George Michael's Estate Reacts to Lorde's 'Solar Power' Over 'Freedom! '90' Comparisons

Wednesday June 23, 2021

British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction in 2012.
British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction in 2012.  (Source:AP Photo/Francois Mori)

George Michael's estate commented on Lorde's "Solar Power," her first single in four years, after fans quickly pointed out that it bears similarities to the late out pop star's 1990 hit "Freedom! '90", Pitchfork reports.

Last week, the George Michael Estate released a statement on the artist's website, giving the song and the singer their blessing.

"We are aware that many people are making a connection between 'Freedom '90' by George Michael and 'Solar Power' by Lorde which George would have been flattered to hear," the statement reads. "So on behalf of one great artist to a fellow artist, we wish her every success with the single."

Co-produced with Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, The Chicks), "Solar Power" also drew comparisons to the lesser-known '90s song "Loaded" by the British rock band Primal Scream.

In an interview, Lorde said the group's frontman, Bobby Gillespie, also gave her his blessing.

"I had never heard Primal Scream in my life, I'd been told to check them out," she told Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1. "I wrote the song on the piano and then we realized, it sounds a lot like 'Loaded.' It's just one of those crazy things that like, they just were the spiritual forebears of the song. I reached out to Bobby and he was so lovely about it — he was like, 'These things happen, you caught a vibe that we caught years ago.' And he gave us his blessing. So let the record state: 'Loaded' is 100% the original blueprint for this, but we arrived at it organically. And I'm glad we did."

The group later tweeted that they love "Solar Power":

Lorde, who broke the internet with her risqué album cover, recently announced her third LP, also called "Solar Power," will be out on August 20.

Revisit the "Solar Power" music video as well as "Freedom '90" and "Loaded" below: