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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)


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.

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Taylor Swift Brings Out Lorde, Has Stage Malfunction at Washington, D.C. Concert

July 14, 2015 06:22:14 GMT

keeps bringing out her besties during her ongoing "1989" tour. While making a stop in Washington, D.C. on Monday night, July 13, the country-turned-pop superstar sent the crowd at Nationals Park into a frenzy when she invited to the stage.

Taylor Swift's BFFs Ellie Goulding and Lorde Pictured Partying With Katy Perry

June 02, 2015 08:03:48 GMT

apparently landed in trouble after she was pictured hanging out with BFF 's nemesis . The British singer, who appeared in the former country star's "Bad Blood" music video, recently Instagrammed a photo of her partying with Swift's other famous pal and the "Roar" hitmaker only to remove it without clear explanation.

Lorde Getting Immortalized at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

May 14, 2015 04:37:33 GMT

Having pocketed two Grammys and had several hit singles, just earned another ultimate honor, a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. The wax museum in Hollywood unveiled the singer-songwriter's wax work in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 13. "Lorde was an enthusiastic participant" in the process, the museum said in a press release.

Taylor Swift and Lorde Shoot Down Fighting Reports

April 07, 2015 08:10:23 GMT

set the record straight about rumors that she's fighting with on her Twitter account on Monday, April 6. Later on the same day, Lorde shared the "Love Story" singer's tweet on her own Twitter and added a comment to the post.

Lorde Celebrates Two Years of Love With Boyfriend James Lowe

April 02, 2015 07:38:44 GMT

The love relationship of and boyfriend James Lowe turned two years old right on April Fools' Day and she marked the milestone with a heartfelt message on Instagram. "two years, and sandstorms, and the stars haven't left my eyes," so she captioned a photo of Lowe resting his left arm on her shoulder.

Azealia Banks Hates America, Calls Out Kanye, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and Lorde in Playboy

March 17, 2015 06:30:05 GMT

lashes out at America in an interview with Playboy Magazine's April issue. The "Ice Princess" rapper says she wants to leave the U.S. because she hates the country. "Yes! I hate everything about this country," she shares, "Like, I hate fat white Americans."

Kanye West and Lorde Spark Collaboration Rumor After Hanging Out in Paris

March 07, 2015 20:54:45 GMT

and created a buzz at Paris Fashion Week. Instead of arriving with his newly-blonde wife , the rapper was seen with the "Royals" hitmaker at the Cour Carree du Louvre attending the Christian Dior runway show.

Lorde Unveils Unreleased Track 'Lost Boys'

December 11, 2014 07:36:15 GMT

"Whilst trawling through [her] archives," found an unreleased song that was originally created for her debut album "". The New Zealand native then let her fans listen to the track called "Lost Boys" by posting it to her Tumblr on Wednesday, December 10.

Flight Attendant's Cover of 'Royals' Wins Praise From Lorde

November 29, 2014 04:27:21 GMT

This flight attendant knows how to keep people entertained during a flight. Robynn Shayne, who works for American Airlines, recently serenaded passengers with an amazing cover of 's "Royals" while in the air.

Diplo Continues Taylor Swift Twitter Feud, Calls Lorde a 'High School Student'

November 17, 2014 09:06:36 GMT

is continuing his feud with and . On Saturday, November 15, he retweeted Lorde's tweet, in which she mocked his manhood, along with his own commentary, which read, "The moment u realize she's a high school student."

Lorde Denies Criticizing Kim Kardashian's Booty Picture: I'm Complimenting Her

November 15, 2014 02:46:52 GMT

has clarified the comment she made after attempted to "break the internet" with her Paper magazine butt cover. People first assumed that the New Zealand native threw major shade at the reality TV star when she tweeted a link to the racy picture and captioned it, "mom."

Video: Lorde Covers Jeremih's 'Don't Tell 'Em'

November 14, 2014 03:05:02 GMT

played a cover of 's hit "Don't Tell 'Em" when she stopped by BBC Radio One's "Live Lounge" on Thursday, November 13. Accompanied by a band, the New Zealand native gave the club anthem a dark makeover while showing off her signature dance moves in the studio.

Lorde Fires Back at Diplo for Body-Shaming Taylor Swift

November 13, 2014 22:01:48 GMT

sticks up for her beastie over 's body-shaming comments on Twitter. After the DJ/producer boyfriend of took a dig at Taylor's booty, Lorde was quick to reply with an epic diss over his manhood.

