Lorde's long-time collaborator isn’t producing her upcoming record.
The 19-year-old singer worked with producer Joel Little on her hit album Pure Heroine, which debuted in late 2013, and earned her two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
While the New Zealand-based star is busy working on her follow-up, Little has revealed he’s not producing the new project.
"We wrote together, but I'm not producing the record,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “This time I'm coming at it more as a fan than being super involved. I'm excited to see what she's working on.”
Little, who now lives in Los Angeles, adds that Lorde is working with several other producers on the record. However, he still expects he’ll be one of the first people to hear the finished product.
"I'm sure she'll play it (to me) before anyone hears it. I've heard a lot, we've worked on it a lot,” he explained. “She's trying to do something different as well (and) working with other producers is a part of that, and so I haven't heard any finished (songs) or any of that stuff.”
Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, last addressed her second album in August (16), when a fan asked her on Instagram why it was taking so long.
“I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell, and it's all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork,” she wrote on her official page in a now deleted comment.
“The record is written, we're in the production stage now. I've worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys.”
Lorde last released new solo music in 2014, when her song Yellow Flicker Beat appeared on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.