Lorde’s Single “Tennis Court” Debuts at Pop Radio After All

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Keeping true to a promise she made last September, Lorde will finally give her critically acclaimed song “Tennis Court” its “time in the sun.”

Label Republic Records confirmed that the song, as per its original plan, will this week impact Top 40 radio as the third pop single from the singer-songwriter’s platinum-selling “Pure Heroine.”

Initially pegged as the follow-up to “Team,” “Tennis Court” was put on standby when inclusion in the Winter Olympics broadcast and a high-profile campaign for the “Vikings” television show gave fellow “Pure Heroine” track “Glory and Gore” a prominent position on the pop culture radar (and on the iTunes Single Sales chart).

In the wake of that eruption of interest, Republic announced that “Glory and Gore”–not “Tennis Court”–would be the next Lorde song shipped to alternative and pop radio.

Indeed, “Glory and Gore” was issued to alternative radio earlier this spring. Not the instant, smash hit many expected given the song’s buzz and Lorde’s credibility, the song is nonetheless steadily rising at the format. According to Mediabase, it was alt radio’s 14th-most-played song for the seven days ending April 20.

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