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Lorde

Lorde

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Famous as :

Pop singer, songwriter

Birth Name :

Ella Yelich-O'Connor

Birth Date :

November 07, 1996

Birth Place :

Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

Claim to fame :

Single "Royals" (2013)

Biography


Amidst a world of calculating contest winners, manufactured show ponies and cheap knock offs - Lorde is a true original. Born Ella Yelich-O'Connor on 7 November 1996 in Auckland's North Shore, Lorde listened to the likes Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths and Nick Drake, alongside soul artists such as Etta James and Otis Redding when she's growing up. With a mother who is a celebrated poet herself, she became quite familiar with the likes of T.S.Eliot, Ezra Pound, Allan Ginsberg, Raymond Carver and Sylvia Plath.

Lorde spent much of her early life working with Universal to develop her sound and artistic vision. She was spotted at the age of 12 by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan and later signed to Universal at the age of 13 and began working with songwriters at 14. "I started writing songs when I was 13 or 14 because I've always been a huge reader. My mum's a poet and we've always had so many books, and that's always been a big thing for me, arguably more so than music," she said.

Latest News


Lorde and One Direction Rock iHeartRadio Music Festival

September 21, 2014 15:23:37 GMT

iHeartRadio Music Festival continued Saturday, September 20 with live performances from household names in music industry like and . The former performed her hits like "Royals" and "Team", and the latter entertained the crowd with their chart toppers such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Best Song Ever".
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Report: Kanye West to Record a Collaboration With Lorde

September 19, 2014 04:23:58 GMT

's collaboration with is coming. Sources told Page Six that the rapper would be hitting the studio with the New Zealand-born star after he wrapped up the Australian leg of his "Yeezus" tour and returned to Los Angeles with wife and daughter North West earlier this week.
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Lorde Teases New Music With a Photo From the Studio

September 03, 2014 07:17:21 GMT

While many people were out enjoying the last days of summer last weekend, worked on her new music in the studio. She recently teased her new project with an Instagram picture of a candle standing against the soundboard taken during a recording session.
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MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Drake, Lorde Added to Winner List

August 25, 2014 03:02:03 GMT

More winners have been announced at the MTV Video Music Awards, which is currently underway at the Forum in California. Rapper graced the stage and made a speech about the recent incident in Ferguson before calling for a moment of silence in honor of Michael Brown.
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Lorde to Curate and Release New Song for New 'Hunger Games' Movie's Soundtrack

August 01, 2014 02:00:54 GMT

will make a big contribution to the soundtrack of "". It was announced on Thursday, July 31 that the New Zealand singer would have the first single from the highly-anticipated movie and she'd also hand-pick the artists for the soundtrack album.
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Lorde's Parents Got Engaged in Niagara Falls

June 18, 2014 00:32:00 GMT

shared happy news on Monday, June 16, saying she had finally seen "a diamond in the flesh." Her parents, Vic O'Connor and Sonja Yelich, got engaged after 30 years together.
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Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande Among Performers at 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

June 16, 2014 05:10:22 GMT

was a performer at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards, which took place at MuchMusic HQ in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday, June 15. Appearing on the stage in dark-colored outfit and a hat, the New Zealand native kicked off her set with the live rendition of her "Tennis Court".
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Iggy Azalea Denies Feuding With Lorde Following Nirvana Tribute Criticism

June 10, 2014 09:11:43 GMT

Rumors about feuding with emerged after the former criticized the latter's tribute to and its late frontman at the Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year. The Australian raptress has now taken to Twitter to deny the false reports and slam the media.
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Iggy Azalea: Lorde's Nirvana Tribute Is Not 'Appropriate'

June 07, 2014 02:42:45 GMT

is not a fan of 's tribute to and the late at the Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year. The Australian raptress, who graces the cover of Billboard's latest issue, says in an interview with the magazine that the performance was "inappropriate."
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Lorde Unveils Dates for North American Fall Tour

June 03, 2014 01:48:26 GMT

is returning to the U.S. for a new round of her tour later this year. After selling out her 16 North American shows back in March, the New Zealand teen announces a string of new tour dates scheduled for this fall.
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Billboard Music Awards 2014: Lorde, Katy Perry Added to Winner List

May 19, 2014 02:22:29 GMT

More winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been revealed. Following a performance by winner , who wowed the crowd with the live version of "Tiptoe", nabbed the Top Country Artist award.
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Lorde Slams Paparazzo for 'Stalking' Her

May 05, 2014 04:01:52 GMT

calls out a paparazzo who allegedly has been taking photos of her. The New Zealand native took to Twitter on Saturday, May 3 to accuse a man called Simon Runting of stalking her. "This man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. I am scared of him. He frequents central akl (Auckland)," she tweeted, attaching a photo of the man in the post.
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Dave Grohl: Lorde's 'Royals' Gives Me Hope for My Kids and the Future of Pop Music

April 26, 2014 04:15:31 GMT

has admitted that he's a fan of . In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the drummer had nothing but kind words for the New Zealand teen and praised her for making fresh and smart music that his children could listen to.
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Lorde Delays Australian Tour Due to 'Chest Infection'

April 22, 2014 08:36:22 GMT

has been forced to scrap her Australian tour after she fell ill. According to a statement released by tour promoter on Monday, April 21, the New Zealand singer was ordered to return to her homeland for "immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year."
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Lorde Meets 'Royals' Inspiration George Brett

April 17, 2014 03:38:33 GMT

finally meets baseball star George Brett who served as inspiration behind her hit song "Royals". The New Zealand native met the former Kansas City Royals third baseman at her concert in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 15.
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Nirvana Joined by Joan Jett and Lorde to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

