Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rachel Solomon Parodies Lorde's 'Royals' With 'Nashville' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Despite the fact that it was initially released in 2012, Lorde's "Royals" is among the most influential singles of 2013 — written by the New Zealander when she was just 15 years old, the song now holds the record for the longest run by a woman atop the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. "Royals" comments on the opulent-slash-dangerous lifestyles espoused by hip-hop and pop stars, and truth be told, it's a fairly next-level thing to come out of a 15-year-old's brain.

"Royals" and its video have of course inspired no dearth of parodies — each one more tired and vapid than the last, naturally. But it's one such "Royals" parody in particular that lands within our purview: Local singer-songwriter Rachel Solomon created a "Royals" send-up that she titled simply "Nashville," in which the adopted Nashvillian (a Yankee by birth) attempts to lovingly skewer Music City. There's Music Row-insider terminology, a reference to the fact that country music's biggest hits are all about the same silly shit, and talk about how Solomon will never truly be "Nashville" (although she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and what's more "Nashville" than that). "She must not have majored in comedy writing," says Scene staffer and Berklee alum Adam Gold.

Anyhow, some people think the song is funny. Do you?


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