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At just 16 years old, New Zealand pop singer Ella Yelich-O’Connor—d.b.a. Lorde—captured the top of the pop charts with the smart and wise-beyond-her-years single “Royals,” where she trashes modern pop and hip-hop’s obsession with materialism in favor of a world of love, friendship, and ideas. It’s the best Morrissey song he never wrote. Whether she lives up to this altruistic worldview remains to be seen, considering how quickly she’s caught on with the mainstream. Her earlier The Love Club EP primed audiences for what they’d be hearing, but nothing could prepare one for the actual excitement of her debut album’s best cuts. Sure, comparisons to Lana Del Rey are inevitable; both share a coolly detached vocal delivery. But Lorde’s co-conspirator/producer/writer Joel Little ensures that songs like “Tennis Court,” “Ribs," and “Buzzcut Season” never lose their way. This is sharp, inspired pop music that knows how much fun it can be to play up to type and then spin things on their heads for a new conclusion.

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Lorde is one of those quirky, unique, and brilliantly subversive young artists that come around every few years to blow us away with their raw talent and incredible musical passion. At just 16 years old, the New Zealand native has already found some surprising success in "Royals," an irresistibly moody and majorly relevant anti-fame anthem that's literally unlike anything ever featured on mainstream radio. It's clear that this girl wants to bring music back in a way that's personal and real (not artificial and manufactured). And that's exactly the kind of quality she delivers on terrific songs like "Ribs" and "Tennis Court." But my favorite track of hers thus far has got to be "Team," a melodically gorgeous pop production with a minimalist beat, gleaming synths, and wise-beyond-her-years lyricism. This is seriously the kind of fresh, unmistakable talent that truly shouldn't be left ignored, and I'm so glad that it hasn't. Lorde is an incredible diamond in the rough in an industry crowded with generic pop stars and redundant club tunes, and I just know that her highly anticipated debut, "Pure Heroine," will easily end up standing out as one of the year's best albums. Just you watch.

Something fresh finally

Nice to finally hear some meaningful lyrics. Can't stand the stuff that's being churned out in the US nowadays. Good work Lorde.


The only problem is that I pre-ordered and never got team:(


Born: November 7, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Employing a stylish mix of arty, confessional bedroom pop and club-ready electro-rock that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Grimes, Lana Del Rey, and Sky Ferreira, New Zealand singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who goes by the stage name Lorde, became an Internet sensation at the age of 16 with the video for her debut single, "Royals," which garnered over 750,000 hits on YouTube. Her 2013 debut EP, The Love Club, hit the number one spot on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. The...
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