Who is This ‘Lorde’ Everyone’s Talking About?

Lorde continues to make waves internationally ahead of the launch of her debut album, with US online magazine Vulture writing giving their readers a crash course in who the 16-year-old singer is and why they should care.

The article explores the Auckland teenager’s background, from being signed by Universal at age 12 to where the name Lorde came from: “When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord’ was super rad, but really masculine – ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy. So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e’ on the end! Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not.”

After debunking the stereotype that as a teenage artists her song are focused on love, boys and heartbreak Vulture goes on to explain why she’s one singer with mainstream potential. “Her songs can be a bit gloomy, but they have extremely catchy hooks and lyrics and are just fun to sing.

“She’s also got the right famous admirers to help get the world out. Ryan Seacrest is a fan. So are Diplo, Selena Gomez, Jared Leto, Vanessa Hudgens, and Chloe Grace Moretz. A good rule of thumb is to never fully judge an artist before their first album… but we have a good feeling about this one.”

Tags: Auckland  Ella Yelich-O'Connor  Jared Leto  Lorde  Ryan Seacrest  Selena Gomez  Universal  Vulture  

Singing Shared Just How Marlon Williams Likes It

Singing Shared Just How Marlon Williams Likes It

Group singing has been central to New Zealander Marlon Williams’ life, journalist and author Jenny Valentish writes for The Guardian. He likens it to a spiritual practice, “without the theory or…