Lorde breaks her 3-year social media hiatus to encourage fellow New Zealanders to vote — and hints at new music next year

Summary List PlacementLorde shared a nine-photo Instagram Story on Wednesday after nearly three years of inactivity on social media.

The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, encouraged her fellow New Zealanders to vote in the upcoming general election, which will determine the membership of the country’s parliament.

“We know we live in a special place,” she wrote. “And adding all of our voices to the conversation, speaking up for communities or organizations that mean something to us — that’s what helps keep it that way.”

After encouraging New Zealanders to learn about the election’s two referendums, she added: “This was honestly incredible difficult to format and I hope you can repay me with the humble act of VOTING.”

“Do it for our beautiful country and for me. And next year I’ll give you something in return.”

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Lorde’s name immediately began trending on Twitter, as many fans took this to mean that she’s preparing to release new music in 2021. 

Others simply rejoiced that the beloved artist finally resurfaced online. Back in August, fans jokingly celebrated Lorde’s 1,000th day of inactivity on Twitter. (Her last Instagram post, before she archived most photos, was shared in April 2018 — over 900 days ago.)

Lorde even winked at her own absence, writing in her last post: “Of course I make a motherf—ing typo in my first story in forever. No I’m not fixing it. Sue me!!!”

“Did you miss this chaotic energy on instagram? Probably not,” she concluded, adding: “Miss you. Speak soon. You know what to do.” 

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Lorde’s most recent release, 2017’s “Melodrama,” was nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards and ranked among the best albums of the decade.

She has conceded very few details about her highly anticipated third album.

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