(born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor on born 7th November 1996) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
Instead of singing about love and partying like most pop stars, Lorde focuses mostly on adolescence and fearing fame.
She became a figure on the international scene with her initial The Love Club EP, but didn't really start to blow up until her song Royals reached #1 on charts worldwide, including the US. Her fame-criticizing lyrics, sparse production, and age of 16 all combined to make her a polarising figure in the media.
Initially, she was written off as a one hit wonder, but her top-ten second single Team, curation of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack, and her friendship with other A-listers like Taylor Swift has kept her in the spotlight. Even as of 2016, Lorde’s Twitter account has over 4.29 million followers.
Despite her alt-pop beginnings, though, Lorde isn't a hipster—pop culture fills her social media accounts. We can only wonder whether this will be an influence when her sophomore album is finally released.