Max Martin Said Lorde’s “Green Light” Was A Case Of “Incorrect Songwriting”

Max Martin has spoken.

Max Martin had a few choice words about Lorde’s new song “Green Light.”

The singer opened up to the New York Times in a new interview about her forthcoming album, Melodrama, which she says tells the story of attending a single house party. It allowed Lorde to explore an array of moods but deliver something cohesive. “With a party, there’s that moment where a great song comes on and you’re ecstatic,” she explained, “and then there’s that moment later on where you’re alone in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, you don’t think you look good, and you start feeling horrible.”

The interview also features a delicious gem about famed producer Max Martin’s take on her lead single (though she notes no one’s feedback mattered more to her than Jack Antonoff’s).

Lorde recalls Martin “had a very specific opinion, which had to do with the melodic math — shortening a part,” adding “Green Light” was a case of “incorrect songwriting.” She clarified that his remark “wasn’t an insult, just a statement of fact,” and one that she agreed with: “It’s a strange piece of music.”

Then she gets analytical. “The drums don’t show up on the chorus until halfway through, which creates this other, bizarre part,” she said. The song rose to the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its second week and has received more than 40 million views on YouTube. When it comes to “melodic math,” Lorde said, “I have a strong awareness of the rules — 60 percent of the time I follow them; 40 percent, I don’t.”

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