Anyone paying close attention to pop music recently knows that New Zealand's 16 year old singer Lorde is a compelling phenomenon. Even more impressively, she is already setting chart records in the US after just three months on the charts. When "Royals" first roared into the top 10 of the alternative songs chart, Lorde was the first lead female to accomplish that feat since 1997. Now she has set an all-time record. Entering its sixth week at #1 on the alternative chart, "Royals" has now spent the longest at the top of any songs by solo females. The old record of five weeks was held by Alanis Morissette with her breakthrough hit "You Oughta Know" back in 1995. Meanwhile, "Royals" has now hit #1 on the rock songs chart, surged to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, and it is nearing sales of one million. The pop music world is collectively holding its breath waiting for the arrival of Lorde's first full-length album at the end of this month titled Pure Heroine.
- Profile of Lorde
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