Biography of Lorde
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born on November 7, 1996 in Takapuna, Auckland. Her hit single “Royals” made her the first solo female artist to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.
Lorde’s stage name was inspired by her fascination with “royals and nobility.” She added a “e” to the name Lord to make it more feminine because she thought it was too masculine.
She was born and reared in the Auckland district of Devonport. She joined a theatrical group at the age of five and began to build public speaking skills. In her early adolescence, she attended Vauxhall School and later Belmont Intermediate School.
Lorde attributes her lyrical inspiration to her mother, who pushed her to read a variety of genres. She also attributes her songwriting to M.T. Anderson’s young adult dystopian novel Feed, as well as authors J.D. Salinger, Raymond Carver, and Janet Frame.
In May 2009, Lorde and her musician pal Louis McDonald won the Belmont Intermediate School’s annual talent event as a duo. Maclachlan signed her to UMG for development in 2009. Lorde was also a member of the Belmont Intermediate School band Extreme, which finished third in the North Shore Battle of the Bands finals on November 18, 2009, at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland.
Lorde and McDonald toured as “Ella & Louis” in 2010, performing live covers at The Leigh Sawmill Cafe on 15 August, Roasted Addiqtion Cafe in Kingsland on 20 August, The Vic Unplugged at Victoria Theatre, Devonport on 27 October, and Devonstock in Devonport on 12 December. She attended Takapuna Grammar School from 2010 to 2013, completing Year twelve, while working on her music career. She later decided not to complete Year thirteen in 2014.
Lorde was given singing lessons twice a week for a year by vocal coach Frances Dickinson, who was hired by UMG in 2011. During this period, she began writing songs and met with a number of songwriters, but none of them were successful. Lorde began reading short stories at the age of fourteen and learnt how to “bring words together.”
Lorde made her debut public performance of her own original songs on the main stage of the Devonport Victoria Theatre on November 16, 2011.
Lorde was teamed with Joel Little, a songwriter, record producer, and former Goodnight Nurse lead singer, by MacLachlan in December 2011. The couple recorded five songs for an EP in three weeks at Little’s Golden Age Studios in Morningside, Auckland.
In November 2012, she made her EP, The Love Club, available for free download on her SoundCloud account. The EP was commercially published in March 2013 by UMG. The EP reached number two on the New Zealand and Australian record charts.
Lorde’s Debut Album
Her debut studio album, ‘Pure Heroine,’ was released in September 2013 and debuted at number one in New Zealand and Australia, as well as reaching the top five in Canada, Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the album reached number three on the Billboard 200. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Her second album, ‘Melodrama,’ was released on June 16, 2017 and got ‘universal praise’ from critics.
Many outlets ranked Melodrama at the top of their various year-end lists at the end of 2017. It also won the NME Album of the Year award. Melodrama was voted the third best-reviewed album of 2017 by Metacritic, a website that collects album reviews. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards presentation, it was also nominated for Album of the Year.
The Royals of Lorde
The EP’s single, ‘Royals,’ was released in June 2013. It was a smash song, spending nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Since Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now,” Lorde has been the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States (1987). At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, the song earned the 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year, as well as two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.
Lorde’s World Tour
Lorde went on an international tour to promote The Love Club EP and Pure Heroine in early 2014, with the first leg taking place in North America.
She then announced the Australian leg, which would take place in July, and the second North American leg, which would take place in August.
She played at Lollapalooza at Grant Park, Chicago, on August 1, 2014. Lorde’s concert was hailed by critics, with Billboard naming it the festival’s fifth-best performance and Rolling Stone naming it the finest portion of the Chicago event.
She went on an international tour to promote her album Melodrama in late 2017, the first leg of which was conducted in Europe and featured Khalid as a support act. Run the Jewels, Mitski, and Tove Styrke were confirmed as the opening acts for the North American leg, which took place in March 2018.
Boyfriend of Lorde
She began dating photographer James Lowe in late 2013.
After three years of dating, they broke up in January 2016.
Sonja Yelich, her mother, is a poet whose mother is of Croatian ancestry from the Dalmatian region, while her father is of Irish ancestry. Vic O’Connor, her father, is a civil engineer. She has three siblings: Jerry and India, two sisters, and Angelo, a brother.
Age of Lorde
She was born in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, on November 7, 1996. (21 years as at 2017)
Lorde’s net worth is unknown.
Her net worth is believed to be $12 million. Lorde bought a $2.84 million house in Herne Bay, Auckland, in January 2016.