Antipodean tween royalty Lorde – or, more accurately, the marketing department behind next week’s album release – has unveiled the 17-year-old’s dramatically revisionist, cinematic cover of a 1985/Singstar Pop classic for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’.
In response to the haunting orchestral appropriation, Tears For Fears’ Curtis Smith told MTV Hive, “I think it’s absolutely amazing. But then I love her, I think she’s brilliant. We love it when other people cover our stuff. Sometimes we steal them and use their version live.”
Smith also relayed that the concept informing the song was “quite serious: It’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes,” making it a fitting contribution to the soundtrack for one of the year’s most anticipated film’s about power, warfare and the misery it causes. Plus, Lorde is basically already the Katniss Everdeen of contemporary music.
The Catching Fire soundtrack is released next week and also features appearances from The National, Christina Aguilera, Of Monsters and Men, Coldplay, Diplo, The Weeknd and Sia.
You can listen to the contribution from the last three here.