Women Music March 2021 – Day 14 – Lorde

Lorde performing onstage against a purple background
Lorde

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (born November 7, 1996), known professionally as Lorde (pronounced “lord”), is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Taking inspiration from aristocracy for her stage name, she is known for employing unconventional musical styles and introspective songwriting. Lorde’s music is primarily electropop and contains elements of subgenres such as dream pop and indie-electro.

Born in the Auckland suburb of Takapuna and raised in neighbouring Devonport, Lorde expressed interest in performing at local venues in her early teens. She signed with Universal Music Group (UMG) in 2009 and collaborated with producer Joel Little in 2011 to start recording material. Initially self-released in 2012 for free download on SoundCloud, UMG commercially released the pair’s first collaborative effort, an extended play (EP) titled The Love Club, in 2013. The EP’s international chart-topping single “Royals” helped Lorde rise to prominence.

Her debut studio album Pure Heroine was released that same year to critical and commercial success. The following year, Lorde curated the soundtrack for the 2014 film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and recorded several tracks, including the single “Yellow Flicker Beat”. Her second studio album Melodrama (2017) received widespread critical acclaim and debuted atop the US Billboard 200.

Discography: 2 albums from 2013 – 2017

One thing to share:
Lorde has been involved in several philanthropic causes. “The Love Club” was included in the 2013 charity album Songs for the Philippines to support the people in the Philippines who suffered from Typhoon Haiyan. In 2015, Lorde recorded “Team Ball Player Thing”, a charity single, as part of the supergroup Kiwis Cure Batten. All sales from the song went towards research for the cure of Batten disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Later that year, the singer was featured in the compilation album The Art of Peace: Songs for Tibet II to raise funds for the preservation of the Tibetan culture. The following year, Lorde made a NZ$20,000 donation to Fuel the Need, a New Zealand charity that provides lunches for underprivileged schoolchildren. In 2018, she donated NZ$5,000 to Starship Hospital to fund the purchase of “five new portable neurology monitors.” Lorde became a patron of MusicHelps, formerly the New Zealand Music Foundation, a musical charity helping New Zealanders who are vulnerable to or experiencing serious health issues, in November 2018.

Source: wikipedia

22 Comments Add yours

  1. hanspostcard says:

    love her debut album- the second one was pretty good.. should be due for a new one?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Now that things are opening up again, maybe so 🙂

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      1. hanspostcard says:

        Don’t forget Wendy O. Williams during your March feature!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Will add her to next year’s list. Was she formerly Wendy Carlos?

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          1. hanspostcard says:

            No- The Plastmatics singer– look up when you get the change The Plasmatics on Tom Snider’s Show….

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Oh my! Great Outfits! Will have to look at more later!

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              1. hanspostcard says:

                I think Tom had a crush on her..lol…. i loved when they sawed a car in half or whatever they did.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  Her looks and behavior appeals to a certain segment of the population. Didn’t get that far into the video. Something to look forward to 🙂

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  2. Aphoristical says:

    New Zealand! She’s really good – only NZer to have a #1 hit single in the USA. Hopefully she has a third
    Album this year.

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      1. Aphoristical says:

        Although Kimbra also made number one as a feature artist.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Who is Kimbra? Another female artist I need to cover 🙂

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          1. Aphoristical says:

            She guested in a song called Someone That I Used To Know. She hasn’t really made that much impact as a solo artist though.

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  3. Oh, Lorde, another female music artist I’m afraid I only know by name! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Steve for the Deaf wrote on her awhile back and I liked what I heard. I see what you did there 🙂

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    The reason I know her…other than other bloggers… is because she covered a Replacements song called Swingin’ Party…it was a hit .

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I really like her voice and I really like her sass. Cool that she picked one of the Replacements songs to cover. I hope they get royalties from it.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Oh yea the writer Westerberg would…She has a memorable voice. I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far.

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  5. Dave says:

    One of the rarities… a young artist who’s come along in the last decade that I both know some music by and like said music. She seems to be talented and have her head on right too. I hope we’ll continue to hear from her

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes. Hans mentioned hoping she has a new album this year. I want a new one from Mitski also 🙂

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  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    She’s like the whole enchilada, my dream enchilada, of what a collaborative life can be like: she’s creative, doing her music, and helping the world while she does it. To me, that’s an almost perfect life.

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