Lorde set to release album, perform first shows in U.S.

By Aymie Telinski

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde, reached musical success before most people obtain a driver’s license.

The high school student is from New Zealand, and in her home country her single, “Royals,” spent three weeks at No. 1. Last year, she released her first EP for free online.

My favorite thing about “Royals” is how the lyrics blend together. I love when Lorde sings about how her and her friends are just from a normal town and no one is jealous of them. While rappers live to the extreme, she is just fine with going to house parties and being normal.

Lorde started her songwriting career when she was 12 years old, and one year later signed to Universal. She is recording her first album, “Pure Heroine,” which will be released Sept. 30.

When deciding on a stage name, Lorde told Interview Magazine, “My name is Ella, that’s who I am at school, hanging out with friends, while I’m doing homework. But when I’m up on a stage, Lorde is a character.” She continues on what inspired her to take on the name Lorde by adding, “When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lorde’ was super rad, but really masculine. Ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy.”

In “Royals” Lorde sings about people with lavish consumerism with lyrics like “Crystal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash…that kind of lux just ain’t for us. We crave a different kind of buzz.”

In an interview with Spotify, Lorde said “Royals” was written at a time she was listening to a lot of Lana Del Ray and A$AP Rocky: “I love rap, that crazy money and opulence and extravagance.”

Lorde will perform her first shows in America Sept. 24. After listening to “Royals,” I can’t wait for the album to drop.