Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about her!
1. Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor was born 7 November 1996 in Takapuna.
2. Her parents are Vic O’Connor, a civil engineer, and Sonja Yelich, a poet, on 7 November 1996.
3. She was raised in the nearby suburb of Devonport with her two sisters, Jerry and India, and her brother, Angelo.
4. At age five, she joined a drama group and developed public speaking skills.
5. At that same time, Lorde was attending Vauxhall School and later Belmont Intermediate School.
6. Her mother encouraged her to read a range of genres.
7. Lorde played netball at a young age alongside Vauxhall classmate Eliza McCartney, who later became an Olympic bronze medallist in the pole vault.
8. In her early teens, she signed with Universal Music Group and was later paired with songwriter and record producer Joel Little, who has co-written and produced most of Lorde’s works.
9. Her first major release, The Love Club EP, was released commercially in March 2013. The EP reached number two on the national record charts in both New Zealand and Australia.
10. In mid-2013, Lorde released her debut single “Royals”. It became an international crossover hit and made Lorde the youngest solo artist (and the only New Zealander) to achieve a US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.
11. In late 2013, she released her debut studio album, Pure Heroine. The record topped the national charts in New Zealand and Australia and reached number three on the US Billboard 200.
12. Its following singles included “Tennis Court”, “Team”, “No Better” and “Glory and Gore”. In 2014, Lorde released “Yellow Flicker Beat” as a single from the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
13. Lorde’s music consists of subgenres such as dream pop and indietronica.
14. She has earned two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award and ten New Zealand Music Awards. In 2013, she was named among Time’s most influential teenagers in the world, and in the following year, she was part of Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list.
15. In June 2014, Lorde released a two-piece make-up limited edition collection in collaboration with MAC Cosmetics, consisting of a lipstick titled after her debut album, Pure Heroine, and an eyeliner.
16. She filmed a video for the Electoral Commission to encourage voter turnout of young people at the 2014 New Zealand general election, despite being too young to vote at the time.
17. On 13 May 2015, a wax figure of Lorde was introduced to the Madame Tussauds Hollywood.
18. Her career and the influence of the music industry were parodied in the episodes ″The Cissy″ and “#REHASH” of South Park (season 18, episode 3 and 9; broadcast in October and December 2014). That role was also used in other episode of the same season.
19. Lorde chose her stage name because she was fascinated with “royals and aristocracy”. However, she felt the name Lord was too masculine, thus she added an “e” to make it more feminine.