Demand for a new video from Kiwi pop sensation Lorde was so high it crashed the YouTube page it was being hosted on.

The video, for the North Shore star's latest single Team, was loaded on Vevo's YouTube page at 10am today, but was unable to be viewed, with the message "please try again later" greeting viewers.

Lorde took to Twitter to comment on the situtation, asking fans to stop trying to watch the clip all at once.

i think you're all overloading the video... let it breathe! hehe

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The lack of availability didn't stop people from "liking" the clip, with it gaining more than 1000 thumbs up on YouTube within half an hour. It also had 65 "dislikes".

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In a Facebook post to accompany the video, Lorde said the idea for the clip came to her in a dream.

"This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen," she wrote.

"I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn't need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. Enjoy."

Team is the follow-up single to Royals, which has spent nine weeks on top of the US Billboard charts.

Watch the video for Team below (once it stops crashing):

Teen singing sensation Lorde has surprised students from her old school with a visit to judge its annual talent quest. The 17-year-old - real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor - performed in the same competition at Belmont Intermediate on Auckland's North Shore when she was 12. Her Belmont Idol performance of Warwick Avenue by Duffy was later shown to Universal Music representatives and she was signed to the label. Earlier this week the Royals singer, along with golfer Lydia Ko, topped the list of Time magazine's most influential teenagers in the world.

- nzherald.co.nz