Lorde is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming sophomore record Melodrama which is set for a June 16 release. On March 2, the New Zealander released the lead single "Green Light" along with an accompanying music video that depicts a relationship that's over. It was an off day for a new release as most hit the internet on Friday, a global move made in July 2015 to combat leaks and to maximize weekend music consumers.
"Green Light" with only one day of streaming activity made its debut on the Hot 100 on the March 7 refresh at No. 100, just one spot away from being on the Bubbling Under tally. In just one week, "Light" rushes from the last position all the way into the top 20 peaking at No. 19 as reflected on the March 14 refresh. The fresh track debuts at No. 6 on Digital Songs after moving 52,000 total copies and at No. 20 on Streaming Songs having 13.6 million listens across recognized platforms. The song has yet to pick up on radio but added 20 million impressions in an all-genre format in the U.S.
The new track from the young songwriter is about her first major breakup and was new territory for her. She wrote the song with intense lyrics but having a joyous sound where she's the girl who cries to everyone in a room about her ex-boyfriend that everyone thinks is a mess anyhow. She'll get through it that one night and begin to move on the next. It's the beginning of a new chapter that Lorde will tell the world on Melodrama after rising to fame following her 2013 hit album Pure Heroine.
The last time that Lorde appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart was in 2014 with her track "Yellow Flicker Beat." It served as the lead single to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, a project she curated herself. "Beat" only peaked at No. 34 on the chart but was able to reach No. 3 on Hot Rock Songs.
Watch Lorde perform "Green Light" on "Saturday Night Live" from the March 11 episode below: