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Featured Image Credit: Credit: @LordeUpdatesBR/Twitter/Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella (from Coachella 2017)
Lorde has hit back after a video of her shushing crowds at her gigs went viral. Check out the clip and her response below:
The Solar Power hitmaker returned last year with her first album since 2017's Melodrama. She's currently on tour across the world, with ecstatic fans flocking to arenas for a couple of hours with their favourite singer.
While singing along with the artist is a given at a concert - even more so than some members of the audience may like - it isn't always their preference. So, sometimes, Lorde gives everyone a little shush.
In a video shared by @KULONSITE on Twitter, the singer can be seen at various concerts gesturing for the audience not to let loose and sing along or cheer just yet. "Someone made a compilation of Lorde shushing her crowd," the user wrote.
lorde created melodrama (2017) and for that i personally think shes allowed to shush people at concerts whenever she wants— cay (@koralinadean) April 21, 2022
The clip has racked up more than 70,000 likes and nearly two million views so far, dividing viewers on whether it's acceptable to tell a paying audience to be quiet, or if singers should be entitled to sing their songs the way they'd like.
Lorde has since responded to the clip, saying in a video: "Okay, I just woke up. I just wanted to talk about this thing of me shushing people at my shows.
"That was something I did in that one song, a couple of times, when I wanted to sing it acapella and/or off the microphone so people could hear me, and because I wanted to try something different.
Lorde is so funny for telling people to shush at her concerts😭😭 pic.twitter.com/wL0RyaHR9m— maraduer👾 (@thinkpiecetribe) April 23, 2022
"If you come to my shows, you know it’s like an hour and a half of all of us singing and screaming together.”
It's believed the song is 'Writer in the Dark'. "Also, that dramatic ass move was literally for an album called Melodrama so…don’t stress too hard," she added.
Fans have come to the singer's defence on Twitter, with one writing: "Because it's a song she wrote about being groomed and that cuts really deep so she wants it to be heard in a specific way?
bc its a song she wrote about being gr00med and that cuts really deep so she wants it to be heard in a specific way??????? stan twitter ignores her genius and now is deciding to attack her bc they don’t want to even TRY to understand where she’s coming from https://t.co/W2DAUD41e4— lena | harry’s house🏠 (@evermored_) April 17, 2022
"Stan twitter ignores her genius and now is deciding to attack her because they don’t want to even TRY to understand where she’s coming from."
Another commented: "In case anyone was wondering — Lorde hasn't performed 'Writer in the Dark' since 2018, and the acapella rendition since 2017.
"She won't shush you, she won't even sing that song live. It was only done in a handful of small shows in New Zealand and Australia."