Lorde Profile

aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor
Gabe McDonnell
23 Aug 2018

There’s Beyonce. There’s Kimbra and Robyn, there’s Bjork. Then there’s the Holy 80s Triumvirate: Prince, Madonna, Bowie (okay, technically not Bowie, but he floats above the rulebook). In 2013 New Zealand added Lorde to the gallery of One Name Stars. Like all great millennial pop discoveries, one week she wasn’t there, the next her name was pinging on phones and dropped in conversations.

Ella Yelich-O’Connor chose her stage name because she was fascinated by royalty and lists of long-gone kings and queens. She was born 7 November 1996, the second child of Sonia and Victor: a poet and an engineer who encouraged their four kids to be curious and creative and provided ample opportunities to let this happen. “Yelich” comes from her mother’s Croatian heritage; Dad provided some Irish blood. 

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Lorde - Tennis Court (2013)
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Lorde on the edge of the stage, April 2017
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Lorde at Laneway, Auckland, 2014
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Lorde at Coachella, April 2017.
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Lorde, backstage, March 2018
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Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (from Hunger Games, 2014)
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Lorde soundchecks with dance troupe, 2018
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Poster for the Australian dates of Lorde's 2013 Pure Heroine tour. 
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Top of the world, ma: Lorde and novelist Eleanor Catton in New York, 6 November 2013. Lorde had just reached No.1 in the US charts for 'Royals' and Catton was recently awarded the Man Booker Prize. Lorde is reading Anne Carson's poetry collection 'Glass, Irony, and God' - a gift from Catton. The moment was captured by Lorde's mother.
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Joel Little and Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) receive the award for 'Royals' being the most-performed work overseas in 2013-2014, presented by Mike Chunn, former Apra NZ head of operations. 
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Lorde performs at Coachella festival, California, 2017
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Lorde in a behind the scenes still from the video shoot for Yellow Flicker Beat, her track from the hit movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
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Lorde - Royals (2013)
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Lorde on the cover of Elle magazine for its "women in music" issue, June 2017. Photo by Mark Seliger
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Artwork for the cover of Lorde's Melodrama album, by Sam McKinniss, 2017. 
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Lorde's Grammy award and stage attire form part of the Volume exhibition, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 2016
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Lorde performs at the Bonaroo Festival, June 2017
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Lorde on the cover of Clash magazine 2013
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Lorde, the day her Melodrama album went No.1 in the United States, 27 June 2017
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Lorde makes her debut on the cover of Rolling Stone, 30 January 2014. 
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Lorde performs at Auckland's Laneway festival, 2014
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Lorde with Jack Antonoff, who produced and co-wrote several tracks on the Melodrama album. 
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Lorde - Perfect Places (2017)
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Lorde makes the cover of Rolling Stone for the second time, 1 June 2017.
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Lorde and lightshow, 2018 tour. 
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A few days after 'Royals' reached No.1 in the US charts, on 6 November 2013 Lorde met New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton in a New York hotel. Catton, born in Canada and based in New Zealand since she was six, had just been awarded the Man Booker prize for her book 'The Luminaries'. 
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Ella Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde) and Louis at Devonstock - Auckland, 2010. 
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Lorde and Taylor Swift, February 2014
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Lorde scoots backstage, 2018
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Also on the lineup for the “North America Dance” of Lorde's Melodrama World Tour in 2017 were Run the Jewels, Tove Styrke, and Mitski
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Lorde performs on her 2017 tour. 
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Lorde - Green Light (2017)
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Becoming Lorde (2013)
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Lorde says farewell at the end of her US tour, April 2018.
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Lorde and her audience at a concert in California, 2018
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A US fan offers Lorde a bridge over troubled water, 2018.
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Lorde - Team (2013)
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Lorde - Pure Heroine (2013)
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The artwork for the remix of Lorde's Homemade Dynamite, which featured guest vocals by Khalid, Post Malone and SZA. 
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Lorde - Royals (2013, US version)
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Lorde, "making angel faces on set", 2013. 
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