Lorde, whose birth name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, was born November 7, 1996 in Takapuna, New Zealand. She developed an interest in music as a child while growing up in Auckland, and Universal Music Group signed her as an artist when she was in her teens. The company paired her with record producer and songwriter Joel Little. Little has produced and co-written the majority of her songs. She was also paired with vocal coach Frances Dickinson, who gave her lessons two times per week for a year. Despite working with other songwriters, Lorde found the most success after reading fiction and learning to put words together on her own.

The Love Club EP, released in March 2013, was her first release and also a self-release. It reached number two on New Zealand’s and Australia’s charts. Later that year, she released the single “Royals”, which hit number one in the U.S. and abroad — making Lorde the only New Zealander and the youngest solo artist (since Tiffany in 1987) to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

At the end of 2013, her first studio album Pure Heroine was released. Reaching number three on the US Billboard 200, it also hit number one in New Zealand and Australia. In 2014, Lorde released “Yellow Flicker Beat”, which was a single on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack. On March 2, 2017, the title of her sophomore album, Melodrama, was released as well as her debut single, “Green Light”.

A fascination with royals and aristocracy inspired her to choose her stage name. She added the “e” at the end to make the title more feminine. Having won two Grammy Awards, ten New Zealand Music Awards and a Brit Award, Lorde’s music is often described as indietronica, electropop, and indie-electro.