Rising music leader Lorde, 16, is #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart this week. She moved more than 300,000 copies, While Lorde was up 17 percent to 307,000, close on her heels was the former #1, Katy Perry’s ‘Roar,’ which slipped 10 percent as it held at #2 (301,000) in a virtual tie with Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball,’ down 37 percent to 301,000.
Perry’s new single ‘Dark Horse,’ came in at #4 on sales of 194,000 and Britney Spears outside the top 5 with a #6 debut for ‘Work Bitch!’ (174,000). Rounding out the woman wave was Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’ at #7 (160,000). Lorde featured in Teen Vogue:
Wearing a Moschino dress, Valentina Kova necklace, Efva Attling bracelet, and my own rings: ‘I’ve grown up in the same suburb my whole life. This is my first time in the States! I come from a big, loud family, and I’m the quieter one.
Performing is something I have to switch on. I’ve heard I get real sassy onstage, which I’m not in real life! It’s fun to be that person for an hour a night. My family keeps me grounded, if I don’t do something my dad asks, he’s like, ‘You’re not going out tonight.’ It’s easy to forget you’re not a big deal to anyone you know.
I started writing music when I was around twelve.
My current record company saw a video of me performing at my school’s talent show. My lyrics are about something that’s happened to me or a friend. I’ve been told by people my age that they can relate to stuff I’m saying, which is so important to me. But my friends get annoyed. They’re like, ‘You can’t write about us in songs anymore. People are going to hear it!’
I love thrift shopping. You can get ten things because everything costs, like, three dollars. I feel weird spending money on myself, my first big purchase will be a double bed! I like simple clothes, but sometimes I’ll go for a goth-witch vibe.
I came up with the name Lorde after looking through aristocratic titles. ‘Lord’ is a supermasculine word, so I added an ‘e’ to make it feminine. [Her real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor.] I like the musician James Blake, but I also listen to Drake and Nicki Minaj. For me, rapping is a barely contained dream. When it comes to career goals, if I think of myself as cool in five years, then I’m doing all right.”