Lorde's Hunger Games beat

NEW DARK JAM: Lorde has released her new single which will feature in the upcoming Hunger Games film.
NEW DARK JAM: Lorde has released her new single which will feature in the upcoming Hunger Games film.

Kiwi pop powerhouse Lorde has released her new single which will feature in the upcoming Hunger Games film.

The 17-year-old, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, posted the song, titled Yellow Flicker Beat, on social media this morning.

She wrote: "It's here: the official audio for yellow flicker beat. So nervous and excited sharing this with you guys. Aaaaaah."

Lorde, who is currently on tour in the United States, posted a heartfelt thank-you note to her fans on Tumblr, linking to her new song and marking the anniversary of her debut album, Pure Heroine, which was released a year ago.

"The past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number - the stamps on my passport, the number of people I have to ask before I ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when I walk around in public," she wrote.

"The other thing that's grown is me - my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions - but most of all, my capacity for love.

"The thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought Pure Heroine truly feel like friends to me..."

She added: "Now, about this song - Yellow Flicker Beat. It's my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love.

"It's my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss," she said, referring to the Hunger Games' main character, Katniss Everdeen. "I hope you like it."

Lorde is curating the soundtrack for the blockbuster film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 which opens in New Zealand on November 20.

Yellow Flicker Beat, which will be the film's lead single, has already received rave reviews from around the world.

"The dark jam fits comfortably within the 17-year-old's sonic wheelhouse, with Lorde's brooding croon stretched out over minimal synths and rattling drums," Rolling Stone reported.

Time magazine wrote: "The lyrics, paired with the dusky and lilting tone of the song, show off Lorde's skill at crafting a character that combines Katniss Everdeen's toughness with her own gothic overtones; it's cut in the same darkly grooving vein as her LP Pure Heroine."

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