Lorde Number One in the US

Sixteen-year-old singer, Lorde has become the first New Zealander to top the US Billboard charts, following the release of her first album, Pure Heroine, in the US at start of this month. Her single ‘Royals’ taking out Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ for top spot.

The young singer has recently performed on the Jools Holland show in the UK, and the Jimmy Fallon show following the release of her 10 track album. An album which Billboard has claimed would usher in the “age of Lorde”. Lorde had previously taken the top spot on the US iTunes charts.

In an interview with Alexa Chung, she discussed the death threats she received from Miley Cyrus fans after claiming the top spot, and she’s unlikely to take the route befallen by many young stars as they segue into adulthood, using Miley Cyrus’ swinging naked on a wrecking ball as an example. She also discussed her low-tolerance for stupid people.

Lorde’s achievement on the Billboard charts puts her amongst a small group of New Zealander’s who have broken the top of US music charts. The only other artist to take out a top spot was the late OMC, with ‘How Bizarre’ in 1997.

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