Lorde on hitting Number One in America: 'It feels like Christmas!'

New Zealand singer-songwriter reveals in Stateside success

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New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde has said it "feels like Christmas" topping the US charts with her single 'Royals', making her the youngest artist to achieve the feat since 1987.

The track had been at Number Three in the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks, but replaced Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' at the top spot earlier this week.

Speaking to Billboard about the record breaking moment, Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) said: "It feels like a combination of my birthday, Christmas and washing my hair after a month of not doing so. [I'm] very, very grateful for everyone's love and kind words."

'Royals' has been a slow burning success, selling 294,000 downloads in America last week, but close to 1.9 million copies in total, reports Herald Sun. Lorde's 'The Love Club' EP stayed in the Top Five of the charts in her native New Zealand for five months.

Aged 16 years and 11 months, Lorde, who turns 17 on November 7, is the youngest solo artist to top the US charts since Tiffany, who took the top spot with 'I Think We're Alone Now' in 1987. She was 16 years and one month old at the time. The youngest person ever to top the US charts is Stevie Wonder, who was 13 when he hit Number One with 'Fingertips Pt 2' in 1963.

Lorde releases her debut full-length LP, 'Pure Heroine', on October 28. Speaking previously to NME about her desire to retain control over her music, she said: "Everything that's put out with my name on it should be representative of me and what i want to do as an artist, as opposed to what some dudes in a room think is going to make a lot of money."

The 'Pure Heroine' tracklisting is as follows:

'Tennis Court'
'400 Lux'
'Royals'
'Ribs'
'Buzzcut Season'
'Team'
'Glory And Gore'
'Still Sane'
'White Teeth Teens'
'A World Alone'

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