Lorde: an artist to watch

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Lorde: an artist to watch

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Her debut album “Pure Heroine” and the hit single “Royals” have earned her seven music awards so far.

At just 17, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is taking the charts by storm. She was raised on a solid musical diet including Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths and Nick Drake.

“My interest in making music was born out of this desire to hear something that I hadn’t yet heard, so I listened to a lot of hip-hop, a lot of electronic music, a lot of pop music and I basically wanted to combine all these things that I had heard, you know, the bits that I liked about this genre that were missing maybe from there and take those parts from there, you know,” says Lorde.

The young artist started writing music when she was just 12. “Pure Heroine” touches on what she describes as teen life: relationships, school, parties and suburbia. But she downplays the hype surrounding “Royals”, which she calls an “obvious” song.

“People my age these days… everybody’s really good at stuff. With the internet, you know, you can be making beats out of your bedroom and be a superstar, so I think the boundaries for being good at what you do now are kind of less, and so I think that people are less surprised that I like to write and have ideas,” she says.

Hugely successful in the United States, where she has been nominated for four Grammys, Lorde is gearing up for a nationwide tour starting in March.

An artist to watch closely in 2014.

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