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In '13, something that hadn't happened for seventeen years occurred when Lorde (real name is Ella Yelich-O'Conner) became the first female solo artist to top Billboard's Alternative Rock chart since Tracy Bonham's "Mother Mother" in '96. "Royals" was off Lorde's EP, "The Love Club."

"It's beyond my wildest dreams," said the sixteen-year-old New Zealand native. "I try not to let it freak me out too much."

"The Love Club" was recorded when Lorde was fifteen. "So much has happened in my life since then, and I really want the album to reflect those changes and experiences."

Her full-length debut album, "True Heroine," dropped a month after "Royals" and went to #1.

Lorde continued to amp her visibility, if not her reputation, by contributing a cover of Tears For Fears '80s classic "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack.

The Hunger Games connection continued. Lorde served as musical curator for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." Aside from picking songs, Lorde contributed "Yellow Flicker Beat," "Ladder Song" and "Flicker (Kanye West Rework)" to the '14 album.

Though work on a sophomore album bean in '13, it was hampered by "false starts, fruitless detours and stretches of inactivity" caused in part by her break-up with longtime boyfriend photographer James Lowe.

But over an 18 month period, Lorde recorded "Melodrama" with Jack Antonoff at his New York studio. Antonoff, whose credits included lead singer/songwriter for Bleachers, and lead guitarist with fun, co-wrote and co-produced the album (with Lorde).

In a Facebook post Lorde wrote that "Pure Heroine" was about "enshrining our teenage glory" while "Melodrama" dealt with "what comes next." Later, she stated that the album was an "interesting metaphor for young adulthood and encapsulated all of the emotions that I wanted to cover."

The lead single "Green Light" and promo track "Liability" were performed live for the first time on Saturday Night Live in advance of "Melodrama's" June, '17 release. The album received generally favorable reviews usually earning four out of possible five stars from critics who employed that rating method.

"Melodrama" became Lorde's first #1 album on the Billboard 200 selling 109,000 total copies in its first week.

Lorde Discography


2013 The Love Club (EP)
2013 True Heroine
2017 Melodrama

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