Lorde reveals her first musical love was boyband Blue

Teenage singer-songwriter praises "innate catchiness" of 'One Love'

Lorde reveals her first musical love was boyband Blue

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Lorde has revealed one of her first musical loves were the British boyband Blue.

The group, comprised of Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Anthony Costa and Simon Webbe, were referenced by the teenage popstar behind the hit single 'Royals' during a new interview in The Observer.

Discussing Blue's 'One Love', Lorde says: "That was a gem. I was always drawn to songs with that innate catchiness."

'One Love' was released in 2002, when Lorde, now 17, was six years old. Her musical taste has changed in recent years and she now cites Kanye West and Jay Z's 'Watch The Throne' album as one of her major influences.

She admitted: "I look to Kanye for inspiration in a lot of things, and his ability to kind of reinvent and keep throwing curveballs with each record. He's able to keep things interesting, and keep people following him, after what has been quite a lengthy career."

It was recently announced that Lorde had signed a $2.5 million (£1.56m) publishing deal with Songs Music Publishing. The teenager, now 17, was originally handed a development deal by Virgin Records after the label saw a video of her performing at another school talent school.

Earlier this year, she released her debut album 'Pure Heroine', which reached Number Four in the Official UK Albums Chart, while her single 'Royals' topped the Official UK Singles Chart.

Earlier this month, Lorde performed at Tilda Swinton's birthday party, with guests including Karl Lagerfeld, David Bowie, Anna Wintour, Princess Eugenie and Sofia Coppola.

She also recently unveiled a preview of her cover for Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World', which features on the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

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