In a surprise move, GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum artist LORDE released new song “Solar Power.”

The song, which appropriately dropped timed to the only solar eclipse of the year, came alongside the announcement of her highly anticipated third studio album of the same name, Solar Power.

Today the artist additionally revealed the album release date as August 20th 2021 and announced her 2022 World tour dates.

The album includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff who she collaborated with on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama.

Of the album Lorde says, “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

Lorde - Solar Power

Of the single she adds, “The first song, also called SOLAR POWER and written and produced by myself and Jack, is the first of the rays. It’s about that infectious, flirtatious summer energy that takes hold of us all, come June…” (Or December, if you’re a Southern Hemisphere baby like me…)

To honor the natural world the artist is presenting the album in a first-of-its kind, discless format.

An eco-conscious Music Box will be available for purchase as an alternative to a CD.

This innovative offering will contain extra visual content, handwritten notes, exclusive photos, and a download card. The card will give purchasers a high-quality download of the music, two exclusive bonus tracks, and access to some special surprises along the way.

When talking about the concept Lorde says, “I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD. I wanted this Music Box product to be similar in size, shape and price to a CD, to live alongside it in a retail environment, but be something which stands apart and that’s committed to the evolving nature of a modern album.”

The song is the first single from Lorde’s forthcoming third studio album will be released via Universal Music New Zealand.

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