Sunday, 25 January 2015

Young and Talented: Lorde


Today I'm going to be profiling one of the entertainment industry's rising stars, well she's rather huge already but I predict that she will be around for a long time yet. She is known for her talent not just for being Instagram famous like the other girls her age seem to strive for. She is Lorde.

Real name: Ella Yelich-O'Connor

Lorde released her debut album, Pure Heroine, in 2013 which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Royals was her breakout hit for which she became the youngest solo artist to have a number one single in the US. Yet she is still only 17 and brimming with ideas. The thing that attracted me to Lorde was how she writes about the things that she has experience with, primarily being a teenager. Her songs are brutally honest about how she feels during these years, bringing forward perspectives that doesn't get a voice nowadays in the music industry. I could go on forever listing you lyrics that express this but I would highly recommend you listen to the whole album.

She's never afraid to speak out for what she believes. When she found that a picture of her performing had been photo shopped to get rid of her acne, she called it out on Twitter saying "remember flaws are ok". Lorde did an interview with Tavi Gevinson in which they chatted about everything from literary influences and feminism to flaws in how journalists deal with young talent. It's really long but read it all as it really shows you how genuine and well spoken she is. Another thing that impresses me about Lorde is that at no point is she trying to be "relatable" , sometimes I can disagree with her opinions and sometimes she can say something that makes me want to jump up and down shouting "YES" because I hadn't thought that anyone else would think the same thing. That's the beauty of Lorde.

I am so looking forward to hearing her next album. In the mean time, make sure to listen to Pure Heroine and the Hunger Games; Mockingjay Pt 1 soundtrack, which she curated, especially Yellow Flicker Beat and her spectacular cover of Tears for Fear's Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

Have a wonderful week!

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