Lorde and Jack Antonoff both ''love pop songs''.
The 33-year-old musician has joined forces with the brunette beauty on her 'Don't Take The Money' single, as well as other tracks on her recent album, and Antonoff - who is also known as AKA Bleachers - believes the pair get on well because they share a similar interest in music.
Speaking about the 20-year-old powerhouse in NME magazine, he said: ''Well, everybody differs because everybody has something they want to say and a different space they want to occupy.
Continue reading: Lorde And Jack Antonoff Both 'love' Pop Music
Lorde was in a rock band called 'Extreme' when she was 12-years-old.
Lorde was in a rock band in school.
The 'Green Light' hitmaker has revealed she started her music career as part of a band called Extreme when she was 12-years-old but admits they didn't make it very far.
She told Radio X: ''I mean, because I started all of this when I was like 14,15 so I didn't have a lot of gig history before that. But I was in a band when I was like at school called Extreme. It was a rock band.
Continue reading: Lorde's School Rock Band
She will also return with her second album 'Melodrama' this summer.
Three years after she released her last single, Lorde has returned with a brand new original tune entitled 'Green Light'. It's the first song from her long-anticipated second album, and explores what has been a whirlwind last couple of years for the superstar.
Lorde unveils new song 'Green Light'
Co-written and co-produced by Jack Antonoff, the song and much of the album was recorded at his home studio in Brooklyn. 'Green Light' is largely based on a relationship breakdown, but Lorde doesn't want people to think of it as a regular break-up song.
Continue reading: Lorde Is Finally Back With Her First Single In Three Years 'Green Light'
The birthday girl was made to feel super special this week.
Squad goals, indeed! Lorde received pretty much the best 20th birthday party ever when pal Taylor Swift decided to take it upon herself to organise it. In fact, we'd say this almost beats Kendall Jenner's 21st. Almost; I mean, we're still reeling from the fact a stranger gave Kendall a Rolls Royce.
Lorde turns 20 in style
The 'Team' singer turned 20 on Monday (November 7th 2016) and to celebrate, Taylor took her to Carbone (or ZZ's Clam Bar, reports are vague) in New York City to eat and party. Guests included the likes of Aziz Ansari, Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, Jack Antonoff and Mae Whitman while celebrations included balloons, party hats, cake - the whole shebang.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's Party For Lorde Is Ultimate Squad Goals
Mike Garson opens up about the late legend's opinions on the songstress.
David Bowie had plenty of opinions about modern pop music, not least that he had the deepest respect for 'Royals' hitmaker Lorde who performed a tribute to him at the 2016 Brit Awards; in fact, he thought she was 'the future' according to his longtime pianist Mike Garson.
David Bowie was a Lorde fan
The feminist singer has become somewhat of a role model for young women everywhere, though her powerful image and unique vocals haven't gone unnoticed from the older generation. During a live conversation with fans on his Periscope Q&A session, Mike Garson revealed that David Bowie was a huge fan of Lorde.
Continue reading: David Bowie Named Lorde The 'Future Of Music'
Annie Lennox, Gary Oldman and Lorde all paid tribute to the late icon in a special segment at the end of Wednesday night's Brit Awards.
The 2016 Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night, saw the late pop legend honoured with a Brits Icon Award presented by Oldman, followed by a performance of ‘Life On Mars?’ which saw Lorde supported by Bowie’s backing band. Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox presented the award near the end of the evening, which Bowie’s friend Oldman accepted on his behalf.
Continue reading: David Bowie's Son Praises Brit Awards Tribute
Coldplay, Justin Bieber, One Direction and James Bay were the other big winners at the 2016 Brit Awards in London.
Adele dominated at this year’s Brit Awards, taking home four of the biggest awards of the night in addition to her show-stopping performance of new single ‘When We Were Young’ at the end of the evening.
The 27 year old Tottenham-born singer was named best British Female Solo Artist at the start of the ceremony, and her night only got better from that point onwards, as she also netted the Global Success Award, best British Single for ‘Hello’ and the evening’s most prestigious prize, best British Album for 25.
Adele’s acceptance speeches were among the viral moments of the evening, as she became increasingly lost for words as the evening went on. “To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much,” she said, “I got really lost for a while and I didn't know if I'd ever come back. For you all to be so kind to me is so nice.”
Continue reading: Adele Sweeps Brit Awards With Four Victories
Taylor Swift managed to remain calm and laugh despite being ‘stuck’ on a moveable prop whilst on performing in Washington D.C.
