Face of the day

Auckland’s North Shore teen Lorde leaps to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with her breakthrough hit “Royals,” edging off grubby tart Miley Cyrus with “Wrecking Ball” after the latter song led for two weeks. Lorde, (Ella Yelich-O’Connor) becomes the first ever kiwi to top the US charts, and the youngest since Tiffany, with her hit “I Think We’re Alone Now” in 1987.




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  • motorizer

    Poor taste calling the album “pure heroin(e)”

    • LesleyNZ

      I never thought of that – hope she wouldn’t mean this.

      • motorizer

        Come on. Pop music is all about marketing. There is no way she chose the album name. She is talented but she is also exploited.

    • manuka416

      The album name is “Pure Heroine”. Very smart name, or play on words, for a pop album – will appeal to youth. Good on her. Album getting rave reviews.

      • motorizer

        Say pure heroine out loud.

    • Lion_ess

      Is that like six being like sex, so poor taste to use the word “six”?

  • LesleyNZ

    She read books – lots of books as a child. She has depth. Lovely.

  • Heard an interview with her the other day, was quite impressed by her apparent maturity

  • BG

    So you can make it without the need of Simon Cowell and borish Idol and X-Factor shows? Who would have thunk it?

    • LesleyNZ

      The guy who co-writes and producer Joel little is Paul Little’s son – Wendyl Nissen’s stepson. Very talented.

      • Wendyl is a pinko nut job.

        • Cracker1963

          Her step-son looks & acts like a creep. I wouldn’t let my Daughters go within 100 miles of him. I don’t think much of her or her songs- but I find little of interest in ‘young girls’ anyway, her lyrics imply a knowledge of life that a girl that young just doesn’t have- Beth Hart, Shawn Colvin, Linda Thompson are more my style (and age). Lorde is just another girly teen pop idol- there have been lots of them over the years (Lulu springs to mind as one of the first of the ‘modern era’)- and there will be lots more after her. 2nd album will be make or break- her audience is the most fickle in music- hence Cyrus antics that are all in the forlorn hope of being relevant.

  • Not so fast Travis; as creditable as Lorde’s achievement is, she is NOT the first Kiwi to be #1 on Billboard. Kimbra got the with “Somebody that I used to know” with Gautier, and OMC made it with “How Bizarre”

    All credit to Lorde though; she is an outstanding talent.

    • toaster2

      Not so fast Keeping Stock,Somebody That I Used To Know” is a song written and recorded by Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra.It wasn’t her song. Also How Bizarre was only released to radio and not as a retail single and therefore was not allowed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100; however, it charted on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 not on the Billboard hot 100. Check your facts first KS before you correct others

  • I hope she is and remains well grounded. I fear for her ah la Cyrus and Bieber style.

  • Kendall

    And she did it without getting her kit off. Makes it a true achievement not like Cyrus.

  • Col

    I like her music, and started hearing her a few months ago, thought that sounds good, now I know who she is, just makes me feel good when Kiwis down under can do these great things.