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.
2013 The Love Club (EP)
2013 True Heroine