Figuring out Lorde’s Christian Roots Part 8 (UPDATED)

Figuring out Lorde’s Christian Roots Part 8

UPDATED (David Bruce commented “She didn’t say she was a big Jesus believer. She said she was a big Yeezus believer. Which is a Kanye West album. Which incidentally is a blasphemous, hateful piece of garbage from what I’ve heard of it.” This sets me straight concerning what Lorde said in the video that I saw. She did not say that she was a “big Jesus believer.” )

Lorde Talks w/ DJ Skee

Published on Aug 20, 2013

Lorde stopped by the 102.7 KIIS-FM studios in Los Angeles to talk about new music and more with DJ Skee for iHeart Radio’s Next Up series.

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Lorde

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Lorde
Lorde Live at GOODGOD Small Club.jpg

Lorde performing live at GOODGOD Club in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Background information
Birth name Ella Yelich-O’Connor
Born 7 November 1996 (age 16)
Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
Genres
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Website lorde.co.nz

Ella Yelich-O’Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde (/ˈlɔrd/),[1] 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.[2]

Early life

“I started writing songs when I was 13 or 14, because I’ve always been a huge reader. My mum’s a poet and we’ve always had so many books, and that’s always been a big thing for me, arguably more so than music.”

 — Yelich-O’Connor, speaking of her songwriting technique.[3]

Yelich-O’Connor was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 7 November 1996 to a civil engineer father and a stay-at-home mother/poet; she was then raised in suburban Devonport, North Shore, Auckland.[4][5][6] She is of Yugoslav ancestry.[7]

At the age of 12, she was spotted by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan when he saw her singing in a video of a talent show at her school, Belmont Intermediate.[8] Later, when Yelich-O’Connor was 13, Maclachlan signed her to Universal and, at the age of 14, she began working with their songwriters.[9] Yelich-O’Connor began writing songs with her guitar at “about thirteen or fourteen”.[10][better source needed]

As of July 2013, Yelich-O’Connor is a Year Twelve student at Takapuna Grammar School.[11][12]

Career

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.[13] On 8 May 2013, 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.[5] 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”.[14]

The “Tennis Court” single was released in New Zealand on 8 June 2013.[15] The Tennis Court EP was released digitally in the UK on 7 June (due to the timezone difference) and physically on 22 June.[16][17] It was played during the BBC coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships Ladies Final. On 14 June 2013, Yelich-O’Connor’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.[18]

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.[14]

On 12 August 2013, Yelich-O’Connor announced on her Twitter profile that her debut album Pure Heroine would be released on 30 September 2013.[2]

In September 2013, Yelich-O’Connor and cowriter Joel Little were shortlisted for the 2013 Silver Scroll Award for “Royals”—the award honours outstanding achievements in the writing of original New Zealand pop music songs.[19]

In a recent episode of 3rd Degree from TV3, Yelich-O’Connor revealed that she decided to turn down an offer from singer Katy Perry as a supporting act on her world tour.[20]

Musical style and influences

Yelich-O’Connor’s music draws from electropop and has been praised for “remarkably razor sharp” lyrics. Yelich-O’Connor cites soul singer Etta James and producer SBTRKT as two of prominent influences.[21] Yelich-O’Connor has also stated that she was inspired by the initially hidden identities of Burial and The Weeknd, saying, “I feel like mystery is more interesting”.[6]

Yelich-O’Connor is a fan of American musical artist Nicki Minaj, calling her an “important female in pop.”[22] During the writing of The Love Club (2013), Yelich-O’Connor was particularly influenced by rap artist Kanye West and singer Lana Del Rey, and she performed a live cover of West’s song “Hold My Liquor” at her Auckland concert 7th September 2013.[23][24][25]

Discography

Lorde discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
EPs 1
Singles 3
Music videos 2

Albums

Studio albums

Title Album details
Pure Heroine

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
NZ
[26]
AUS
[27]
CAN
[28]
US
[29]
The Love Club EP
  • Released: 22 November 2012
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, download
2 2[A] 22 23

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NZ
[33]
AUS
[27]
CAN
[28]
NL
[34]
UK
[35]
US
[36]
US
Alt.

