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Growing Up In New Zealand:

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, was born in Auckland, New Zealand November 7, 1996. Her father is a civil engineer, and she was raised by a stay at home mom. Her mother is also a poet which influenced her efforts to write song lyrics. Lorde has been singing most of her life, but she just began writing songs at the age of 13 and performed in a school talent show where she was noticed by a record company representative.

Recording Contract:

Lorde was signed to an artist development contract with Universal at the age of 13. She continued to write her own songs while working on the quality of her vocals. Lorde does not play an instrument and focuses instead on her singing. She has worked in the studio with New Zealand songwriter and producer Joel Little. He is the lead singer of the punk pop pand Goodnight Nurse. Lorde initially released her debut EP The Love Club for free online in November 2012 to encourage a wide audience to listen to her music. The song "Royals" from the EP hit #1 on the New Zealand pop singles chart in March 2013.

Review of Lorde's Music:

Success Of "Royals":

Lorde's second New Zealand single "Tennis Court" was released in June 2013 and used for BBC Wimbledon Championship TV coverage. The song became her second #1 pop hit in New Zealand. "Royals" first reached US charts when it debuted on the alternative songs chart in late June. By the end of August it was #1. "Royals" quickly crossed over to become a hit on the pop singles chart as well entering the top 10 in September. Lorde played her first US concert on August 6, 2013 in New York City. Her first full-length album Pure Heroine is slated for a September 30, 2013 release in the US.
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