Already becoming the youngest artist to write all of her own material and top the U.S Billboard charts, Lorde’s debut single ‘Royals’ remained at #1 for an impressive 9 weeks, topping the charts in an additional 45 countries and selling 7.5 million copies across the globe.
In March, Lorde and her band will be embarking on a 16-date tour across North America which starts in Austin, Texas, making stops in New York City, Chicago, and Seattle.
On December 3rd, Lorde released the new video for her follow-up single ‘TEAM,’ which is also currently climbing the charts. The concept for the video was realized by Ella herself, as explained on her Facebook and Twitter: “(The video) was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.” ‘TEAM’ is currently the #1 greatest spin gainer on the Alternative Radio charts for 3 consecutive weeks now, and climbed to #4 on the iTunes Alternative Singles Chart.
Her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ has already topped most “Year End” lists, including Rolling Stone Magazine’s, who noted, “Lorde’s languidly aphoristic lyrics balance rock-star swagger and torqued-up teenage angst,” and The New York Times, who praised, “(Pure Heroine) commandeers those wide-open spaces with her lustrous voice and angel-choir harmonies carrying serious thoughts.”
On December 6th, Lorde performed live at the prestigious annual Grammy Nomination Concert and came away with an impressive 4 nominations, ‘Record of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album.’
Lorde, also known as Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, who recently turned 17-years-old back in September, is officially the youngest artist to top the chart since 1987. ‘Royals’ recently set a new record for “Longest #1 at Alternative Radio by a Female Artist” with a staggering seven weeks at the top. ‘Royals’ has held the #1 spot at Alternative and AAA radio for seven consecutive weeks, and it has become the #1 greatest gainer at Rhythmic and Hot AC formats. ‘Royals’ also soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart as well as #1 on the Alternative Songs Chart.