Singer compared the song to a Nokia ringtone
Alexandra Pollard

11:29 24th May 2014

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Lorde has reportedly criticised her own hit song 'Royals' in a new interview, branding it "disastrous" and "awful."

The New Zealand singer rose to fame last year with the debut album Pure Heroine, the lead single of which was the ubiquitous 'Royals', which sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone.

Watch the video for 'Royals' below

However, it seems Lorde isn't as keen on the song as her fans. According to The Edge, Lorde gave an interview with The Daily Record in which she said: "I listen to people covering the song and putting their own spin on it, and I listen to it in every single form except the original one I put out, and I realise that actually it sounds horrible."

She added: "It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia. None of the melodies are cool or good. It's disastrous. Awful... But for the same reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked out."

Despite Lorde's self-deprecation, 'Royals' has gone down well with fans and critics alike, winning the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in January.

Below: the 10 best things Lorde has said

  • When asked if she wants to work with David Guetta: "No. Fuck no. He's so gross."

  • "I think women who say, 'No, I'm not a feminist - I love men,' I think that is just...You don't know what it means. You think it means that, 'I don't shave under my arms, I burn my bras. Fuck men!' How could you be so uneducated, and so unwilling to learn about something which is so important to you?"

  • "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls."

  • "Everyone is so obsessed with how everything looks, how the party will look through a lens the next day. We all have Tumblr and we all have Instagram and everything. People care so much about it because, now, any random can be famous on the internet if their world looks good on Tumblr."

  • "She’s great, but I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: "I'm nothing without you." This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff."

  • On ex-Disney stars: "The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience. I am way less inclined to be like, ‘Look! I’m f**king mental!'"

  • "I'm a feminist so certain things about music I find frustrating. I think pop is scarily powerful. There are a lot of shock tactics these days: people trying to outdo each other, which will probably culminate in two people f**king onstage at the Grammys."

  • "I've always really liked Kanye and I met him on Jools Holland. He was wearing a grill on his lower teeth and I had this barely suppressed desire to rub the grill. I didn't rub the grill."

  • "I think there's a funny culture in music that's only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn't 100-percent good, you're a 'hater,' even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique."

  • "I love rap music because it just makes me feel way cooler than I really am."

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