Lorde's hit song "Royals" hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, the same week her debut album Pure Heroine was officially released. How did she celebrate the occasion? The singer-songwriter told MTV News, "I went to see Phoenix last night at Barclays Center, and then I went home and went to bed."
With the massive success of "Royals," Lorde says she is focused on proving she has much more than that one song up her sleeve. "I'm super focused on making new music at the moment, and that's a good way to be if you've had some success with past music, rather than be like 'How am I going to follow this one up?'" she told MTV. "I think what everyone forgets is that there's all this stuff, and then in the center is the music you make. I wouldn't be doing this interview unless I have a record or a body of work to back it up; if there's no music, there's literally nothing."
"So I have to be like 'You have to let me make music, or what is there for us to do?'" she continued. "It's the thing that I care about the most and it keeps me sane, so I've gotten pretty good at saying, like 'No, I don't want to do that boring thing, I want to do this cool thing.'"
Lorde reiterated that she wants to just keep on writing new songs, first and foremost. "I wrote 'Royals' before I got big, but I wrote the whole record pretty much after, and people seem to like that. I couldn't not think about it gaining momentum while I was writing," she told MTV. "I'm just focused on making more music, better music. I think I've got some great ideas already."