What's the deal with… Lorde?

Here's everything you need to know about the young Kiwi pop star

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Is that the (much) younger sister of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas?
Definitely not. Lorde is actually Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a 16-year-old pop singer from New Zealand who’s already notched up two Number Ones in her homeland. She’s cracked the States, too, with catchy new single ‘Royals’.

So is she a Kiwi Bieberette?

Not really. Her pop has an alt twist (think Marina And The Diamonds or Lana Del Rey). Lorde’s take on the charts – and especially bling-obsessed hip hop and R&B – is that it’s all ‘opulent’ but ‘bullshit’.

Girl keeps it real, then.
That’s kind of her thing. ‘Royals’ begins with the line ‘I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh,’ and the low-key video features the slightly grotty train station from Lorde’s hometown and the actual bored-looking teenage boys she hangs with. Her other super-catchy tune, ‘Tennis Court’…

Who calls a song ‘Tennis Court’?
It got her played by the BBC during Wimbledon at least. Lorde penned the hit in a moment of nostalgia for a court where she used to hang out.

Nostalgia? From a 16-year-old?
Well, Lorde is basically an old head on a young body, so maybe she has got something in common with Fergie after all…

The Bottom Line: Join in the chorus and praise the Lorde!

Read our review of Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' album

Lorde (rhymes with ‘scored’, not ‘bawdy’) is a hard one to pin down. She’s a 16-year-old singer-songwriter who, thanks to the brilliant ‘Royals’ already has a US Number One single to her name. But despite the success of ‘Royals’ and the fact she signed a record company development deal some three years ago, the word ‘precocious’ doesn’t suit this striking, dark-haired girl.

Read our full review of 'Pure Heroine'

Watch the video for 'Tennis Court'


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