Kanye West's Rework of Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' Arrives Online

November 11, 2014 08:21:53 GMT

It's recently revealed that hired to rework "Yellow Flicker Beat" which she created for the soundtrack of "". The new version titled "Flicker" is now here.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1' World Premiere Turns Fashion Affair

November 11, 2014 02:51:22 GMT

"" world premiere at London's Leicester Square was a fashion show on red carpet. , , and the rest of the film's cast made the affair posh with the selection of their outfits.

Selena Gomez and Imagine Dragons Tapped to Perform at 2014 American Music Awards

November 07, 2014 09:05:10 GMT

More performers for the 2014 American Music Awards were announced on Thursday, November 6. and are now among A-list musicians set to take the stage at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23.

Lorde Releases Dark 'Yellow Flicker Beat' Music Video

November 07, 2014 04:48:45 GMT

celebrated her 18th birthday by sharing the music video for "Yellow Flicker Beat". That's the original song she wrote and recorded for the highly-anticipated "" soundtrack which she curated.

Lorde Reveals Ariana Grande Contributes 'All My Love' to 'Mockingjay Part 1' Soundtrack

November 04, 2014 08:10:22 GMT

The mystery behind the unnamed song on the soundtrack of "" has been solved. Curator Lorde has finally revealed that the song is called "All My Love" and it was recorded by in collaboration with .

Lorde, Fergie and One Direction Added to 2014 American Music Award Line-Up

October 28, 2014 04:56:14 GMT

, Fergie and are the latest addition to the line-up of performers for the 2014 American Music Awards. They're all set to take the stage at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23.

Lorde-Curated 'Mockingjay' Soundtrack Features Charli XCX, Kanye West and More

October 22, 2014 02:56:46 GMT

The tracklist of "" soundtrack is out. Curated by , the soundtrack features contributions from , , , and among others.

Lorde and Miguel Featured on The Chemical Brothers' 'Mockingjay' Song 'This Is Not a Game'

October 21, 2014 02:50:07 GMT

last month released "Yellow Flicker Beat" for "" soundtrack which she also curates. The Kiwi singer now returns with a new song called "This Is Not a Game" for the highly-anticipated movie.

Lorde's 'Royals' Banned From San Francisco Radio Stations During World Series

October 20, 2014 03:06:03 GMT

San Francisco radio stations have banned 's hit single "Royals" from their playlist ahead of the 2014 World Series. Stations 104.5 KFOG and 96.5 KOIT have announced they won't be playing the song during the baseball championship which will see the city's Giants taking on the Kansas City Royals.

Lorde, Malala Yousafzai, Malia and Sasha Obama Among Time's 2014 Most Influential Teens

October 14, 2014 07:14:13 GMT

is among 25 nominees selected by Time magazine to be named The Most Influential Teens of 2014. Several of last year's nominees like , , , Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Malia Obama also made it to the list.

Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, Lorde Lead 2014 American Music Awards Nomination

October 13, 2014 22:49:40 GMT

Nominees for the 42nd annual American Music Awards are revealed. , , and dominate the pack. Australian femcee Iggy tops the list with six nods, Pharrell follows along with and with five each, and New Zealand singer Lorde gets four.

Video: Lorde, Pharrell, One Direction and More Cover The Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows'

October 08, 2014 01:52:21 GMT

A number of A-list musicians join forces to help promote the launch of BBC Music by covering a classic of . , , , and Beach Boys' own are among stars collaborating for a new version of 1966's "God Only Knows" that arrives along with its accompanying music video.

Report: Lorde Picks Grace Jonas, Diplo and Charli XCX for 'Mockingjay' Soundtrack

October 06, 2014 08:21:00 GMT

Earlier this year, it was announced that would curate the soundtrack of "". The New Zealand-born teen is now reported recruiting some of the best musicians in the game to sing tracks for the highly-anticipated film.

Lorde Debuts 'Yelow Flicker Beat' From 'Mockingjay' Soundtrack

September 30, 2014 01:56:31 GMT

Earlier this month, announced that she'd created a new song titled "Yellow Flicker Beat" for the soundtrack of "". After previewing its lyrics in some Instagram posts, the singer revealed the track in full on Monday, September 29.

Lorde Gets 'Teary' After Watching a Girl's Reaction to Surprise Tickets to Her Concert

September 26, 2014 01:53:55 GMT

This girl really loves . The 12-year-old girl was given one of the best surprises of her life when her parents unexpectedly bought her tickets to the singer's recent concert. Her reaction when finding out about the tickets was priceless. Her mom videotaped the moment and shared it on YouTube.

Lorde Announces New Song 'Yellow Flicker Beat' for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

September 23, 2014 04:46:33 GMT

A few months ago, it was announced that would provide an original song for the soundtrack of "" that she'd also curate. The singer has now revealed that the track she's recorded for the highly-anticipated movie will be called "Yellow Flicker Beat".

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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