[37]
US
Rock

[38]
Royals 2013 1 [A] 4 14 3 1 1 The Love Club EP and Pure Heroine
Tennis Court 1 21 197 115 16 Pure Heroine
Team 3 19 31
Buzzcut Season
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of other songs, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NZ
[33]
US
Rock

[38]
“The Love Club” 2013 17 18 The Love Club EP
“Swingin’ Party” 10 Non-album single
“Bravado” 30 The Love Club EP
“Million Dollar Bills” 29
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos

Title Year Director(s) Ref
“Royals” 2013 Joel Kefali [42]
“Tennis Court” [43]

Notes

A ^ In Australia, The Love Club EP appeared on the Australian Singles Chart. Sales of songs on the EP, including “Royals” and “The Love Club”, went toward the sales tallies of The Love Club EP and therefore could not chart separately.

References

  1. Jump up ^ Rachel Sanders (26 April 2013). “Listen To This Teen Singer From New Zealand Right Now”. Buzzfeed. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Hussein Moses (13 August 2013). “Lorde Announces Debut Album “Pure Heroine””. The Corner. The Corner. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  3. Jump up ^ Pinckney, Jim (23 March 2013). “Lorde moves in mysterious ways”. New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. Jump up ^ Shahlin Graves (20 March 2013). “Inside The Mind Of… Lorde”. Coup De Main. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b “Lorde First Woman in 17 Years to Top Alternative with ‘Royals'”. Billboard (magazine). 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b Lipshutz, Jason (6 September 2013). “Lorde: The Billboard Cover Story”. Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  7. Jump up ^ Hayes, Samantha (18 September 2013). “The story of Lorde”. In Longbottom, Toby. 3 News (MediaWorks TV). Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  8. Jump up ^ Etheridge, Jess (2 August 2013). “Singer now on centre stage: Shore kid makes good at Splendour in the Grass”. North Shore Times (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  9. Jump up ^ White, Caitlin (10 May 2013). “NZ newest pop star”. Tom Cardy. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. Jump up ^ White, Caitlin (21 May 2013). “Taking Flight: 16-Year-Old Ella Yelich-O’Connor vs. Lorde, Popstar”. Pigeons and Planes. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  11. Jump up ^ Charlotte Ryan (2 May 2013). “Lorde: Behind the success story”. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  12. Jump up ^ Ihaka, James; Jones, Nicholas (12 March 2013). “Kiwi songbird with Universal appeal”. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  13. Jump up ^ “Lorde – Royals”. Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  14. ^ Jump up to: a b Iain Sheddon (29 July 2013). “Lorde’s calling delivers her to splendour”. The Australian. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  15. Jump up ^ “Tennis Court – Single by Lorde”. iTunes Store (NZ). Apple Inc. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  16. Jump up ^ “Tennis Court – EP by Lorde”. iTunes Store (UK). Apple Inc. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  17. Jump up ^ Mary (6 June 2013). “Lorde: ‘Tennis Court’ EP”. The Leftover Sessions. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  18. Jump up ^ “Lorde – Tennis Court”. nztop40.co.nz. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  19. Jump up ^ “APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 Finalists Announced”. The Corner. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  20. Jump up ^ “Lorde Turned Down Supporting Katy Perry’s World Tour”. More FM. MediaWorks Radio. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  21. Jump up ^ James Lachno (11 September 2013). “Lorde – New Music”. The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  22. Jump up ^ Asare, Andrew (13 September 2013). “Lorde: Five fast facts about the new alt music ‘it’ girl”. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  23. Jump up ^ Offitzer, Adam. “Review: LORDE – ‘The Love Club’ / ‘Tennis Court’”. Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  24. Jump up ^ “NZ Music Sensation, Lorde, Releases First Music Video For “Royals””. The Diplomat. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  25. Jump up ^ Mike Hohnen (10 September 2013). “Lorde Covers Kanye West’s ‘Hold My Liquor’”. Music Feeds. Music Feeds. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
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  29. Jump up ^ “Lorde – Chart history: Billboard 200”. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  30. ^ Jump up to: a b “ARIA Singles Chart – 16/09/2013”. Australian Recording Industry Association. September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  31. Jump up ^ “New Zealand album certifications – Lorde – The Love Club EP”. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
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  40. Jump up ^ “New Zealand single certifications – Lorde – Tennis Court”. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  41. Jump up ^ “New Zealand single certifications – Lorde – The Love Club”. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  42. Jump up ^ Joel Kefali (Director) (13 May 2013). Lorde – Royals. Vimeo. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  43. Jump up ^ Joel Kefali (Director) (21 June 2013). Lorde – Tennis Court. Vimeo. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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