Rising 16-year-old singer/songwriter Lorde recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Lorde discussed her upcoming debut album, Pure Heroine, the common themes in her music, how her music stands out from other teenage artists, and writing her hit single "Royals."
"I feel like there aren't that many people my age with a realistic view of what's it like to be my age," said Lorde. "A lot of the teenagers in the entertainment industry maybe aren't as accurate. … I talk about social situations and the nature of feeling lonely and feeling [nostalgic]."
Born Ella Yelich-O'Connor on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand, Lorde cites artists such as James Blake, Etta James, Fleetwood Mac, and Otis Redding as influences. Discovered by her current manager and Universal Music New Zealand A&R rep Scott Maclachlan at age 12, Lorde was subsequently signed to the label at age 13. In 2012 Lorde released her debut EP, The Love Club EP. The five-track EP reached No. 23 on the Billboard 200, spurred by the hit "Royals," which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lorde's debut solo album is set for release on Sept. 30. Produced by Joel Little, Pure Heroine features 10 tracks co-written by Lorde, including "Royals" and "Tennis Court." Lorde is currently in the midst of an international tour with dates scheduled through February 2014.