April 11, 2014 07:31:14 GMT

At last, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10. After an introduction by 's vocalist Michael Stipe, Nirvana's surviving members, and Krist Novoselic, took turn to deliver their acceptance speeches.
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Imagine Dragons, Lorde Dominate 2014 Billboard Music Award Nominations

April 10, 2014 03:34:33 GMT

The nominees of this year's Billboard Music Awards were announced on Wednesday, April 9. Rock band , who's been enjoying the success of their "" album, leads the pack with 12 nods in categories including Top Artist, Top Duo/Group and Top Rock Artist.
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Lorde Shares Photo of Blemished Skin, Says 'Flaws Are OK'

April 01, 2014 07:26:08 GMT

wants to encourage fans to feel confident with their looks. The Kiwi singer took to Twitter on Monday, March 31 to share two contrasting photos of her. One photo has been digitally altered so that her acne-troubled skin looks perfect, while the other part is the one without editing.
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Lorde's Boyfriend Opens Up About Their Relationship and Being Cyber-Bullied

March 28, 2014 00:28:34 GMT

's boyfriend James Lowe revealed a lot about himself and what it's like to be in relationship with one of the most popular singers in the world. In a blog post, the 24-year-old photographer addressed the cyber-bullying that they experienced regarding his look and ethnicity when he was first revealed as her boyfriend.
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Lorde Slams Reporter for Asking Her Boyfriend If They're Engaged

March 17, 2014 08:25:23 GMT

has shot down speculations whether she is engaged to her boyfriend James Lowe. The "Royals" singer took to Twitter on Sunday, March 16 to slam a celebrity news site for sending an e-mail to Lowe to ask if they are engaged.
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Lorde Turned Down Offer to Support Katy Perry's Tour

March 14, 2014 07:06:38 GMT

once asked to join her upcoming "Prismatic" tour as a supporting act. However, the New Zealand native turned down the offer because she wanted to be "independent" by headlining her own shows.
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Lorde Reacts to Taylor Swift Lesbian Joke During Radio Show

March 11, 2014 07:18:17 GMT

reacted to rumor about her relationship with during a recent radio show. The "Royals" singer had a phone interview with The Kyle & Jackie Show on Australia's KIIS 1065 radio station on Monday, March 10 when the host asked her about Swift. "Are you bringing your new bestie, Taylor Swift?" Kyle Sandilands asked, referring to the 17-year-old singer's New York concert.
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Bruce Springsteen's Cover of 'Royals' Brings Lorde to Tears

March 07, 2014 08:10:02 GMT

covered 's smashing hit "Royals" when he brought his tour to Auckland, New Zealand last week. The 17-year-old songstress, who was in Austin, Texas for her own tour when she heard of the news, admitted that she cried after learning of the Boss' musical tribute.
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Bruce Springsteen Plays Amazing Cover of Lorde's 'Royals' During New Zealand Concert

March 03, 2014 03:21:24 GMT

has been covering classic hits by several musicians during his ongoing tour Down Under. When making a stop in Auckland, New Zealand, over the weekend, the Boss excited fans with the cover of a more recent hit.
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Lorde Hints at Collaboration With BFF Taylor Swift

February 21, 2014 04:40:08 GMT

and BFF may work together for new music in the future. The New Zealand-born singer/songwriter talked about a possible collaboration with the pop/country star in an interview with U.K.'s Capital FM.
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Video: Beyonce Debuts 'XO', Lorde Collaborates With Disclosure at the BRIT Awards

February 20, 2014 02:59:33 GMT

was one of the musicians who performed at the BRIT Awards. The diva took the stage at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday night, February 19 to deliver the first live television performance of her hit single "XO".
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Lorde Rants About Fame on Twitter: 'Success Comes With a Price Tag'

January 29, 2014 07:43:16 GMT

apparently is upset after she and her family were swarmed by photographers at a New Zealand airport. The 17-year-old singer landed at the airport on Tuesday, January 28 after she attended the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday. An incident apparently happened while many photographers and excited fans welcomed her following her wins at the biggest show in music industry.
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Grammy Awards 2014: 'Royal' Is Song of the Year, 'Get Lucky' Is Named Record of the Year

January 27, 2014 04:11:11 GMT

took home the Song of the Year trophy at the 2014 Grammy Awards. At the event which took place on Sunday, January 26, the 17-year-old singer earned the prize with her song "Royals" after edging out other works such as "Just Give Me a Reason", "Locked Out of Heaven", "Roar" and "Same Love". Record of the Year award, meanwhile, was received by with "Get Lucky" featuring & Nile Rodgers.
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Grammy Awards 2014: Lorde's 'Royals', Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's 'Holy Grail' Take Awards

January 27, 2014 02:53:06 GMT

Following a series of performances by and among others, and were out to present Best Rock Song at the 56th annual Grammy Awards which took place on Sunday, January 26. A trophy for the category went to , Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear's "Cut Me Some Slack". Other songs which were included in the category were ' "Doom And Gloom", Gary Clark Jr.'s "Ain't Messin 'Round", 's "God Is Dead?" and 's "Panic Station".
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The 10 Hottest New Music Acts of 2013

December 31, 2013 09:36:48 GMT

2013 was probably one of the best years in music industry. The competition among musicians got tougher by days as new artists joined the fold and made the game more interesting. Showing off their talents, they're challenging the success of their seniors. With the year over and a new one just about to begin, AceShowbiz picks 10 hottest new acts of 2013 that fans hope will shine even brighter in the coming years.
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