Lorde has reportedly parted ways with her manager Scott Maclachlan, the Auckland-based man who discovered her and was instrumental in guiding Ella Yelich-O'Connor's rise to international stardom as Lorde, according to the New Zealand Herald. The split reportedly took place about a month ago for reasons that are not yet known. It is also unclear who will manage the "Royals" singer going forward.
Lorde's photo has also been removed from the website of Maclachlan's company, Saiko Management, who reportedly made more than $2 million from its relationship with the singer. Machlachlan, Saiko Management and her label Universal Music have all declined to comment on the situation.
As the Herald points out, Maclachlan signed Yelich-O'Connor in 2008 after watching a video of her talent show performance.
"What stood out was her voice, incredible texture, incredible interpretation of the covers she was singing," Maclachlan told the Herald last year. "For someone that young to be able to interpret songs like that and make them her own, that's very, very rare."
Lorde is in the midst of writing her second studio album, and it seems as though she's finding some inspiration from Robyn. Earlier this month, the "Yellow Flicker Beat" singer posted a lengthy note on her tumblr about her love of music and revealed that "Dancing On My Own" has inspired her Pure Heroine follow-up.
"i thought about it for a while, thought about talking heads and fleetwood mac and nina simone, but the song that came out of my mouth was 'dancing on my own' by robyn," she worte. "This song, to me, is perfect. it's happy and sad, fiery and independent but vulnerable and small, joyous even when a heart is breaking. Eevery line is perfect, how that second verse ("stilettos and broken bottles / i'm spinning around in circles") stumbles perfectly into that bridge ("the lights go on, the music dies / ...i just came to say goodbye"), and final chorus. it's just perfect."