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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.

Latest News

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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