Sony leaks: Lorde great, Lady Gaga "lame"

KIWI singing sensation Lorde features in the latest drop of leaked Sony emails with a company boss comparing her favourably to a "lame" Lady Gaga.

In an email written a month before Lorde won two Grammy Awards in January 2014, the company's head of motion pictures Doug Belgrad said Lorde would be a "cool" choice to perform the Spiderman soundtrack.

In the hacked email, with the subject line "Lorde is cool", Mr Belgrad told vice president Amy Pascal the rising star should be considered to sing vocals for the blockbuster movie sequel.

Sony executives had just learned Rihanna was not interested in the role and were looking for a replacement.

Another artist Mr Belgrad considered was English songstress Ellie Goulding. But Mr Belgrad was uncertain about her fan base.

One big name star excluded from the mix was Lady Gaga with Belgrad calling her "too lame" after cult South African band Die Antwoord spoofed her in a video.

The movie moguls eventually decided on Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar to perform Pharrell's "It's On Again".

Nine months after the email, Lorde had curated the soundtrack for blockbuster film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The cache of leaked emails also showed Pascal describing Kiwi film director Sir Peter Jackson as one of the "most controlling film makers in the world" over side-stepping plans to develop Oscar-nominated District 9 into a television series.

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