Song is head of third studio album

GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum artist Lorde has dropped “Mood Ring,” the latest song off her forthcoming third studio album, Solar Power, which will be released via Republic Records this Friday, August 20th. The song comes alongside an epic music video featuring Lorde as you’ve never seen her before.

“This is a song I am very excited about, it’s so much fun to me. Obviously when making this album I did a deep-dive into 60s, Flower Child culture,” the singer says of the song. “I wanted to understand the commune life, dropping out from society and trying to start again. That really resonated to me when writing this album. One thing that occurred to me as a major parallel between that time and our time is our wellness culture and our culture of spirituality, pseudo-spirituality, wellness, pseudo-wellness. Things like eating a macro-biotic vegan diet or burning sage, keeping crystals, reading tarot cards or your horoscope. These were all things that they were dabbling in back then, and that me and my girlfriends are dabbling in today. I was like “I think there’s a pop song in here”. So this is kind of my extremely satirical look at all of those vibes.”

The song is the latest glimpse into what the full Solar Power universe will feel like. A celebration of the natural world, the album includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff who she collaborated with on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama.

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 album will also be released on vinyl.

The artist will take to the stage on album release day to headline the “GMA” Summer Concert Series with their first in-person Central Park show in nearly two years. Then starting August 23rd, Lorde will join The Late Late Show with James Corden for a week-long residency during the show’s first week back from summer hiatus.

The pop star will launch a 40+ show world tour in 2022. Promoted by AEG Presents in the US and Canada, is her first North American tour since 2018 and kicks off in North America in Nashville on April 3rd at the Grand Ole Opry House before concluding at the Santa Barbara Bowl on May 7th.