Lorde real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor is a singer, songwriter and record producer born on 7th November 1996 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. Her hit single ‘Royals’ made her the youngest solo artist to achieve a number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.
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.
She was raised in the nearby suburb of Devonport, Auckland. At the age of five she joined a drama group and developed public speaking skills. She attended Vauxhall School and then Belmont Intermediate School in her early teens.
Lorde credits her mother as her lyrical influence as she encouraged her to read a range of genres. She also cites the young adult dystopian novel Feed by M.T. Anderson as well as authors J.D. Salinger, Raymond Carver and Janet Frame for influencing her songwriting.
Lorde and musician friend Louis McDonald won the Belmont Intermediate School annual talent show as a duo in May 2009. In 2009 Maclachlan signed her to UMG for development. Lorde was also part of the Belmont Intermediate School band Extreme; the band placed third in the North Shore Battle of the Bands finals at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland on 18 November 2009.
In 2010 Lorde and McDonald performed covers live on a regular basis as a duet called “Ella & Louis”, playing at The Leigh Sawmill Cafe on 15 August, at Roasted Addiqtion Cafe in Kingsland on 20 August, at The Vic Unplugged at Victoria Theatre, Devonport on 27 October, and at Devonstock in Devonport on 12 December. While working on her music career, she attended Takapuna Grammar School from 2010 to 2013, completing Year twelve. She later chose not to return in 2014 to finish Year thirteen.
In 2011, UMG hired vocal coach Frances Dickinson to give Lorde singing lessons twice a week for a year. During this time, she began writing songs and was set up with a succession of songwriters, but without success. At the age of fourteen, Lorde started reading short fiction and learned how to “put words together”.
On 16th November 2011 Lorde performed her own original songs publicly for the first time at The Vic Unplugged II on the Devonport Victoria Theatre main stage.
In December 2011, MacLachlan paired Lorde with Joel Little, a songwriter, record producer, and former Goodnight Nurse lead singer. The pair recorded five songs for an EP at Little’s Golden Age Studios in Morningside, Auckland, and finished within three weeks.
In November 2012 she released her EP, The Love Club through her SoundCloud account for free download. In March 2013 UMG commercially released the EP for sales. The EP peaked at number two on the record charts of New Zealand and Australia.
In September 2013 she released her debut studio album ‘Pure Heroine’ which topped the charts of New Zealand and Australia and reached the top five of several national charts, including Canada, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom. The album peaked number three on the Billboard 200 in the US. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
On 16th June 2017 her second album ‘Melodrama’ was released and received ‘universal acclaim’ from critics.At the end of 2017, many publications placed Melodrama at the top spot of their respective year-end lists. It was also awarded the NME Album of the Year. Metacritic, which collates reviews of music albums, named Melodrama the third best-reviewed album of 2017. It also received a nomination for Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.
In June 2013 ‘Royals’ was released as a single from the EP. It was a hit peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. The song made Lorde the youngest solo artist to achieve a number-one single in the US since Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” (1987). The song won the 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award, and two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
In early 2014 Lorde embarked on an international tour, to promote The Love Club EP and Pure Heroine, the first leg of which was held in North America.She later announced the Australian leg, held in July, and the second North American leg, held in August.
On 1 August 2014, she performed at Lollapalooza again in Grant Park, Chicago. Lorde’s set was critically well received, with Billboard selecting it as the fifth-best performance of the festival, while
Rolling Stone deemed it the best segment of the Chicago event.
In late 2017 she embarked on an international tour to promote her album, Melodrama, he first leg of which was held in Europe with Khalid as supporting act. She later announced the North American leg, held in March 2018, with Run the Jewels, Mitski and Tove Styrke as the opening acts.
In the late 2013 she began dating James Lowe, a photographer.They split in January 2016 after three years of dating.
Her mother, Sonja Yelich, is a poet whose mother was born to Croatian immigrants from the region of Dalmatia, while her father is of Irish descent. Her father, Vic O’Connor, is a civil engineer. She has three
siblings, two sisters Jerry and India and a bother Angelo.
- She was born on7th November 1996 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand (21 years as at 2017)
Lorde Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $12 million. In January 2016, Lorde purchased a $2.84 million home in Herne Bay, Auckland.
- Green Light
- Tennis Court
- Yellow Flicker Beat
- Perfect Places
- Everybody Wants to Rule the World
- Buzzcut Season
- The Louvre
- Writer In The Dark
- Glory and Gore
- Hard Feelings/Loveless
- A World Alone
- 400 Lux
- The Love Club
- White Teeth Teens
- Swingin Party
- Homemade Dynamite
- Still Sane
- No Better
- Million Dollar Bills
- Biting Down
- Ladder Song
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