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Lorde Debuts Sensuous New Sound at Coachella Festival (Photos, Video!)

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Lorde, the New Zealand singer, debuted new music off her upcoming album at the Coachella Music & Arts festival over the weekend. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Lorde debuted a more sensuous sound with songs off her new album, Melodrama at the Coachella festival. The break-up inspired tunes conjured up Taylor Swift, but had enough indie-rock edge to keep the New Zealand singer’s integrity intact.

Lorde looked every inch the sultry chanteuse in a strapless black sequined pantsuit, but didn’t back off of her signature high-energy performance.

Her album, due out this summer, was heavily influenced by her failed relationship with James Lowe, a New Zealand photographer and long-time boyfriend.

“It was my first major heartbreak,” she said in a recent interview. “It’s not something that I really am used to writing about. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to write about that.”

Lorde, real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, scored a huge breakout in 2012 with her offbeat, indie-rock tune “Royals.” It hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and held that spot for nine consecutive weeks.

That led to a major record deal and her first album Pure Heroine. The album peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s album, and was a certified platinum hit with 1.3 million sales.

Like most sophomore albums, Melodrama will have a slightly more targeted commercial sound. But rest assured, Lorde hasn’t sold out to the pop gods.

Check out her photos and the video below.

Lorde Sensual With Indie-Rock Edge (Click Photos to Enlarge!)

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