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Nov 3, 2013
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Steve McGarry

Lorde

Until recently, the last female solo artist to top the billboard alternative charts was Tracy Bonham with her "Mother Mother" single in the summer of 1996, following hot on the heels of Alanis Morissette, who topped the Alternative Chart three times in late 1995 and 1996.

This summer, the billboard alternative  chart was topped by a New Zealand schoolgirl who wasn't even born when Bonham and Morissette were achieving the same feat.  Lord's debut single, which also topped the billboard rock charts, made the 16-year-old Kiwi one of the hottest new stars on the music scene.  Lorde was born Ella Yelich-O'Connor in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 7, 1996, the daughter of a civil engineer father and prize-winning poet mother.

A video of 12-year-old Ella performing in a talent show at her middle school found its way to a record company talent scout and led to a developmental deal, which gave Ella the time to write and hone her songs.  She eventually partnered with producer and writer Joel Little and, adopting the stage name Lorde, she released "The Love Club EP" in late 2012.  It debuted at No. 2. in both Australia and New Zealand, paving the way for its standout track, "Royals," to soar to multiplatinum status.

With the release of her debut album, "Pure Heroine," being greeted with overwhelming acclaim, and a track on the upcoming "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack, late 2013 sees Lorde poised on the brink of major international success.
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