16-year-old singer Lorde is youngest person to score US Number One for 26 years

The New Zealand singer-songwriter has hit the top spot with 'Royals'

Hotly-tipped New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde has topped the US charts with debut hit ‘Royals’

The single had been at Number Three in the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks, but has now replaced Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ at the top spot. The song 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. Her ‘The Love Club’ EP stayed in the Top Five of the charts in her native New Zealand for five months.

On hearing the news, the Auckland teenager, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, tweeted, “get the fkouttahere. royals is NUMBER 1 on BILLBOARD in the USAAA.”


At 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, Lorde 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’
‘Buzzcut Season’
‘Glory And Gore’
‘Still Sane’
‘White Teeth Teens’
‘A World Alone’