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Lorde performs onstage at the 2021 Guggenheim International Gala on November 17, 2021 in New York City.

Singing on stage in front of a crowd can’t be easy, even for people who sell out stadiums. Five shows into her Solar Power tour, Lorde opened up in a Tuesday (April 12) email to her newsletter subscribers about how her performance anxiety struggles have been since her return to touring.

“I don’t think I realized, back when we booked these more intimate shows, just HOW psycho the feeling in the room would be,” she wrote. “And my stage fright is barely a factor now — I just feel calm, keen to hang with you for an hour and a half. That feels different now, more manageable, more on my terms.”

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter third revealed, “I used to come offstage and feel like I had stepped from one planet onto another, the adrenaline spike being so massive, the fear response I’d had to counteract so immense,” she continued. “I’d have to chew a gummy or drink a tequila just to come down a little bit.”

The New Zealand native says she’s now adopted a new post-performance ritual of writing down details about people she sees in the audience, like “someone in a sun costume, someone in old merch, someone with beautiful eye makeup, someone who’s hype the entire time, someone who barely sings a word but is completely focused.”

Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’ Album: Fans React Pretty Strongly

  • 'Solar Power' Song Titles

    One user pointed out the song title names reflecting solar power, with “Fallen Fruit” being food insecurity, while “The Man with the Axe” is deforestation, “Dominoes” is continuous environmental degradation, “Big Star” is a waning sun, “Leader of a New Regime” is eco-fascism and “Oceanic Feeling” is the melting icecaps.

  • What To Do If You Don't Like The New Album

    This fan kept it simple with a very helpful thread for those who don’t like Solar Power: get therapy.

  • The Album vs. The Tracklist

    The album cover may evoke youth and happy times, but as this fan points out, it gets quite sad.

  • Forget All The Tears You Cried, It's Over

    One fan quoted the line, “Forget all the tears you cried, it’s over” from the song “Solar Power.” This gif of a mustached man crying totally sums it up.

  • Starting 'Solar Power' vs. The End Of 'Solar Power'

    As many of us went into listening to the album, there wasn’t any forewarning on just how sad some of the songs would be like this meme illustrates.

  • Thanks For Changing My Life

    One fan credited Lorde for making one of the best albums they’ve heard this year.

  • After Listening To 'Solar Power'

    One fan tweeted a series of inspirational and motivational growth photos to summarize how it felt after listening to the album.

  • 'Mood Ring' Is A Popular Hit

    Many fans raved about the 11th song appearing on Solar Power, with the music video released earlier this week.

  • The Touching Song About The Love For Her Dog

    As this fan points out, Lorde wrote the song “Big Star” for her dog Pearl so that he’d know how much she loves him and “I don’t know how to finish this album without pausing every five minutes.”

  • Comparing Lorde's Three Albums

    pure heroine was lorde’s growing up album and melodrama was her growing pains album and solar power is so clearly lorde finally settling into herself,” one fan said.

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