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Lorde answered some questions about the 'Mockingjay' soundtrack on Twitter

In case you hadn’t heard, Lorde curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, which is this small indie film about a girl who plays with her food and has birds for pets. And because Lorde has started releasing a few of the songs from the upcoming film, she decided it was time for a Twitter Q&A with her fans.

Here’s what we learned:

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Lorde covers Bright Eyes in new, very emotional 'Mockingjay' song

In a new song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde covers Bright Eyes’ “Ladder Song.” The slow jam sets a fairly melancholy mood with talk of traitors and people who used to be “friends of mine.”

With that in mind, the song could very easily lend itself to a Katniss-Peeta moment, among other options. Regardless, based on the song’s tempo, the odds are definitely in favor of the moment being an emotional one. (Read: Expect tears.)

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Lorde covers Jeremih's 'Don't Tell 'Em' for BBC

On Thursday, Lorde took a break from promoting The Hunger Games to cover Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” which came out this summer, for BBC.

The Kiwi singer stuck closely to the original for the most part, but did give the R&B track a soulful kick—and even danced along. “Dancing,” in this case, involves a lot of bouncing and some moves that suggest Lorde may or may not be about to fight someone. READ FULL STORY

Listen to Kanye West's eerie rework of Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” released in September, was already dramatic. Then it got an eerie makeover by Kanye West for the Hunger Games soundtrack.

Lorde curated the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, and it includes “Yellow Flicker Beat” and West’s rework of the track, which appeared on the Kiwi singer’s YouTube Monday. The original sounds like it’s ripped straight from Pure Heroine; West’s version retains that sound while also giving it a darker, ominous feel.
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Watch Lorde's new music video for 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from 'The Hunger Games'

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The video for Lorde’s Hunger Games lead single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” is here, and yes, she dances. A lot.

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12-year-old Lorde covered Kings of Leon, and (obviously) killed it

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Sometimes pop music presents weird little continuities. Today it’s 2013’s radio “Royal” Lorde covering 2009’s radio Kings (of Leon). You know, the cover we’ve all been waiting for.

FM radio played “Use Somebody”  into oblivion, but maybe it only needed a change of scenery. This recording, which allegedly features a 12-year-old Lorde singing the song on New Zealand radio, is actually pretty great. There’s also some shared thematic DNA between the two songs: If you could “use somebody,” doesn’t that mean you want someone on your “team”?

Check out the recording below, and be thankful preteen Lorde didn’t cover “Sex On Fire” instead.

Lorde, One Direction, and Fergie to perform at American Music Awards

After One Direction drops their latest album Nov. 17, fans will still have something to look forward to: The band is set to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on Nov. 23 along with Lorde and Fergie.

Lorde and One Direction both nabbed multiple nominations for the year’s awards; Fergie’s most recent release was 2006’s The Dutchess. Fergie will debut a new song, titled “L.A. LOVE (la la),” at the AMAs. READ FULL STORY

The Lorde-curated 'Hunger Games' soundtrack features Chvrches, Charli XCX, more

When news broke that Lorde would be curating the Hunger Games soundtrack, expectations were high: The 17-year-old broke out in 2013 with “Royals” and has been releasing hit after hit from her debut album ever since. But now the soundtrack’s tracklist is out, and it doesn’t disappoint.

CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Bat for Lashes, and Lorde herself are among the artists featured on the 14-track album. Songs include Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” a single she premiered in September, and The Chemical Brothers’ “This Is Not a Game,” which began floating around on the internet Monday. READ FULL STORY

Chemical Brothers, Lorde, and Miguel team up for new 'Hunger Games' track

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Lorde has been busy curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which now includes a Chemical Brothers song titled “This is Not a Game” featuring Miguel and Lorde herself.

“This is Not a Game” is a ready-for-radio pop track, complete with Lorde’s dark vocals interrupting every so often to proclaim, “There it is,” and a moment of calm during the bridge that’s quickly ruined by frantic synths. The track first premiere on Zane Lowe’s BBC 1 Radio Show and is available to listen at Billboard. READ FULL STORY

San Francisco radio stations ban Lorde's 'Royals' for World Series

San Franciscans won’t be jamming along to Lorde’s “Royals” on the way to the World Series for a short while, as some local radio stations have banned the song for the time being.

The ban isn’t directly caused by Lorde herself, but rather by the song’s title and its inspiration: Lorde once saw a photo of Kansas City Royals’ player George Brett and was struck by the team’s name, so she decided to name a song after it. But now, the Royals are facing the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, meaning it’s no time for Giants fans to be humming along.

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