Interview: Lorde Talks Heartbreak, Being A ‘Real’ Singer


Think you really know Grammy-nominee Lorde? Check the breakdown on the “Royals” singer.

Name: Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor
Born: November 7, 1996
Hometown: Devonport, New Zealand
Claim to fame: “Royals,” Pure Heroine
Birth of “Lorde”: I just liked the idea of taking a hard, masculine, aristocratic title and turning it into a soft feminine word
Influences for Pure Heroine LP: Sleigh Bells, jj (Swedish pop group), Prince, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic
Biggest splurge: A queen-sized bed. I’ve been sleeping in a shitty single my whole life
Food order to-go: I like sushimi, but just Japanese food in general
First heartbreak: I don’t know if I’ve had a first heartbreak
Most desirable talent: Speaking other languages, probably Spanish and French
First song I ever wrote: I think it’s a Kiss reference, but [“Dope Ghost”] was about this girl in my year that had gone off the rails
Staple fashion piece: A metal, silver collar with a huge crystal attached to it from this punk shop in New York
Why I’m about to blow: It’s important in the entertainment industry to have someone who is a little bit more real. That’s what people appreciate about me and what I do. People my age are like, “We have someone we feel is saying things that are real.” The pop world is like, “Whoa, what’s going on?” but it’s all good. I’m going from being someone that no one knows about to having a little bit more of a voice.

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