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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." Her 2013 debut EP, The Love Club, hit the number one spot on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. The New Zealander continued her meteoric rise to fame in 2013 with a growing fan base and began sessions for her debut album, Pure Heroine, with producer Joel Little. Released that September, the album was a major success and extended her global reach. Lorde was awarded a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance, while "Royals" also took the award for Song of the Year. "Yellow Flicker Beat," granted to the soundtrack Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1, was released as a single in 2014. ~ James Christopher Monger
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November 7, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand