January 3, 2014


Lorde Is the Future of Music, According to David Bowie

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C Flanigan/WireImage

As if a nine-week run at No. 1 with her debut single wasn't indication that people were really diggin' Lorde, David Bowie gave the singer the ultimate compliment saying she sounds like "tomorrow."

The 17-year-old Kiwi told Rookie Magazine that Bowie dropped the comparison when they met in New York. "I was like, 'I could creatively die and just be happy forever,'" she gushed. "To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow.

" It was super cute, though—for some reason, we were holding hands and just staring into each other's eyes and talking, and I was like, 'This is David Bowie's hand, what am I doing?' It was insane. A beautiful moment."

And Bowie might not be too off with the bold claim. In 2002, the Thin White Duke predicted that "The transformation of everything that we thought about music will take place within 10 years...music itself is going to become like running water or electricity." And with new services like Spotify and Pandora making music more accessible than it's ever been, Bowie's industry forecast wasn't too far off. Will Lorde's blend of bold lyricism and ambient electro-pop be the blueprint for future pop?

Don't forget you can see Lorde live this spring, she's one of our 17 must-see tours of 2014.