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The Love Club is the debut EP by Lorde, released on March 8, 2013. Upon its release, it made it to #2 on the New Zealand Albums Chart after a week and was certified platinum for shipments of 15,000 copies. Outside of her native New Zealand however, few had known about it. After all, it's not like anyone in North America would know about an EP from a 16-year-old girl from New Zealand. That all changed when an agent discovered her singing "Royals" at a school talent show, propelling to #1 status on charts worldwide and her debut album, Pure Heroine, to double platinum status. As such, most of the EP's worldwide sales came after she became a star.



  1. "Bravado" (3:41)
  2. "Royals" (3:10)
  3. "Million Dollar Bills" (2:18)
  4. "The Love Club" (3:21)
  5. "Biting Down" (3:30)

All the songs off the EP would later be added to Pure Heroine as the extended version. Please visit that page for tropes pertaining to songs from that album.

Million Dollar Tropes:

  • Chekhov's Gun: "Royals", her biggest song by far, made its debut on this EP, which was almost completely obscure outside of New Zealand.
  • Concept EP: The songs deal with the dramas of being a teenager. Topics deal with things such as taking a look at cliques, ideals of growing up and being wealthy, and being the outcast at school.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Biting Down" is a look at one, doing drugs (like ecstasy) to ease the pain.
    It feels better biting down.
  • Face on the Cover: A variation. The cover features an artistic drawing of Lorde done in a sort of fantasy style.
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  • "I Want" Song: "Million Dollar Bills" is about how Lorde wants nothing more than money and time, or as she puts it "a million dollar bills and a tick tick tick tick".
  • Loners Are Freaks: "Bravado" is about the struggles of a socially awkward introvert around extroverted people.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The songs sound quite upbeat, despite focusing on rather depressing subject matter.
  • Metal Scream: Not quite a metal scream, but "The Love Club" provides the only example in her entire discography where Lorde breaks her normally stoic singing style to raise her voice.
    When you're a member go on your great adventure again
    And we'll be waiting at the end!
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Million Dollar Bills" clocks in at two minutes and eighteen seconds. Also, the EP itself is around sixteen minutes. It does cover a lot in that sixteen minutes though.
  • Money Song: Two versions of this are present in that album. "Royals", a Take That! to the rich and famous who live lavish lifestyle while the poor have little hope, and "Million Dollar Bills", a song about how she herself wants a million dollars so she can have parties without any care like other rich kids.
  • One-Word Title: "Bravado" and "Royals".
  • Rich Bitch/Hard-Drinking Party Girl: "Million Dollar Bills" is a satire. The narrator of the song wants to be one, saying she wants nothing more than money and time so she can have all the parties she wants while getting in trouble the cops, much like Hollywood kids you hear on the news.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Many walls of harmonies are used throughout the EP, with no other vocalist involved.
  • Teens Are Monsters: "The Love Club" is about being "friends" with a nasty clique.
  • Title Track: "The Love Club".
  • With Friends Like These...: "The Love Club" is about joining a nasty clique to get more freedom, only to ironically lose freedom, leading the narrator to realize her mistakes when it's too late.


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