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"Tennis Court" is a song by Lorde, from her debut album Pure Heroine (2013). The song was released on 7 June 2013 as the album's second single, the first single having been "Royals", and as a digital EP by Universal Music Group. It peaked at number one on the New Zealand chart. On the US Billboard chart, it peaked at number seventy-one, not matching the success of other singles from the album "Team" and "Royals".

Production and Composition Edit

Lorde was signed with UMG at age 13, and was later paired up with Joel Little, a singer, songwriter and producer. According to Little, Lorde developed her songwriting skills on "Tennis Court", for which she wrote the melody and the whole chorus. On 7 June 2013, "Tennis Court" was released as Pure Heroine's second single in Australia and New Zealand.On the same day, an EP with the same name was released digitally in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, and the UK, and physically (as a vinyl record) on 22 July. The single had been released for digital download in Finland, Norway and Sweden by August.

ReleaseEdit

On June 7th, 2013, "Tennis Court" was released to New Zealand and Australia. It has not yet been released to the United States.

ReceptionEdit

Most critics have given "Tennis Court" good reviews. According to Sir Elton John, one of the most famous musicians of all time, "Tennis Court" is "one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth". "Tennis Court" also peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100.

PerformancesEdit

  • Le Poisson Rouge (New York City, USA)
  • The Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Warsaw Venue (Brooklyn, USA)
  • Late Show With Letterman
  • Soho, England
  • Almost Acoustic Christmas (KROQ-FM - Pasadena, California)

Music videoEdit

Music Video Information
Lorde - Tennis Court03:22

Lorde - Tennis Court

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Released 23 June, 2013
Length 3:18
Director Joel Kefali
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VEVO views 83+ million+

The music video for "Tennis Court" was directed by Joel Kelafi, who also directed her previous music video for "Royals".

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Lorde getting ready for the music video.

SynopsisEdit

For the entirety of the video, Lorde is dressed in all black clothes standing directly in front of the camera. She does not move and open her mouth lip-sync the lyrics, except so say the word "Yeah".

According to MTV Buzzworthy Blogger Luke O'Neil,

The clip is nothing but a single shot of Ella staring into the camera as the song plays, not even singing along to the lyrics. It’s a bit unsettling at first, but eventually it starts to make sense. She’s trying to do things a bit differently, and so far it seems like it’s working.

—Luke O'Neil

LyricsEdit

Don't you think that it's boring how people talk? Making smart with their words again, well, I'm bored Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it Never not chasing a million things I want And I am only as young as the minute is, full of it Getting pumped up on the little bright things I bought But I know they'll never own me (yeah)

Baby, be the class clown I'll be the beauty queen in tears It's a new art form showing people how little we care (yeah) We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear Let's go down to the tennis court And talk it up like yeah (yeah)

Pretty soon, I'll be getting on my first plane I'll see the veins of my city like they do in space But my head's filling up fast with the wicked games, up in flames How can I fuck with the fun again, when I'm known? And my boys trip me up with their heads again, lovin' them Everything's cool when we're all in line for the throne But I know it's not forever (yeah)

Baby, be the class clown I'll be the beauty queen in tears It's a new art form showing people how little we care (yeah) We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear Let's go down to the tennis court And talk it up like yeah (yeah)

It looked alright in the pictures (yeah) Getting caught's half of the trip though, isn't it? (yeah) I fall apart with all my heart (yeah) And you could watch from your window (yeah) And you can watch from your window

Baby, be the class clown I'll be the beauty queen in tears It's a new art form showing people how little we care (yeah) We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear Let's go down to the tennis court And talk it up like yeah (yeah) And talk it up like yeah (yeah) And talk it up like yeah (yeah)

Let's go down to the tennis court And talk it up like yeah (yeah) And talk it up like yeah (yeah) And talk it up like yeah (yeah)

Let's go down to the tennis court And talk it up like yeah (yeah)

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