Lorde takes the power back with cover of Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’

What can't Lorde do? 

 

Audra Schroeder

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Published Nov 14, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:11 am CDT

Lorde recently performed her version of rapper Jeremih’s summer single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” for BBC Radio 1, and she made it her own.

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The original is made for the club, but Lorde slows it down and reverses the gender roles. In an interview, she explained “[i]t’s quite a saucy song or something, and I think it would be interesting to flip the dynamic and make that power mine.”

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Lorde’s having an excellent 18th birthday month. She debuted the video for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 single “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which has already been “reworked” by Kanye West, and gave Diplo the gas face.

@diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we’re at it hm

— Lorde (@lordemusic) November 13, 2014

Some good supplemental reading: Molly Beauchemin’s piece on Lorde, FKA Twigs, and the feminist dance movement.

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Screengrab via BBC Radio 1/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 14, 2014, 2:11 pm CST