Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, famously known as Lorde, was born on November 7, 1996. Lorde embarked on her journey to success through Universal Music Group. She got to work with Joel Little and became a household name after releasing her most famous song, ‘Royals.’ She has received countless awards and was on the list of ‘Most Influential Teenagers in the World’ according to “Time.” She is the youngest female artist to be number one on U.S. Billboard Hot 100. We’ll help you celebrate her special day today.
Lorde was born in Auckland, New Zealand, as Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor. She was born to Sonja Yelich, a poet mother, and Vic O’Connor, a civil engineer father. She has three siblings, Jerry and India, her sisters, and Angelo, her brother. Lorde went to Vauxhall School and Belmont Intermediate School. She worked on her music career while at Takapuna Grammar School from 2010 through 2013.
From an early age, she started to dedicate her life to music, winning a contest at Belmont Intermediate School with her friend, Louis McDonald. In 2009, she signed with Universal Music Group (U.M.G.) and gave live performances at numerous venues with Louis McDonald. She was later introduced to Joel Little, after several vocal lessons, and the pair worked together recording “Love Club,” an E.P. It featured her most famous song, ‘Royals,’ which earned them an audience and went global, reaching the top 10 lists on the charts. In 2016, she collaborated with Jack Antonoff and Bleachers to materialize her album “Melodrama.” Later in 2018, the album took home the Album of the Year Award at the Grammys and Lorde toured the world with Tove Styrke, Mitski, and Run the Jewels to promote “Melodrama.” While retreating from the spotlight, Lorde released a photography book of her visit to Antarctica titled “Going South.”
Lorde has been rumored to be in a relationship several times. Her last known and confirmed relationship was with Justin Warren, but she is currently rumored to be dating Jack Antonoff.
She earns multiple platinum certificates for her album “Pure Heroine;” a triple-platinum certificate in the U.S., a quintuple-platinum certificate in New Zealand, and a gold in the U.K.
She gets the opportunity to sing ‘Yellow Flicker Beat,’ a song from the soundtrack of the movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”
She releases the hit album “Melodrama,” which features the song ‘Green Light.’
Lorde comes back to the game after four years with ‘Solar Power,’ the title track of her album “Solar Power,” which she co-produced with Jack Antonoff.
Why We Love Lorde
Her music caters to all
Lorde produces music of many different genres which makes her songs easy to relate to. Most people enjoy her music because of her range. Her music heals and elevates. It goes from partying to relationships and everyday life to empowerment.
She is versatile
Her music evokes a wide range of emotions and allows people to live through the songs. Her music ranges from dramatic, fun, and cheerful, to laid-back and detached. It’s this ability to bring such varied emotions into her songs that leave us wanting more.
She supports political and social causes
She donated some of her earnings to the Greenpeace Fund in support of preserving wildlife and combating the rising global temperatures. This donation was also in line with her album “Solar Power,” which aims to give people a lesson to take care of and pay attention to the world. It also teaches why we need to protect it.
5 Surprising Facts
Churches aren’t her type
Although she describes herself as spiritual, churches make her feel uncomfortable.
Her name was actually ‘Lord’
The concept of royalty and aristocracy has always fascinated her, and so she went with the stage name ‘Lord’ and added an ‘e’ to give it a feminine touch.
She’s obsessed with Instagram
Our favorite star seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Instagram, constantly checking the site every hour.
She had an axolotl
The artist has always been an animal lover and grew up with almost every animal under the sun, including an axolotl!
She can’t play any instruments
Although one might assume that all singers can play at least one instrument, Lorde cannot play any.
Was Lorde engaged to Justin Warren?
Her engagement to Warren was a rumor and nothing has been confirmed.
Is Lorde Croatian?
She has Croatian roots from her mom’s side, so it could be said that she is half-Croatian.
Is Lorde an activist?
From the horse’s mouth, she is a pop star and not a climate activist.
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