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Lorde has the hottest song in the country with her alternative ballad "Royals," but who is this super-talented singer with sultry sounds the likes of an Amy Winehouse or Fiona Apple? Where did this young, yet soulful 16-year-old come from and why are we just now hearing about her? Read the five things you absolutely need to know about this amazing singer. And check out the bonus item that makes Lorde that much more likable:
- How else would you start, but by saying she's a chart topper. Her song "Royals" just hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Who is Lorde ahead of on the list? Only Katy Perry's "Roar" and Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball." Lorde also topped the magazine's Alternative Chart, the first woman to do so in 17 years.
- She's only 16! She was born in 1996! Lorde's topping of the Billboard Hot 100 this week makes her the youngest at No. 1 in 26 years since Tiffany's "I think We're Alone Now" in 1987. Lorde was signed to Universal at the age of just 13. She isn't shy about the fact that no matter how big she gets, she's still a teenager, tweeting last month, "c'mon acne don't do this now."
- Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, is from Auckland, New Zealand. Her father Vic O'Conner is a civil engineer and her mother Sonja Yelich is a poet. She was raised in the suburbs with three brothers and sisters.
- She likes music of all kinds. She tweeted her "favourite" video on the Internet is Nicki Minaj and said she loved the Miley Cyrus interview in Rolling Stone. She added, "new miley is SO on point with verse and pre-chorus melodies." She also likes King Krule, and tweets about Drake and Britney Spears. Talk about eclectic. P.S. Brit's sister Jamie Lynn Spears is a fan, who discovered her music back in June.
- Lorde's funny and deep at the same time. When her debut album "Pure Heroine" dropped Sept. 27, she posted on Facebook, "I couldn't be more proud of this thing we made, in joel's little studio in morningside, eating the same things for lunch every day, catching the same train home, waiting for things to happen. and now they are." But, on Twitter, she joked about hate tweets saying, "#1 on US itunes. even if it lasts an hour i feel HAPPY. downside is all these miley fans telling me they're gonna stab my rotting corpse." Well-played Lorde. FYI, Miley Cyrus wrote her back saying, "your music is awesome."
Bonus: She retweets Amanda Bynes. This girl is perfection!