Top 5 Reasons We Love Lorde & Bio
Kiwi crooner Lorde has been shooting up the charts with her atmospheric-cool single "Royals," find out more about her (and why we love her) in Kidzworld's Top 5 Reasons We Love Lorde!
Sixteen-year-old New Zealand-native Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, has blown up the charts in her homeland as well as in the U.S. and overseas with her addictive single "Royals." The teen singer-songwriter first inked a development deal with a recording company at just 13-years-old - when she was just beginning to write and perform. Artistic talent runs in the family - her mother is a prize-winning poet. her first EP The Love Club was released digitally in 2012 and caught on like wildfire. She's the first New Zealand artist to have a number one song on the U.S. Billboard charts and she released her album Pure Heroine in 2013.
Top 5 Reasons We Love Lorde
No.5: Her Incredible, Uncontrollably Wavy Hair
In an age where lots of stars are polished and airbrushed, Lorde is embracing her natural curls.
No.4: She's a Bookworm
Its safe to say that good readers also make good writers - Lorde's lyrics are brimming with not only emotion, but complex humour and social commentary.
"I started writing songs when I was 13 or 14, because I've always been a huge reader. My mum's a poet and we've always had so many books, and that's always been a big thing for me, arguably more so than music."
No.3: Embraces Her Dark Side
Lorde is a minimalist in many ways, which you can tell from her unsmiling, simple (but powerful) publicity photos, but if you check out her interviews, or the music vid for her second single "Tennis Courts" where she's rocking some serious black makeup and clothing, you can tell she's one girl who's not afraid of the dark.
No.2: Her Name
Lorde revealed to interviewers that she loved stories about old aristocrats and their lives when she was younger - although now she's more likely to check up on the "new royalty" - celebs on TMZ and Perez Hilton. She chose the stage name Lorde because she wanted something "aristocratic but feminine."
No.1: Her Voice
Inspired by everything from alt-indie and electro pop to great soul artists like Otis Redding, Lorde's vocal styling are completely and unmistakably her own. A little bit jazz, a little bit pop, and a whole lot of weird and wonderful, we can't get enough of her voice.
Check out Lorde performing "Royals" live on KCRW below.
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