Lorde of the Kiwis

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Photo: Billboard.com

Lorde’s debut single, “Royals”, has been number one on the Billboard top 100 charts for the past six weeks. The latest export from New Zealand has been on the music charts for 18 straight weeks.

The 17 year-old from Auckland, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is a singer-songwriter whose single has been already been played over 9 million times on SoundCloud.

She’s outspoken and sassy, and on more than one occasion has made controversial comments on the lifestyles of fellow pop-stars, to the applause or derision of the public. The lyrics of her hit single certainly tells her views:

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.

Perhaps she has such a large following because the listening public are also fed up with hearing about pop-stars singing about their bling. Perhaps it’s her soulful, smoky sound.

But whether or not you share her personal viewpoints, she has an undeniable vocal talent that’s not always present in the pop music industry these days.

Her debut album, “Pure Heroine”, was released in the US on September 30, 2013, and already there are calls for “Best New Artist” for next year’s Grammy Awards. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Lorde in years to come.

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