Auckland singer Lorde, aka Ella Yelich O’Connor, has topped the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart with Royals (video at the bottom of page).
Remarkably, the last time a woman achieved that feat was 17 years ago. Terrifyingly, Lorde was not yet born.
It caps a whistlestop tour of the US by the Takapuna teenager, with two rapturously received live performances, in New York and Los Angeles.
Here’s some shaky footage of Lorde performing Tennis Court at Le Poisson Rouge in New York.
And from her appearance for KCRW, The Love Club:
Before the US tour, she played at the Australian festival Spplendour in the Grass, at short notice after the withdrawal of Frank Ocean. She did good. Here’s some audio:
Musician-producer Moby named Royals his song of the year so far (her response to this, on Twitter: “ohmagawsh seriously stop it you are moby”), and countless other famous names have been singing her praises. The Backstreet Boys are even keen for her to write them a song.
She’s just announced an appearance at the Vector Arena in September, for which tickets are likely to resemble hotcakes or other popular items from your local bakery. And her debut album, Pure Heroine, is scheduled for release on September 30.
Before you get swamped by all coverage of Lorde, go directly to this, one of the first, and best, profiles of Lorde: Jim Pinckney’s in the Listener earlier this year.
An even earlier interview, meanwhile, dates from 2009, when Radio New Zealand’s Jim Mora spoke to the promising 12-year-old (h/t @chriskeall), about singing and reading.