Lorde announces her long-awaited return with Solar Power

The New Zealand singer-songwriter confirms she will return with new music this year.

Lorde has announced that she will make her long-awaited return this year with new music.

The singer-songwriter posted the cover art on her website for what is rumoured to be her new single or possibly new album, titled Solar Power. 

There are no other details yet, but a message on her site says: “Arriving in 2021… Patience is a virtue". The widely-rumoured release date is said to be June 21.

The release is Lorde's first new music four years, since 2017's Melodrama, her widely acclaimed record that finished at the top of several critics' end-of-year album lists.

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Fans were hoping for new Lorde music following the recent announcement that she will headline the 2022 Primavera Sound festival. A message on the festival's website said that Lorde will "emerge from her retirement with her third album after her unforgettable visit in 2018".

Hit producer and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff (Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift), who worked on the bulk of Melodrama, will once again be on production duties with Lorde - he also shared the artwork reveal on his Instagram.

To date, Lorde has landed two Top 5 records on the Official UK Albums Chart, plus three Top 40 singles, including her chart-topping debut Royals. View Lorde's Official Chart history in full here.