"Royals" is a song by Lorde, from her debut EP, The Love Club as the second track, and was also released on her debut album, Pure Heroine as the third track. The song was released on March 8, 2013 as the album's first single as well as her debut single. It was a very major hit in the US. It was Lorde's breakthrough song, and peaked at number one on both the US and New Zealand charts.
Lyrically, "Royals" describes how the culture that music displays (such as drinking, partying and luxurious things) is irrelevant to a teenager's life.
This song peaked at number one, and was on the chart for 44 weeks, almost a year straight. It also set a record with staying at the number one position for nine weeks, the second most that year, after Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'. It replaced Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" at number one, which caused Lorde to get controversy from Miley's fans. It then got replaced by Eminem and Rihanna's 'The Monster'.