Teen sensation Lorde released smash hit ‘Royals’ three years ago, and she’s still only 20. Her debut album was produced by Universal’s Joel Little.
Lorde recently paid homage to the late Lou Reed, by saying in an interview that she rates ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Heroin’ as two songs that are pretty close to perfect.
Furthermore on Lou Reed, Lorde has said: “Lou Reed taught me that unflinching honesty is a very powerful tool in song writing.”
Lorde was signed to Universal Music after they heard her on a recording from a school talent contest singing Welsh star Duffy’s ‘Warwick Avenue’.
When Lorde wrote her hit song ‘Royals’ she says she drew inspiration from all the “ridiculous, unattainable opulence” found in music by artists like Lana Del Ray and Kanye West.
‘Pure Heroine’, Lorde’s first album released after her well-received EP ‘The Love Club’, has been described by some critics as “the album of a generation”.
Lorde recalls one of the first songs she wrote was a diss track to a girl in her year at school who had taken drugs and went off the rails. All for making light of her melodramatic problems she was not happy she had given her year a bad name.
Although Lorde criticizes Lana del Ray who promotes a larger than life lifestyle with references driving around in Bugatti’s, Lorde draws some comparisons with her vocally on song: ‘Beauty Queen’
Acknowledging the double meaning behind her album name ‘Pure Heroine’, Lorde said in an interview that she loved the name and that it summed up her music really well.
Not one to follow trends the ‘White Teeth Teens’ singer, Lorde let slip that ‘twerk queen’ Miley Cyrus, known to her younger fans as sweet alter ego: Hannah Montanna, is her favourite Disney actress.
Lorde seems to be a favourite of many Disney stars, including Selena Gomez who covered one of her songs on a past tour.
Lorde performed on BBC’s ‘Later with Jools Holland’ alongside Kanye. She described him as a “mellow dude”, contrary to some of his recent behaviour.
Despite suddenly shooting to fame, Lorde says the money and success will not affect her, especially if her dad has anything to do with it.
Lorde is the youngest artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Tiffany with ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ in 1987.
Lorde is the first female from New Zealand to achieve a billboard Hot 100 as no.1 artist since Gotye’s Kiwi Kimbra on ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Lorde’s no.1 song ‘Royals’ has been used in a global commercial for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartphone. The advert features children singing the song in the streets of Barcelona.
Lorde makes a stand with her music and had been doing so way before being a global artist. She told an interviewer that she loved to listen to Animal Collective because her Dad hated it. Which is as good a reason as any.
Although her song ‘Royals’ has only topped the chart in 2013, the 20 year-old has been signed to her label for eight years, since the tender age of 12.
Lorde was thrust onto the big stage to perform for the first time in 2013 after Frank Ocean pulled out of Australia’s Splendour in the Grass festival.
After the massive success of ‘Royals’ Lorde made her second appearance in the UK on the October 31 2013, when she performed at Vevo’s first ever Halloween Showcase.