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  • Lorde has released her latest song, Perfect Places, a dreamy pop ballad. Listen! (Photo: Lorde)

    Lorde has released her promised song, “Perfect Places,” a dreamy ballad that confirms her spiral into pop music. The song is from her widely anticipated sophomore album Melodrama. Say goodbye to indie-rock.

    Lorde, real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, has a tough act to follow–herself.

    Her debut album, 2013’s Pure Heroine was an international success.

    The album’s indie-rock vibe was a refreshing change from homogenized pop of singers like Ariana Grande, Katy Perry,Taylor Swift and others.

    She released the album when she was only 16, and it had a freshness that’s hard to find in music these days.

    But Lorde is a big star now with a big record contract, The pressure is likely on for her new album to be a commercial success.

    Now 20, the singer says her new direction is all about being “sexy and a young woman now.”

    “It’s like, ‘Oh, shit, I can’t be kind of sexy if I want to for a second? Everything I do has to be, like, ‘library girl’?” she said.

    “That [first album] felt like a kid. This feels like a young woman. I can hear the difference,” she added.

    The sound 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.”

    “After your heart is broken, music enters you on a new level. You suddenly find yourself crying when ‘Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart’ comes on.”

    Melodrama is slated for release June 16. Check out the new song below.