The world reacts to Lorde's new Green Light

It started with a tweet, then a couple dozen more, a treasure hunt, and now Lorde's new single Green Light has finally dropped.

The Kiwi pop star, who has been teasing fans for months about the release of her new music, revealed on Friday that the track was inspired by her own personal heartbreak experience.

In less than half an hour, Green Light became the top trending topic worldwide, and reviews about the vibrant break-up anthem came through thick and fast.

Lorde's new single Green Light has got fans and critics raving.
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Lorde's new single Green Light has got fans and critics raving.

Even fellow pop stars like Katy Perry and Paramore's Hayley Williams posted to express their approval of the hit, as well as Lorde's former producer Joel Little.

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Girls creator Lena Dunham posted congratulations to Lorde and Dunham's partner, Jack Antonoff, who produced Lorde's forthcoming album, Melodrama. 

"Stop the presses! @lordemusic has a stunning dance-your-face-off new single (produced by my man, who makes a very cute cameo in the video in his best Seinfeld hat.)," Dunham captioned the image.

"Ella & Jack worked on most of this album in our apartment and it was a privilege to watch her create and feed her little snacks. For anyone who has ever been in love, been in hate, felt like they were living in the dizzying lights of an 80s movie - Melodrama is your album and Green Light is your jam."

Billboard noted that the track is a much more up-tempo number than previous Lorde singles, "with a classic house-derived piano hook and propulsive 4/4 beat that explodes into a thumping frenzy on the chorus". 

BBC News described the track as "structurally and thematically complex" with a euphoric chorus.

"Green Light isn't as immediate as previous Lorde singles like Royals and Yellow Flicker Beat. In particular, there's an awkward gear change from the haunting, dramatic verses into the choppy, beat-driven chorus.

"But in common with one of the year's other great pop comebacks - Katy Perry's Chained to the Rhythm - the song rewards repeated listens."

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Forbes has also mused that Green Light marks a new chapter for Lorde.

"The tune sees her shedding the gloom of her previous hits for a more upbeat feeling, one which packs a galloping piano/drum beat build up and a power-pop chorus with a vaguely electronic backbeat.

"As the singer herself promised, the song is meant to make a person dance, and it accomplishes that goal perfectly without forcing Lorde to cave to any trend in pop or dance. She may have changed lanes, but it has now become clear she is driving on her own road, one where there is no room for other pop stars."

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Lorde's Green Light has been nominated for best editing at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

 - Stuff

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