I'd like to think that George Harrison wrote his 1971 chart-topper "My Sweet Lord" about New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, but there are a few problems with that thought. First, Lorde spells her name with an "e" at the end. Secondly, although "My Sweet Lord" did top the charts in Lorde's native New Zealand, Harrison recorded and released the song more than 25 years before she was born, so it's impossible — unless you believe in time travel or George had the power to predict the future.
But enough with my silly attempts to rewrite rock history for kicks. If you'd like to learn some actual facts about Lorde, read on while I search for a way to link Miley Cyrus to Ringo Starr!
1. Lorde's real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, which doesn't exactly roll of your tongue. No wonder she opted a one syllable stage name.
2. She was just nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year and Best Pop Sol Performance for "Royals," and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine. Strangely, she wasn't nominated for Best New Artist.
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3. In August 2013, "Royals" topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, making her the first female solo act to do so in 17 years, when Tracy Bonham did so with "Mother Mother" in 1996 ... the same year that Lorde was born.
4. When "Royals" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 she made history as the first New Zealand solo artist ever to top the U.S. singles chart.
5. Her mother, Sonja Yelich, is a prize-winning poet in New Zealand, who's had her work showcased in the Best New Zealand Poems series four times in the last decade. She was also awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 2010 that allows her to write full-time at the Sargeson Centre along with a $40,000 annual stipend. Her last collection focused on an American Marine in Iraq.
6. When Lorde was just 14, her mom asked her to proofread her 40,000-word Master's thesis. Her mom, who still calls her daughter "Ella," said she did "an incredible job."
7. Her father is a civil engineer.
8. After Lorde performed a cover of Duffy's "Warwick Avenue" with her friend Louie McDonald at her middle school talent show, McDonald's father sent a recording of it a to an A&R scout. Lorde was just 12 at the time. That A&R man, Scott Maclachlan, is now Lorde's manager.
9. Her song "Tennis Court" was played during BBC Sport's coverage of this year's 2013 Wimbledon Championships — Women's Singles Final.
10. When that song debuted at No.1 on the New Zealand singles chart in June, she became the first artist ever to have four songs in the top 20 in her home country.
11. Tears For Fears' Curt Smith approves of her cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," which is included on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. On Sunday night at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, Lorde and Smith both performed; however, Smith did "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" with Portugal. The Man, who were also on the bill. Go figure.
12. Lorde has cited Kanye West as an influence and covers his song "Hold My Liquor," as part of her live set. Also in September, the two met backstage when they both performed on the U.K. TV show "Later...With Jools Holland." West told her he was a fan of her work. She's also a big fan of Nicki Minaj.
13. She made Time magazine's list of the 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013 alongside fellow country-woman golfer Lydia Ko, Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, heroic female-education activist Malala Yousafzai, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and some guy named Justin Bieber.
14. Lorde isn't sure when she'll graduate high school. She still has more than a year's work to do and doesn't have any plans for college at the moment.
15. In November she joined Valley girl sisters Haim on a cover of Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough" at a taping of VH1's You Oughta Know concert special.
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16. Also in November, New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio used "Royals" as his walk-in music for his victory speech.
17. Another November highlight: Lorde signed a $2.5 million publishing deal with Songs Music Publishing after a heated bidding war for her services.
18. She doesn't like doing interviews or being photographed.
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