November 19, 2013 via Pepsi
Lorde: Five Things To Know
Whether you know it or not you have undoubtedly heard Lorde in the last few months. From the club, to the radio, and all down the aisles of the grocery store her #1 single “Royals” has taken over the music world. It might seem like she’s suddenly one of the biggest faces in pop music, but really she’s a fresh face in the industry. With a number one hit that helped her kick major stars like Katy Perry, Robin Thicke and Rihanna down a few spots on the Billboard Hot 100, the young singer is poised to be the next big thing in pop. So just who is Lorde? In case someone brings her up at a party, we created this five-point guide that’ll turn you into a Lorde expert in no time. Following up the release of her debut album, here are the five things you need to know about the breakout sensation.
Her single “Royals” is hotter than the sun. Her intoxicating, refreshing vocals and deep, yet ultimately relatable lyrics have made the song the biggest hit of 2013. Fans of all kinds of music, from bubble gum pop to hip-hop heads, have been swept up in the “Royals” frenzy. The cut, hosting a snapping, minimalist beat allows for her youthful, unique vocals to really shine. Watch the music video above.
2. Other Artists Love Her Too
“Royals” is so big, it has earned the right to be remixed buy more than a few artists. The Weeknd, one of the biggest name on the R&B scene currently, put his own spin on it. Even underground hip-hop heads are feeling it. ANTHM, one of hip-hop’s most heralded young artists gave the song a hip-hop makeover. Her sound screams “sample me!” So expect to hear more remixes and guest appearances alongside some of music’s biggest names very soon.
3. She's From New Zealand
Lorde hails from New Zealand. There have been a long line of international pop-stars to make a splash here in the U-S-of-A, but most hail from Australia and Europe. Lorde’s success could blaze a trail for her fellow Kiwis. She has already hit it big there, and now she has her sights set on America. From there it looks like world domination comes next.
4. She’s Only a Teenager
It might be had to believe, but Lorde is only 17-years-old. She might not be able to get her driver’s license, but she can certainly sing. She sings with so much confidence, ease and wisdom she sounds like a seasoned veteran, but her true youth just serves to make her all the more incredible. In the wise words of Aaliyah, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.”
5. What’s Up Next for Lorde
With a sound that blends a little bit of Lana Del Ray with The xx and Massive Attack, it is no wonder her latest EP dominated the charts all over the world. So much so that she was offered a deal with Songs Music Publishing worth a reported $2.5 million. What does a 17-year-old do with that kind of money? If you've heard "Royals," you can bet she won't be buying a Maybach any time soon. Then again, she won't be counting dollars on the way to the party either. Congrats Lorde! Keep up with her latest on Twitter.