Lorde: Peer Pressure

lorde3 You don’t find many teenagers in the entertainment business who can actually relate to the lives of the average everyday teen. Young musicians who have reached a level of fame and fortune often lose their sense of what’s happening on the “ground below.” Their time is now occupied with photo shoots, headlining concerts and signing autographs for fans. Unfortunately, it becomes much harder for them to stay level-headed and understand their peers. Lorde, a seventeen year old singer is much different than most.

In her music, she sings verses about the general aspects of being a teen, she acknowledges bullying, being popular or being the outcast. This makes sense because if you think about it those issues are the topic of teen discussions. In her hit song “Royals,” Lorde speaks for her fans, she pushes away the usual content about exploiting diamonds on chains and riding in Maybach’s, instead she sings: “We don’t care. We’re not caught up in your love affair.”

Lorde1 (1)For the past five years teens from all over New Zealand and some parts of America have experienced the sounds of genuine lyrics from the singer and songwriter. Since the age of 12 she’s been writing exactly how she feels. She stands out because she seems to be very wise for her age or she just manages to stay in tuned with what’s taking place outside of Hollywood.

According to reports, there was always something special about Ms. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, as a child she knew what her special purpose was. She’s always been a fictional  writer, who put her basic writing skills to the test and began developing lyrics for songs. She inherited her writing abilities honestly because her mother was a poet. As cliché as this sounds, the rest was really history for Lorde. She is also responsible for coming up with her stage name.

“I thought ‘Lord’ was super rad, but really masculine – so to make Lord more feminine I added an e,” Lorde told Interview Magazine, an online magazine for the pop culture. She signed a development deal with Universal Records at 12 years old and worked diligently on her five-track EP, “The Love Club,” which was placed on the internet for free. Most artists give out a lot of things for free, but not their debut EP’s. And that made Lorde even more transparent by not requiring for her supporters to pull a credit card from their backpacks in an effort to enjoy good music.

lorde4Lorde released the dramatic single, ‘Royals,” which sat at the top of New Zealand’s music chart for four straight months. New York Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio used the song as his victory tune on November 6th in Manhattan’s Park Slope. “Royals,” is currently the No. 1 song in the United States and it is listed on the Billboard magazine’s Top 100.

As a teenager  (and even as an adult) fame can be more than overwhelming. In reality teens are worried about homework, hanging with friends and regular downtime. Lorde managed to approach her music projects the same way that she would tackle a class assignment.

She has received many A’s because of her creativity and uniqueness. Her music is unbelievably related to truth. Her voice has a jazzy, but edgy mix similar to singer Adele, and her lyrics resembles her idol, playwright and publisher T.S. Eliot.

lorde6

In an Huffington Post article, the video for “Royals,” was described as haunting and a feminist video, but Lorde expressed if people are talking about her work she’s gotta be doing something right.

Lorde revealed her take on popular music artists that have a different approach to their music. “Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey,” Lorde told Interview Magazine. “They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, it’s completely irrelevant.” And where the youngster felt there was a void, she developed content and continues to highlight the true meaning of being a teenager in 2013. For Lorde, this year’s accomplishments also includes performing on the David Letterman Show, heading a MOMA benefit with Chanel and she is listed as one of Time Magazine’s most influential teenagers, not to mention a $2.5 million publishing deal with Songs Music. There is also talk of her writing content for music artist The Weeknd and LA-based DJ, Producer and Rapper Diplo.

-Gabby Pack