. Mood Ring

12. Oceanic Feeling

LORDE TOUR DATES:

DateCityVenue
February 26Christchurch, NZElectric Avenue Festival
February 27Upper Moutere, NZNeudorf Vineyards
March 1Wellington, NZDays Bay
March 2Havelock North, NZBlack Barn Vineyards
March 4New Plymouth, NZBowl of Brooklands
March 5Auckland, NZOuterfields
March 10Brisbane, AURiverstage
March 12Melbourne, AUSMMB
March 15Sydney, AUAware Super Theatre
March 19Perth, AUBelvoir Amphitheater
April 3Nashville, TNOpry House
April 5Detroit, MIMasonic Temple Theatre
April 7Montreal, QCSalle Willfrid Pelletier
April 8Toronto, ONMeridian Hall
April 12Boston, MABoch Center – Wang Theatre
April 15Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
April 16Washington, DCThe Anthem
April 18New York, NYRadio City Music Hall
April 20Philadelphia, PAThe Met
April 22Chicago, ILThe Chicago Theatre
April 25Minneapolis, MNThe Armory
April 27Denver, COMission Ballroom
April 30Seattle, WAWaMu Theatre
May 1Portland, ORTheater of the Clouds
May 3San Francisco, CABill Graham Civic Auditorium
May 5Los Angeles, CAShrine Auditorium
May 7Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Bowl
May 25Leeds, UKO2 Academy
May 26Edinburgh, UKUsher Hall
May 28Manchester, UKO2 Victoria Warehouse
May 30Birmingham, UKO2 Academy
June 1London, UKRoundhouse
June 2London, UKRoundhouse
June 7Paris, FRCasino de Paris
June 8Amsterdam, NLAFAS Live
June 10Barcelona, ESPrimavera Sound
June 13Zurich, CHHalle 622
June 14Munich, DEZenith
June 16Rome, ITCavea – Auditorium Parco della Musica
June 17Villafranca di Verona, ITCastello di Villafranca
June 18Sibenik, HRSaint Mihovil Fortress
June 21Cologne, DEOpen Air am Tanzbrunnen
June 23Berlin, DEVerti Music Hall

In 2013, a 16-year-old LORDE quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, win two GRAMMY® Awards, and spawn the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, “Royals,” and quadruple-platinum follow up “Team.” The former reached #1 on the UK Official Charts and cemented LORDE as “the youngest solo artist and the only New Zealander to achieve #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.” Time exalted her amongst the “Most Influential Teenagers in the World,” she landed on Forbes’s “30 Under 30” List, graced the cover of Rolling Stone and performed alongside Nirvana during the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. She also curated the official soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and recorded “Yellow Flicker Beat” as the lead single. 

In 2017 LORDE released her second full-length studio album, Melodrama which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, making her the first ever NZ artist to land a #1 debut album in the United States. The album reached #1 in over 45 countries and earned LORDE a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2018 GRAMMY® Awards. She won the BRIT Award for International Female Solo Artist in both 2014 and 2018.

LORDE makes her highly anticipated return with critically acclaimed new single, “Solar Power,” from her third full-length studio album, Solar Power, due out August 20th. LORDE currently has over 12 million albums sold worldwide and over 10 billion streams worldwide.  

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Martin Bone - Editor-in-Chief

Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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