Taylor Swift kept calm despite being ‘stuck’, many feet above the floor, on a moveable prop. The 25-year-old ‘Bad Blood’ singer was performing on her 1989 tour in Washington D.C. on Monday (13th July) when a moveable platform she as standing on froze and she was left stranded in the air. The professional as always, Swift laughed the incident off and continued performing despite the unusual situation.
Taylor Swift performing on her 1989 tour in Glasgow.
Lorde was recently shown in a an episode of the show 'South Park', and she seems far happier than you'd expect from that sort of news.
In a recent episode of the outrageous television series 'South Park', the creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone turned their sights on the 17-year-old New Zealand singer, Lorde. During a two-episode arc, it was revealed the Lorde was, in fact, 45-year-old geologist named Randy Marsh who also served as the father for the show's main character.
Lorde has joined the ranks of many celebrities parodied by South Park
Lorde is the most recent of many celebrities to be parodied in 'South Park'. In the past, the show has included caricatures of Mel Gibson, James Cameron, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson taking on stupid and often offensive roles. One example is the episode 'Trapped in the Closet', in which Tom Cruise hides in a closet and refuses to leave for the entire episode.
Continue reading: Lorde: 'Take That Haters; I Got A 'South Park' Episode'
With the end of the MTV VMAs, Miley Cyrus won 'Video of the Year', while Beyonce managed to win the VMA lifetime achievement award.
The results for MTV's Video Music Awards are in, with a mixture of the surprising and the obvious. Perhaps the two most important awards of the night, 'Video of the Year' and the 'Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award', also came with the most touching responses from the winners.
Beyonce won the 'Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award', as well as 'Best Collaboration' with husband, Jay Z.
Miley Cyrus came away with the most obviously big award of the evening - the Video of the Year award. She won it for the song 'Wrecking Ball', beating Beyonce ft. Jay Z's 'Drunk In Love' and Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'. She then went on to give her acceptance speech to a young homeless man named Jesse. He delivered a heart-felt message about the troubles of homeless youths currently living in the US.
Continue reading: Results For MTV VMAs See Miley Cyrus And Beyonce As The Primary Winners
The 17 year-old has definitely seen "a diamond in the flesh" after her father proposed to her mother while visiting Niagara Falls.
The parents of New Zealand's teenage star, Lorde, are finally engaged.
Only one year after the 17 year-old star bust onto the music scene with the chart-topping hit 'Royals,' their family is celebrating again.
After being together for 30 years, Lorde's mother and father are finally set to walk down the aisle.
Continue reading: Lorde's Parents Are Finally Engaged After 30 Year Relationship
The 17 year-old singer/songwriter shared a photo of the photographer on Twitter and wrote, "I am scared of him."
Lorde isn't a fan of the paparazzi.
The 17 year-old songstress took to social media to accuse a photographer of stalking her.
Lorde, who is the first New Zealand solo act to have a No.1 single in the US, identified the paparazzo as Simon Runting, who is native of her homeland.
Continue reading: Lorde Identifies "Stalking" Photographer On Twitter
Is Sheezus an homage or a diss to the first ladies of pop music?
Lily Allen really wants you to know she’s over pop culture – or some parts of it anyway. In her new single and video, Sheezus, she name checks everyone from Lorde to Beyonce and even seems to be referencing Kanye West. Allen’s digs at her fellow pop stars are harmless enough – “RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring, Queen B’s gone back to the drawing/ Lorde smells blood, yeah, she’s about to slay you...” and it goes on along those lines for a couple of choruses. The theme seems to be “battle of the divas”, where Allen declares “Second best will never cut it for the divas/Give me the crown, b****, I wanna be Sheezus” like some technicolor female version of Kendrick Lamar.
Like so many before her, Lily Allen is "coming for the throne."
The song has a heavier bass line than we’re used to hearing from the typically poppy Allen, but the lyrics are pretty catchy. Thankfully it’s lighter on the AutoTune than her last few singles.
Lorde has cancelled her Australian tour.
Teenage phenomenon and Royals hitmaker Lorde has been forced to cancel her scheduled tour of Australia after suffering a chest infection. The singer will return to New Zealand for "immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year," according to a statement issued by Melbourne-based promoter Frontier Touring.
Lorde Performing At The BRITS
Following the announcement, Lord tweeted that she was suffering from a "really nasty chest infection" and was in "general ill health."
Continue reading: Chest Infection Forces Lorde To Cancel Entire Australian Tour
Eminem and Pearl Jam are named as headliners for Austin City Limits Music Festival first weekend.
