March 19, 2014 12:28 PM

‘Royals’ singer Lorde is a teen phenom, but how long can she reign?

Lorde’s success is conspicuous for who she is and isn’t. Not a teen pop star appealing to girls going through puppy love or adolescent angst and heartache, she instead writes lyrics about issues with more gravitas: class and wealth, disaffection, privation, alienation and ennui. She performs Friday night at a sold-out Midland theater.

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