Olivia Rodrigo acknowledges that a notable song by Lorde significantly influenced the course of her life, expressing ongoing inspiration from it.

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Recalling the acquisition of her initial phone around the age of 12 or 13, Olivia Rodrigo shared in a recent interview that her immediate action was to download Lorde’s album “Pure Heroine.”

A specific Lorde track holds a significant place in Olivia Rodrigo’s life story. During a recent roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where prominent songwriters of the year were featured, Rodrigo discussed the transformative impact of Lorde’s 2013 hit, “Royals,” on the course of her life. Recalling the moment of receiving her first phone at around 12 or 13 years old, Rodrigo shared that her immediate action was to download Lorde’s album “Pure Heroine,” marking the beginning of a meaningful connection with the artist. This insight was revealed as part of the Off Script with The Hollywood Reporter series.

Expressing her deep admiration, Rodrigo continued, stating, “I love that record so much.” Reflecting on the period when she began writing songs, she vividly remembered being captivated by Lorde’s lyrics, which eloquently captured the essence of teenage life in the suburbs.

The Grammy winner reminisced about how Lorde, just 16 at the time of the album’s release in September 2013, made the seemingly trivial aspects of youth feel profound and beautiful through her songwriting. Rodrigo emphasized the enduring impact of Lorde’s work, acknowledging that the album remains one of her favorites and continues to be a significant source of inspiration.

“Royals” held a special place in Rodrigo’s heart, and she went on to delve into her profound appreciation for the song in greater detail.

Unveiled in June 2013 as the initial release preceding the album, this track presented a critique of the common trend among well-known musicians to depict extravagant lifestyles that often lack relatability for a broader audience.

In the electro-pop composition, Lorde, aged 27, expresses, “We will never possess royal status; it is not inherent in our lineage. The allure of opulence simply does not resonate with us. We yearn for a different kind of excitement.” This song achieved the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and secured two Grammy Awards in 2014 for both song of the year and best pop solo performance.

Recalling the first time she heard the song on the radio, Rodrigo reflected, “It was one of those surreal moments that stick with you — a snapshot memory. Like, ‘Oh my God. What is this?’ It changes the trajectory of your life.”

The musician, originally from New Zealand, still holds a special place in Rodrigo’s heart. In a September interview with PEOPLE, the former High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star mentioned that Lorde’s “Solar Power” remains a part of one of her preferred Spotify playlists.