Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Born in Takapuna and raised in Devonport, Auckland, she became interested in performing as a child. At age 13 she signed with Universal Music Group and was later paired with songwriter and record producer Joel Little. Her debut work The Love Club EP was commercially released in March 2013 and included the song "Royals", which became an international crossover hit and won two Grammy Awards. Her first studio album, Pure Heroine, was released in September 2013 to generally positive reviews and commercial success.
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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor
Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
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The Single "Royals"
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Ella Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), better known by her stage name Lorde (/ˈlɔrd/)is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. She released her first EP The Love Club EP in March 2013 and her second single "Tennis Court" in June 2013. The artist's debut album Pure Heroine is scheduled for a September 2013 release.
Yelich-O'Connor was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 7 November 1996 to a civil engineer father and a stay-at-home mother, and was raised in the suburb of Devonport on Auckland's North Shore.
Lorde spent much of her early life working with Universal to develop her sound and artistic vision. She was spotted at the age of 12 by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan, after he saw a video of her singing in a talent show at her school, Belmont Intermediate. Maclachlan later signed her to Universal at the age of 13 and began working with songwriters at 14. Yelich-O'Connor began writing songs at the age of "13 or 14" using her guitar.As of July 2013, Yelich-O'Connor is a Year 12 student attending Takapuna Grammar School.
2013: The Love Club EP and Pure Heroine
Officially released digitally in March 2013, and on CD in May 2013. The Love Club EP featured five songs including the number one hit "Royals". On 27 May 2013, "Royals" was covered on national television on the New Zealand version of The X Factor by all-girl group Gap 5, mentored by Melanie Blatt. "Royals" debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15 March 2013 and remained in the top position for three weeks. On the same day, The Love Club EP debuted in the number 2 position on the album chart. In August 2013, Lorde became the first woman to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States since Tracy Bonham in 1996. Following the release of "Royals" in the United States in June 2013, 85,000 copies were sold during a single week in July. In a subsequent interview, Lorde stated, "I had a sneaking suspicion that it might do all right".
The "Tennis Court" single was released in New Zealand on 8 June 2013. The Tennis Court EP was released digitally in the UK on 7 June (due to the timezone difference) and physically on 22 June. It was played during the BBC coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships Ladies Final. On 14 June 2013, Lorde's second single "Tennis Court" debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart. In the same week, she also became the first New Zealand artist to simultaneously have four songs in the top 20 tracks of the New Zealand Top 40. Previously, Titanium held this record with three songs.
Yelich-O'Connor was the replacement for Frank Ocean, who cancelled due to illness, at the 2013 Splendour in the Grass Festival. She was contacted on 26 July 2013, the Friday immediately prior to the weekend of the festival, while she was in attendance at a party with friends in Auckland, New Zealand. As Lorde, Yelich-O'Connor performed before 10,000 people in northern Byron Bay, Australia, where the festival is based as of 2013.
On 12 August 2013, Lorde announced on her Twitter profile that her debut album Pure Heroine would be released on 30 September 2013.]
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