Lorde Biography & News
What comes next for Lorde?
Lorde's fans have been clamoring for brand new music, and 2014 turned out to be one big tease for what's coming next.
It was actually at the end of 2013 when Lorde announced she had started writing material for her second studio album (which she says will be "totally different" than her debut album). Shortly thereafter, she headlined a number of huge outdoor festivals, including the Laneway Festival, three different South American editions of Lollapalooza (Chile, Argentina and Brazil), and the Coachella Festival in California.
Following the front half of this international tour, she then announced the Australian leg, which took place in July 2014, and the second North American leg, which followed in August. It included a stop at Chicago's Grant Park, where she performed at Lollapalooza again, with Billboard selecting it as one of the best performances of the festival. Rolling Stone also called her set the best part of the entire event.
At the end of September, Lorde released "Yellow Flicker Beat" as the first single from the soundtrack album for the film "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1." She not only oversaw the album's content, but also contributed vocals to several songs. Fans later felt she was snubbed when the song was not among the Oscar nominees for Best Original Song.
Lorde is crushing it as a pop star, or so says 'Gossip God' Perez Hilton, who continues to sing the praises of the 17-year-old songstress.
Lorde, born Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, is a New Zealand born singer-songwriter. She's had a contract with Universal since the age of thirteen and adopted her stage name due to an incessant fascination with aristocracy. Perhaps it was just a fun coincidence that her first single, "Royals," debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. The feat made her the first New Zealand to have a number one song in the States.
Lorde's debut album, "Pure Heroine," was released in September 2013 to widespread critical acclaim and strong commercial success. It was also the catalyst to her capturing the 2013 Silver Scroll award for "Royals," celebrating outstanding songwriting achievements in original New Zealand pop music. At the 56th Grammy Awards, she received four nominations, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, and Song of the Year for "Royals."
Like most young adults, Lorde has a crush of teen admirers. The one thing she won't do, however, is lump them together a la the pop fans name game. Sure, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry have all christened their massive group of admirers, but Lorde says she won't lump anyone together in an "awkward, pun-centric name."
Given Lorde's current position as pop's newest princess, we're sure her fans won't mind when or if she ever decides to give them a name. Until then, they're bound to keep snatching up her music ("Royals" has sold close to 4 million tracks to date), and hanging on every note to see what comes next.
The Odds Are Ever In Her Favor: Lorde to Curate 'Hunger Games' Music, Add New Tour Dates
Everything is coming up Lorde: Taylor Swift bestie and Kiwi Lorde has just been tapped to put together the soundtrack for the upcoming The Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1, out November 21. Of course, she’ll contribute her own track to the bunch, but she’s also handpicking all of the other tunes…Read more
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date city state venue 12/08/2013 Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium 12/07/2013 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 12/04/2013 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 12/03/2013 Seattle WA Key Arena 10/22/2013 Richmond Corner Hotel 10/21/2013 Richmond Corner Hotel 10/19/2013 Canberra Act University of Canberra 10/18/2013 Sydney Nsw Metro Theatre 10/17/2013 Sydney Nsw Metro Theatre 10/16/2013 Brisbane Qld The Zoo 10/06/2013 Toronto ON The Danforth Music Hall 10/03/2013 Brooklyn NY Warsaw 10/01/2013 New York NY Webster Hall 09/30/2013 New York NY Webster Hall 09/28/2013 Seattle WA The Showbox 09/27/2013 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 09/25/2013 Los Angeles CA The Belasco Theater 09/24/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 09/18/2013 London London Madame JoJo's 08/08/2013 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 08/06/2013 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge