Lorde says Kanye West is like her ''school principal''.

The 'Royals' hitmaker has admitted she looks up to the 37-year-old rapper like a school teacher who has taught her everything she knows about pop music.

She told The Guardian: ''(He's) like my school principal, if the school is pop.''

The 17-year-old singer has also revealed that Kanye inspired her to have confidence in herself and doesn't care that people think she is arrogant.

She explained: ''I like making grand statements. The name Lorde is quite grand and a little bit arrogant. I like that, I like the intensity of it.

''I don't mind. I'm a really big fan of Kanye West. He's confident and I like that.''

Meanwhile, the Grammy Award-winner - who shot to fame after releasing her debut album 'Pure Heroine' in 2013 - has revealed her follow-up album will have a ''different vibe''.

She previously told the BBC: ''I think I've learned so much as a songwriter, there's going to be so much of an improvement because of that. I'm working on stuff quite tentatively, it's definitely still at the beginning and yeah, it's totally different.''

She added: ''I wrote the last album about that world which was the suburb where I grew up and populated by my friends and people who were really familiar to me. Now I'm in a different place every day and I'm with new people every day and it's a different vibe.''