It was later included on her debut studio album, Pure Heroine and released through Universal Music. Its lyrics detail disapproval of the luxurious lifestyle of contemporary artists. Contemporary critics received "Royals" with widespread acclaim and praised its musical style, lyrics and Lorde's vocal delivery. Several sites ranked it as one of the best songs of the year, with Slant and Consequence of Sound placing it on the top spot of their respective lists.
The single garnered success on charts internationally, reaching the number one spot for nine consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hotand simultaneously breaking several records. It consists mostly of scenes of normal teenagers doing unexceptional things shot in slow motion.
In the media, the song has been credited for inspiring some artists to adopt its minimalist sound, and has been called an anthem for millennials. Lorde was born in At age 13, she began writing songs. MacLachlan tried unsuccessfully
Lorde royals us version set her up with several songwriters and producers to help her with production.
Her vocal performance and songwriting abilities impressed him, and he composed songs with musical structures based on her lyrics. Lorde wrote "Royals ' " lyrics in half an Lorde royals us version at her home in July After seeing an image by photographer Ted Spiegel in the July edition of National Geographic showing Kansas City Royals ' baseball player George Brett signing baseballs, with his team's name Royals emblazoned across his shirt, she had its title.
More broadly, historic aristocrats also inspired the song.
I was definitely poking fun at a lot of things that people take Lorde royals us version be normal. I was listening to a lot of hip hop and I kind of started to realise that to be cool in hip hop, you have to have that sort of car and drink that sort of vodka and have that sort of watch, and I was like, 'I've literally never seen one of those watches in my entire life'.
The music she listened to while writing the song also influenced her. Lana Del Rey is always singing about being in the Hamptonsor driving her Bugatti Veyronor whatever, and at the time, me and my friends were at some house party worrying how to get home because we "Lorde royals us version" afford a cab.
This is our reality! If I write songs about anything else then I'm not writing anything that's real. Reaction to the song on social media was immediate, and by December "Royals" was broadcast for the first time on New Zealand radio station George FM. After downloads it was removed from SoundCloud. Jason Flompresident of Lava Recordshad heard the song on SoundCloud and immediately signed a contract with Lorde.
In an interview with Billboard he commented, "I sent an email very shortly after signing [Lorde] to all the key people at iTunes, and I said, 'This really takes me back to when I signed Tori Amos '.
According to Flom a key step to popularising the song internationally was the addition of "Royals" to Sean Parker 's playlist at Spotify on 2 April. It reached the top in Mayand in the same month online sales increased in territory.
Two months later, "Royals" was sent to alternative radio stations in the United States, and on 13 August it was sent to top 40 radio stations. In Austria and Finland, the track was digitally released on 2 August. Its low-fidelity production  is enhanced by synthesisers and Pro Tools software. The song has a moderate tempo of 85 beats per minute Andante. Several excerpts from the song were described as a satire on hip hop culture, when the singer Lorde royals us version she is not interested in "gold teeth, Maybachs and Cristal champagne" — valued by artists of the genre in their music videos and songs.
Matthew Perpetua of BuzzFeedfelt the issue addressed in "Royals" is growing up in New Zealand "immersed in American cultural imperialism ", and that the core of the song is the alienation of social classes. The song is an honest criticism of a materialistic society. Digital Spy gave the song five out of five stars praising it and saying it has an "addictive hook that thrives on its simplicity" and suggesting "Lorde's success is here to stay.
The lyrical appeal of the track was also appreciated by other analysts, like Rita Lorde royals us version of National Public Radio. She described the song as a brilliant pop number with a brave underdog message, saying the "song's melody, Lorde's rhythmic vocal style and the heartfelt lyrics come together to form a polished little gem of a song". Scott Interrante of PopMatters described "Royal" ' s sound as "[d]istinct and cool, mixing hip-hop beats with Queen-style harmonies and sub-urban lyrics".
Many media sources, including Slant The Boston Herald  and Consequence of Sound named it the best song of The Daily Telegraph placed the song at number 77 on their list of the greatest songs of all time,  while Rolling Stone ranked the song at number nine on their 21st century list.
In its first seven days on sale, "Royals" sold 85, downloads and debuted at number 90 on the Billboard Hot for the week ending 7 July The song had the highest number of digital downloads for five non-consecutive weeks. On the 12 October chart, "Royals" replaced " Wrecking Ball " by Miley Cyrus, which had been at the top for two straight weeks, as the number one song in the United States.
Aly Weisman of Business Insider noted that Lorde's performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a few days before the charts were updated helped make it known to a wider audience. Since its release in the United States, "Royals" has broken many records, many of them a result of Lorde's young age.
At sixteen years and eleven months old, Lorde became the youngest female artist in 26 years to top of the Billboard Hot since American singer Tiffany also sixteen topped the chart with " I Think We're Alone Now " in It also
Lorde royals us version Lorde the youngest solo artist to reach that mark since Mario who, at eighteen years old intopped the chart with " Let Me Love You ".
In Canada, "Royals" debuted at number 58 on the Canadian Hot and in the following weeks experienced a steady rise on the chart. In its twelfth week, the song reached
Lorde royals us version top of the 12 October chart with more than 29, copies sold. It remained there for six consecutive weeks before being replaced by Eminem and Rihanna 's collaboration Lorde royals us version The Monster "on 16 November.
It was later awarded seven platinum plaques by Music Canada for sales of more thancopies. The song debuted at number three on the Irish Recorded Music Association IRMA Chart on 3 October before climbing to number one the following week selling a furthercopies.
In other regions of Europe, "Royals" also experienced commercial success, reaching the top position on the Euro Digital Songs chart and landing within the top ten in Germany, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, among Lorde royals us version.