Eminem and Pearl Jam are just two of the big name acts chosen to headline the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. Hosted in Austin, Texas, the three date event is scheduled to take place October 3rd-5th, with a second weekend from October 10th-12th. Lorde has been billed to headline the second weekend.
Rapper Eminem is among the headliners for ACL Music Festival's first weekend
This will be the 13th year of the ACL Music Festival, with other headliners for the first weekend including Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Lana Del Ray and Foster the People.
Taylor Swift has more celebrity BFFs than most of us have pairs of underwear. But who does she count among her celeb posse?
Taylor Swift is like the girl at high school who knows absolutely everybody, but you're not quite sure how. She seems to move just as easily from friendship group to friendship group just as quickly as it takes for her to say, “Hey girlfriend!” But who does Taylor Swift count among her many celebrity BFFs?
Taylor has more celebrity BFFs than she has American Music awards!
Taylor and Selena Gomez are always snapped together at various awards ceremonies. The pair originally met backstage at a Jonas Brothers’ concert and have became fast friends. “So much about our lives have changed over the last couple of years, but our friendship has stayed the same”, Taylor has said. Although she’s not the best option to give boyfriend advice, perhaps Taylor can offer Selena some wise words when it comes to her beau, Justin Bieber.
Continue reading: The Many Celebrity BFFs Of Taylor Swift
The 17 year-old songstress finally met the baseball player from the National Geographic photo she used as inspiration when writing 'Royals.'
Lorde burst onto the world's music scene last summer with her smash hit 'Royals.'
But when the New Zealand native was writing the No.1 track, she wasn't thinking about certain individuals' bloodlines like England's Prince William and Prince Harry's.
Lorde's inspiration came from retired baseball star George Brett, and on Tuesday (April 15th) she finally met the former Kansas City Royals third baseman at her Las Vegas concert.
Continue reading: Lorde Finally Meets Baseball Star Who Inspired Hit Track 'Royals'
In a week overshadowed by the death of Peaches Geldof, Mickey Rooney & Ultimate Warrior, we sought solace in action movies and rock music.
"#RIPPeaches": So went the hashtag that thousands of Twitter users used to pay tribute to the late Peaches Geldof, who was found dead in her Kent home on Monday with her baby son playing nearby. It's still not known how the 25 year-old mother-of-two suddenly passed away but her distraught family, including father Bob Geldof, have been given the body to plan a funeral whilst the toxicology test results come back. The Boomtown Rats star also lead the tributes to his "beautiful" daughter - read here. Peaches Geldof: 1989 - 2014.
Farewell Mickey Rooney: Screen legend and former child star Mickey Rooney passed away last Sunday at home in California after a long illness. Known for his unforgettable roles in Night at the Museum, Breakfast at Tiffany's and National Velvet, the 93 year-old was still making plans to appear in more movies and lived up to his positive "Don't retire - inspire" mantra. An ugly dispute over Rooney's burial and will has erupted since the death but will hopefully soon be calmed so that Hollywood can honour one of its most prolific figures. Read our obituary here. Mickey Rooney: 1920 - 2014.
Emma Watson, Lorde and Lena Dunham are among the new breed of young female role models, fighting back against the unrealistic standards that have been set for women.
Female celebrities can’t escape the title of ‘feminist’ or ‘role model’ these days, but it is a fact that they have a lot of influence. Whether they notice it or not, young women absorb the media’s portrayal of celebs, who seem rarely aware of how much power they yield. A passing quote can be empowering or confidence destroying, inspiring or totally disparaging.
Emma Watson wants her young female fans to know that it takes work to look 'perfect'
Kate Moss is a prime example of this. Moss famously remarked “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, which has become a mantra to weight-obsessive girls who see it as justification for eating very little to remain thin. Fortunately, the younger generation of celebrities recognise their influence over young fans, perhaps because they themselves have grown up in a society with poor female role models, excessive photoshopping and unrealistic body image.
Continue reading: Emma Watson, Lorde, Lena Dunham: The New Young Female Role Models
Lorde has spoken out against photoshop, explaining "flaws are OK". These other celebrities agree and also opt for au naturel when it comes to their photo shoots.
One of the reasons that we love Lorde so much is that she defies the usual standards of celebrity. The 17 year old has previously posted photos of herself on her Instagram account with a caption explaining she is wearing acne cream in the pic.
'Royals' singer Lorde has spoken out against photoshopping
Recently the ‘Royals’ singer shared two photographs of herself from Lollapalooza music festival in Santiago, Chile. One photograph of her had been photoshopped to smooth over her skin, while the other was natural. Lorde commented on the photos, ‘i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)’.
