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Lorde Biography

Birth Name:
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor
Birth Place:
Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

Fast Facts

  • Stage name was inspired by her interest in aristocracy and royalty
  • Began writing short stories at age 11 before turning her attention to songwriting
  • Was signed to music label Universal at age 12, after a friend's father sent in a recording of her singing in a school talent show
  • Released her debut EP, The Love Club, online and available for free download in 2012
  • In 2013, became the first female solo artist to top the U
  • S
  • Billboard Alternative chart since 1996
  • At age 16, became the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song on the U
  • S
  • Billboard charts, with "Royals
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  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Song: nominated


  • Angelo Yelich-O'Connor -- Brother
  • Vic O'Connor -- Father
  • Sonja Yelich -- Mother
  • James Lowe -- Significant Other
  • India Yelich-O'Connor -- Sister
  • Jerry Yelich-O'Connor -- Sister