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Hi, readers! Let's talk about Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O'Connor, and this week's guest artist in Framed.

Ella hails from New Zealand, an island nation on the other side of the world. We learn from her bio that she was spotted at the age of 12 by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan... and we're not here to ask a lot of questions, but, hmm. In any case, she was signed to a label and "began working with songwriters" when she was 14.

Lorde is now 16, by the way. We know you're dying to know about her stage name -- hell, so were we!-- so here's what she's said:

“When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord’ was super rad, but really masculine — ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy. So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e’ on the end! Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not.”

OK, Lorde. Er, good explanation.

Speaking of super rad, our video this week is, of course, Lorde's very catchy "Royals." The tune, in which she sings of her station in life, has already hit #1 on the U.S. Alt Rock charts. We have no doubt you'll like it, too, so sit, click, and read on.

Important blog note! Framed has to take next week off, because Framed is moving! Yes, after many years in our Simi Valley manse, we're headed to a simple beach town in Southern California. It is there we'll gaze at the ocean, whittle, and tell yarns to the young people.

See you in two weeks!

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1 -- "Frankly, the number of people begging me 'their soul to take' is disturbing."

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2 -- The Invisible Man's sleep was a restless sleep!

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3 -- It had been asking too many awkward questions. Thus, it was curtains for the wall.

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4 -- "What a dream! I was invisible and some singer girl was God!"

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5 -- Time/Warner is rockin' all the channels!

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6 -- Once Dwight Howard discovered stilts, he was truly unstoppable!

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7 -- And on the fortieth night, God said, "What the heck am I doing? I like people!"

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8 -- "But the other blogs are lice-free!"

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9 -- "Wow. The songs are even better in the original New Zealandish."

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10 -- "Where the heck is Flipper?"

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11 -- "My shrink is right. I've gotta stop beating myself up."

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12 -- Just then, the video, everyone in it, and all the readers simply fell asleep!

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