Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Lorde.
Bonnie McKee gives some pretty brilliant interviews because she's unafraid to hold back. Last month, the singer-songwriter opened up about writing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” sexual harassment in the music industry and the evolution of pop music. Definitely give that one a read later, but first let's catch up with her latest juicy bite. McKee, who's responsible for 10 No. 1 songs on the Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, was asked by Billboard about a specific lyric in Lorde's 2013 Pure Heroine single "Team."
I'm kind of over being told throw my hand ups in the air, so there."
The connection? McKee is responsible for Taio Cruz's chart-topping song "Dynamite," which stormed the radio beginning in 2010. In the song, Cruz sings: "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes saying ayeoh, gotta let go."
Billboard asked McKee if she took that line in Lorde's song personally. "Yeah, absolutely I did," she said, adding that was the first time someone had asked her that question. "I remember when that came out I was like, 'All right, all right bitch, I hear you.' Which is funny, because when 'Dynamite' came out -- I mean, look, I didn't start the saying “throw your hands up in the air.” But it was a massive hit, and then all the sudden you start hearing every song talk about putting hands up in the air. I was also like, 'But Lorde, you don't understand where I was coming from! [Laughs.] You don't understand that that's a really deep song to me.'”
She adds: "I was insulted by that, definitely. Clever, though. Even though she stole my Grammy [for song of the year in 2014, when McKee was nominated for Perry's "Roar"], I still love her."
There's also a few other interesting quotes in the same interview, including her favorite choruses of the 21st century (Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” Lady Gaga's “Poker Face” and Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe”) and more on collaborating with Katy Perry. Read it here.