LORDE’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM MELODRAMA AVAILABLE NOW!

 

NUMBER ONE IN 45 COUNTRIES AND COUNTING

ANNOUNCES MELODRAMA WORLD TOUR

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 16, 2017) – Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum chart-dominating artist LORDE releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, Melodrama via LAVA/Republic Records. To celebrate the release, LORDE has announced her 2018 North American tour dates promoted by AEG Presents, on sale Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10am local. Fans can sign up for Lorde’s email list for first access to pre-sale tickets and find more info on tour dates here: https://lorde.co.nz/melodrama-tour

 

Melodrama is available now across all digital service providers.

 

In just nine hours since its midnight release, Melodrama has already garnered widespread critical acclaim, with USA Today crowning it, “the best pop release of 2017 thus far, cementing the singer’s status as one of her generation’s most essential stars.”  Variety insists Melodrama is, “the great weird-pop album 2017 has been waiting for,” while The New Yorker likens the release to the work of Elton John, Freddie Mercury, and Kate Bush, and Entertainment Weekly succinctly declares it, “holy.”  Pitchfork describesMelodrama as, “a masterful study of being a young woman…crafted with the utmost care and wisdom,” before concluding, “It’s not enough to say Lorde is one in a generation.”

 

Ahead of the release, LORDE gave fans a preview of her second studio album, dropping four songs off Melodrama beginning with the release of lead single “Green Light” in March and follow-up tracks “Liability,” “Sober,” and current single “Perfect Places.”  “Green Light” immediately launched the singer to the top worldwide trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, amassing an incredible 2 billion impressions on Twitter alone within its first 24 hours. Rolling Stone praised her return single as, “a reflection of her own emerging adulthood” and The FADER declared the track, “a true pop anthem – made for both earbud strutting and the club”. Pitchfork naming “Green Light” and “Perfect Places” best new tracks. Billboard praised “Liability” as “an absolute jaw-dropper.” SPIN calling her latest release “Sober,” “the strangest, coolest Melodrama song yet,” with Pitchfork declaring the track, “intoxicating.”

 

In addition to the previously announced tour dates across Europe – featuring support from Khalid – and in Australia and New Zealand, LORDE announces her 2018 North American tour dates, with support to be announced. The singer’s North American dates are set for March 2018, kicking off in Milwaukee before heading to 30 dates and concluding in Nashville, TN.

 

Lorde has been heating up festival stages all season with acclaimed performances at Coachella, Governors Ball and most recently, Bonnaroo. Garnering praise from fans and critics alike with UPROXX noting that “her voice was impeccable, and she brimmed with confidence as she strutted across the stage” and Billboard concluding that “Lorde can deliver…”  She continues to headline marquee festivals across the globe this year including anticipated performances at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Life Is Beautiful, and more.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
March 1, 2018 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
March 2, 2018 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
March 3, 2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 5, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
March 8, 2018 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
March 10, 2018 Portland, OR Moda Center at the Rose Garden
March 12, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center
March 13, 2018 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
March 14, 2018 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
March 16, 2018 Glendale, CA Gila River Arena
March 18, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
March 19, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 21, 2018 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
March 23, 2018 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 24, 2018 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Arena
March 25, 2018 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
March 27, 2018 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
March 28, 2018 Detroit, MI Little Ceasars Arena
March 29, 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
March 31, 2018 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
April 2, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 3, 2018 Boston, MA TD Garden
April 4, 2018 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
April 6, 2018 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
April 7, 2018 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
April 8, 2018 Washington D.C. The Anthem
April 11, 2018 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 12, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
April 14, 2018 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
April 15, 2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

 

International tour dates can be found at https://lorde.co.nz/.

 

ABOUT LORDE

In 2013, a 16-year-old LORDE quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, win two GRAMMY® Awards, and spawn the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, “Royals,” and quadruple-platinum follow up “Team.” The former cemented LORDE as “the youngest solo artist and the only New Zealander to achieve #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.” Time exalted her amongst the “Most Influential Teenagers in the World,” she landed on Forbes’s “30 Under 30” List, graced the cover of Rolling Stone and performed alongside Nirvana during the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. She also curated the official soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and recorded “Yellow Flicker Beat” as the lead single. This year LORDE makes her anxiously awaited return with the new single “Green Light,” from her second full-length album due this summer, marking the first taste of new music that will set the tone for her highly anticipated performances at marquee festivals including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Life Is Beautiful, and more.

 

 

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.