Lorde Announces Sophomore Album With Farewell Letter To Her Teen Years

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New Zealand-born star Lorde just shared some pretty promising news about her upcoming sophomore album.

Lorde, who is turning 20, posted an open farewell letter to her teens on Facebook earlier today (Nov. 7) and used the moment tease her next album — even offering a very loose timetable for a release date. In true Lorde fashion, the dark-haired songstress delivered the news in poetic prose.

“I turned inwards to my friends, my family, towards this moment, so I could learn more about who I was, and so I could let this new project show itself to me,” she wrote.

Describing a “colossal year” of gains and losses, Lorde goes on to say that her new album will explore the lessons that come with age.

“Writing Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record — well, this one is about what comes next,” she wrote.

At 16, Lorde burst onto the electro pop scene in 2013 with the viral hit single “Royals.” From there, she dropped her debut album Pure Heroine the same year, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned more odes to angsty youth like “Tennis Court” and “Team.” A few Grammy noms and a friendship with Taylor Swift later, Lorde is clearly not the girl she once was. While she mentioned that the lyrics, the cover art and even the tour merch is ready, Lorde said that the new project isn’t coming this year.

“I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing – I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I’ve written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You’ll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand,” she wrote.

Long letter short, expect a more matured Lorde on her sophomore album, projected to release “soon”— also known as early 2017.

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