The Rise and Rise of Lorde

Can you believe that Lorde has only just turned 18!?

The New Zealand artist, born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, celebrated her birthday over the weekend. And how did the teenage sensation do it? By releasing a music video to her track “Yellow Flicker Beat,” a song that was written for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Not only that, she’s also curating the entire soundtrack!

Last year was one hell of a ride for this superstar. She released her debut single, her first EP, and her first album. Her single “Royals” became an international number 1 without any fancy marketing and publicity, and gave her the cred of being the youngest solo artist to achieve a US number 1 since 1987.

Riding high on the success of “Royals,” Lorde’s album Pure Heroine hit number 1 in Australia and New Zealand, and number 3 in the US.

She stepped in and replaced the void left by a sick Frank Ocean who pulled out of Australia’s music festival Splendor in the Grass and made the bill at this year’s Coachella festival in Palm Springs.

Lorde has been named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by Time, made her way into Forbes“30 Under 30” list, and was named Billboard’s “The New Queen of Alternative.”

As for the awards…well… She has won four New Zealand Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, one Brit Award, one MTV Video Music Award, and three World Music Awards. Notably, her MTV Video Music Award meant she was the first woman to ever win for Best Rock Video.

Lorde is also not shy to share her feminist beliefs and slammed a publication who Photoshopped photos of her. In her corresponding tweet she says, “I find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. Remember flaws are OK.”



We love Lorde because she is a real girl who is honest, talented, and has a mom who posts cute baby pics of her on Instagram on her birthday!


Title image source: James Klowe via Facebook


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