“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” — Lorde‘s contribution to the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack — might seem like a song that the 16-year-old musician would pen, but in actuality, it’s a cover of Tears For Fears’ 1985 hit.
When the “Catching Fire” soundtrack listing appeared last week, outlets speculated that the Lorde song was a cover. Now, MTV News has confirmation from the “Hunger Games” team that Ella Yelich-O’Connor has, indeed, done her own spin on the New Wave classic.
Although the song quite handily fits into Lorde’s obsession with royals — with the whole “rule the world” line — it’s also the perfect accompaniment to a film about an oppressive government obsessed with wealth and image.
“The concept is quite serious — it’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes,” the band’s Curt Smith said back when the song was released.
When it comes to the “Catching Fire” soundtrack, Lorde is in good company — the track listing also features the likes of Coldplay, Patti Smith and Christina Aguilera.
This isn’t Lorde’s first ’80s cover, either. She previously put out a gorgeous re-imagining of The Replacements’ sad, sad outsider anthem “Swinging Party.” “As soon as I heard the song it was so powerful lyricall. It’s so beautiful and everything is a little bit tongue-in-cheek,” Lorde told MTV News. “It feels so sad as well. I love that. If I had written the song, I would be a very happy woman. I had to cover it.”
Speaking of covers, Rebecca Black also recently posted the following cover of “Royals” to Vine. Perhaps a collaboration is in the cards?
I covered Royals by Lorde when I was sick with no voice. https://t.co/7xVTJmSo3k
— Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack) September 30, 2013
Lorde’s debut record, Pure Heroine, is out Monday (September 30) in the U.S., featuring hit singles “Royals” and “Tennis Court,” as well as new jams like “Team” and “Ribs.”