Know more about Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde)

August 18, 2014 | 0

Lorde is the stage name of Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She was born on November 7, 1996 in Takapuna and grew up in Devonport, Auckland. She was attracted to the performance arts when she was just a child. Universal Music Group signed her when she was only 13 years old. Later she performed along with record producer and songwriter Joel Little.

Lorde’s debut commercial work titled ‘The Love Club EP’ was released in March 2013. It had the song ‘Royals’ which not only became a massive crossover international hit, but also got her 2 Grammy Awards. ‘Pure Heroine’ was her 1st studio album. It released in September 2013 to overall commercial success and critical acclaim.

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Lorde selected the unique stage name as she was captivated by aristocracy and royals. However, as Lord sounded masculine she added the ‘e’ to give it a feminine touch.

The image and music of Lorde is regarded as one which challenges the music of different artists like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus as well as the current day pop. Time magazine has listed her as one of the most influential teenagers in the world.

Lorde is in a relationship with James Lowe, a 24yearold New Zealand-born photographer. She met him much before her career in music.

Early life – How did Lorde become famous?

Lorde was born to Vic O’Connor, a civil engineer, and Sonja Yelich, a poet. She is of Irish and Croatian descent. She has a brother and 2 sisters. Lorde went with her friend to a drama group at the age of 5 years and it is here where she fell in love with acting and singing. Lorde’s mother also got her into reading.

Lorde did her schooling from Belmont Intermediate School. In 2009, her friend Louis McDonald and she won the talent show at the school. Her friend’s father was so impressed by Lorde’s performance that he passed on her cover recordings of Pixie Lott’s ‘Mama Do’ and Duffy’s song ‘Warwick Avenue’ to varied talent scouts.She was eventually signed on for development by UMG/Universal Music Group at the age of 13 years. Vocal coach Frances Dickinson was hired by UMG to provide singing lessons to Lorde, 2 times a week for a year.


  • Lorde paired with Joel Little in December 2011 and recorded 5 songs at the Golden Age Studiosfor an EP. They completed it in 3 weeks.
  • The Love Club EP was self-released for free download by Lorde in November 2012 via her SoundCloud account. UMG decided to release it commercially after 60,000 free downloads. It peaked at number 2 in Australia and New Zealand and was later certified platinum in her home country and 7 times platinum in Australia.
  • Tennis Court EP was Lorde’s 2nd EP. It consisted of 4 songs and was released on June 7, 2013.
  • Lorde’s debut studio album titled ‘Pure Heroine’ released on September 27, 2013. It topped the Australian and New Zealand charts and reached the top 5 in the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Norway. The album sold 1.33 million copies in the US and was declared platinum by the RIAA. It peaked at number 3 in the Billboard 200.

Singles by Lorde

On 3 June 2013, Lorde’s ‘Royals’ was released as a single. In August 2013, it became the 1st song sung by a female lead singer to top the Alternative Songs chart in the US, 17 years after the feat was achieved by Tracy Bonham’s ‘Mother Mother.’Royals soon became a crossover hit and in October 2013 toppedthe Hot 100 chart in the US. The song also garnered her the distinction of being the first-ever solo artist from New Zealand as well as the youngest singer in more than 25 years to top the US Hot 100. It also topped the Canadian Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. Critical recognition followed in the form of Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2014 ceremony. This made her the youngest Grammy winner from New Zealand, the third youngest in the history of the Grammys, and the youngest Grammy nominee for Record of the Year.

Lorde’s second single ‘Tennis Court’ and third single ‘Team’ was also well-received by both the audience and critics. All the above singles were included in her debut studio album.

Artistic influences

As a child, Lorde loved the works of soul musicians, Otis Redding and Etta James as well as other artists like Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and Cat Stevens. She was particularly influenced by the atypical vocals of Grimes, producer SBTRKT, and band Sleigh Bells. She likes listening to James Blake, Lana Del Rey, Prince, Animal Collective,Yeasayer, and Kanye West.

Lorde’s writing gains its inspiration from the works of authors such as Tobias Wolff, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, and Leonard Cohen.

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Second studio album

Lorde started writing for her 2nd studio album in December 2013. She has stated that the music and material in this album will be quite different from the first.

Lorde – photos

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What is Lorde’s net worth?

Lorde is worth $2 million, she may not be anywhere near Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift whose net worth exceed $150 million.  But then, compared to these two, Lorde is known to be more promising considering she has age on her side and she is both a song-writer and a performer.  Lorde’s fortune-rain is courtesy her album ‘Pure Heroine’, with ‘Royals’, the single, getting a cult following and getting 324,471,767  views.  Lorde’s music  is a hit with pop lovers, rappers and even those who like alternative stuff.

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