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Lorde takes on James Blake's Retrograde

The legendary kiwi songstress has appeared on Triple J's Like a Version, with her cover of British artist James Blake's Retrograde.

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New Zealand's pop warrior princess Lorde continued to intrigue, divide and compel music fans in Sydney today, bravely covering one of the in-crowd's favourite songs of 2013, Retrograde, by Brit critic's darling James Blake on Triple J's Like a Version segment.

On social media Lorde's passionate effort got a mixed response from a fussy Triple J audience. On Facebook fans bickered that it was everything from sensational, impressive and beautiful to boring, horrible and a "discredit" [sic] to Blake.

The British electro star's song came in at number 13 in the recent Hottest 100, while Lorde had three songs in the top 20 including the number two spot for her Grammy award-winning song, Royals.

Some Facebook feedback on Lorde's <i>Like a Version</i>.

Some Facebook feedback on Lorde's Like a Version.

Life has been a rollercoaster for Lorde of late, with the highs of the Grammy Awards - where she won three of the music world's biggest awards - only to then return home to a media scrum in Auckland that prompted angry tweets from the 17-year-old, including one criticising the "lecherous gaze" she felt the subject of.

Former Kiwi TV personality Charlotte Dawson then advised her to leave New Zealand to escape the "vicious" media. Everything from her age to her choice of boyfriend has been has been digested and dissected and her music has even parodied on the web (surely a sign of uber super stardom).

Now New Zealand music's high priest, Neil Finn, has agreed with Dawson, telling The Guardian, she should relocate overseas because the pressure was becoming too "intense".

"[Attention on her] keeps reaching this new critical mass and now, with winning two Grammys, I think it's getting pretty intense," Finn said. In the past week she has turned in entrancing performances atop the St Jerome's Laneway festival bill around Australia.

Next stop for her will be singing at a major race meet in Baltimore, in May, where the Maryland jockey club president Tom Chuckas said she might well be "the next Madonna or Lady Gaga".

Triple J's Like a Version host, Alex Dyson, acknowledged the huge pressures on the young Kiwi this morning, asking if she was considering writing songs about how her life had changed in the past 12 months.

"Totally, what I'm going through is so abnormal and I feel like a lot of people at my level don't really write about it because a lot of what we do is boring," Lorde said on air. "So it's interesting to write about the weird little details of what I do."

It seems the world is watching and listening to Lorde, and it shouldn't be lost that right now she is choosing to entertain Australia. But she must be craving the relative anonymity she will find singing to racegoers in the US.