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Lorde calls music journalists ‘spineless’ in defense of Iggy Azalea

Singer Lorde performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 19, 2014 in Indio, California.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

New Zealand singer Lorde has not allowed her new pop star status to silence her opinions. According to NME on Apr. 28, the Grammy winner has come to the defense of rapper Iggy Azalea and criticized music critics after the Australian rapper received a negative review of her debut album, The New Classic.

The “Royals” singer was so agitated by the review by Complex magazine that she shared on her Tumblr page just how hypocritical she thought the magazine was after they recently featured Azalea on their cover with a positive headline.

The negative view seemed a bit much for Lorde. She wrote on her Tumblr page:

bugs me how publications like complex will profile interesting artists in order to sell copies/get clicks and then s**t on their records? It happens to me all the time – pitchfork and that ilk being like ‘can we interview you? After totally taking the piss out of me in a review. Have a stance on an artist and stick to it. Don’t act like you respect them then throw them under the bus.”

In failing to understand why the magazine would negatively criticize an artist after previously endorsing them, Lorde made her opinion known. Complex magazine responded that they have the right to their opinion and also have the right to change that opinion when new facts, particularly new music, comes to the forefront that may change that opinion. They also pointed out the difference between an opinion and a review.

The magazine also said conforming to the Lorde’s vision of journalism would do away with journalistic integrity all together, pointing out that both Lorde and Azalea seem to have some confusion between “respect” and being thrown “under the bus” when it comes to press coverage and media interactions. Basically what Complex said in their response is that artists who obtain celebrity status have to take the negative along with the positive.

Lorde, although young, is a rising star who has already been faced with harsh criticism. She doesn’t hold back in addressing those opinions with her own outspoken words. As she said when her appearance was criticized, it is her “strength” that allows her to fight back. But sometimes, especially when going up against the media, it’s a battle that may not be worth battling. Two things that aren’t going away anytime soon are music and the media. They must coexist in order to relay all messages, positive and negative, that the industry displays.