Continue reading: Lorde, Brad Pitt And Other Celebrities Who Say No To Photoshop
The New Zealand singer warned against the fake perfection of Photoshop.
Today, Lorde has tried to prove to her fans that Photoshop perfection is not something to aspire to and that "flaws are ok" in selfies and photos. To illustrate her point, the singer posted two photos of herself performing at one concert on Twitter, one of which had been edited to perfection and the other showed off the young pop star's natural look.
Lorde Has Publically Spoken Out Against Her Photos Being Digitally Retouched.
"i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)" the 17 year-old singer captioned the shot. She received an outpouring of support and gratitude from her fans, many of which are also teenagers themselves, who praised her for her realistic attitude towards her own image.
Continue reading: Lorde Calls Out Airbrushing On Her Own Photo: "Remember Flaws Are Ok"
Lorde's just bagged a collaboration with MAC cosmetics, so is she our new fashion trend setter?
In the past few months our ears and eyes haven’t been able to escape 17 year old New Zealand singer Lorde, the ‘Royals’ songstress is everywhere and picking up her fair share of awards along the way. Along with being recognised for her sound there's also her unique style that's been getting attention. Actually, her place among the current style icons was cemented on Tuesday when her collaboration with MAC cosmetics was announced. So what is it that’s making the teenaged singer fashion’s new pop star royalty?
Black dress, dark lipstick, big hair, it's the Lorde look
Since the release of her debut album ‘Heroine’ back in September, Lorde has firmly put herself at the front of our musical consciousness in 2014. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, as her family knows her, has so far won two Grammys, a MTV Europe music award and a Brit award for international solo female artist. All this she’s done whilst showing off her deeply individual style, which gives more than a few nods to gothic-chic.
Continue reading: Lorde: Fashion's New Royalty?
Taylor Swift has many Instagram friends including Karlie Kloss.
Taylor Swift and model Karlie Kloss went on a road trip together, how do we know this? Through looking at Taylor’s Instagram page, of course! Ms Swift’s Instagram is fast become the most star studded yet as the singer shows off her impressive list of friends. So just who has Taylor been paling with on Instagram and who’s next?
So who are Taylor Swift's famous instagram friends?
Taylor kicked off her celeb posing on Instagram with the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. Now we’re not saying that the young pop star and legendary ‘Born in the USA’ singer had a brief moment of BBF-ness after he surprised her at one of her shows in 2011. But after snapping herself with Springsteen, Taylor seemed to catch on that two celebs are better than one when sharing your Instagram pics. Another famous musicians to get the Swift Instagram share is Jon Bon Jovi, with who she shared a picture of herself dueting, which really is just showing off.
Continue reading: The Full List Of Taylor Swift's Instagram BFFs, Including Karlie Kloss
According to statistical data released by Nielsen SoundScan, sells for Lorde's first album has surpassed a million copies.
Lorde has officially become the first music entertainer to have a debut album reach more than a million in sells since October. The singer is also the first woman to reach over a million copies for a debut album since Adele in April 2011. The album is currently sitting at number six on the Billboard 200 charts right behind Beyonce's album.
Lorde's debut album sells over a million copies.
If this news is anythign to go by, women singers may be off to a good start this year in terms of album sells. Beyonce ended 2013 as the only woman to sell a million album copies. However, for the year 2014 Lorde is the second woman to have over a million albums sold. Katy Perry's second album "PRISM" also sold over a million copies.
Continue reading: Lorde's Debut Album `Pure Heroine' Reaches Over A Million Copies Sold
Coachella is litterally the hottest festival of the year, so if you're off to soak in the sun, here's 10 acts you really can't afford to miss.
The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take to Coachella’s sun soaked stage. From the relatively new wave makers like Lorde and Bastille to heavyweights such as Muse and of course the reunited Outkast there is something for everyone in the Californian sun. In order to really whet your appetite, we’re running down the 10 acts you simply cannot afford to miss at this year’s Coachella Festival.
Beck will be preforming at this year's Coachella festival
Continue reading: Coachella Festival 2014: Your Guide To This Year's Lineup
As Lorde wins the BRIT award for Best International Female we take a closer look at the 17 year old New Zealand pop sensation.
There’s been a ton of buzz around New Zealand singer and songwriter, Lorde, since her first EP The Love Club came out in November 2012. The first single off the EP, Royals, made it to number one in the pop charts in both New Zealand and the US, which means that the 17 year old pop star (yes, she’s just 17 years old which is something to think about for all of us out there who are much older and still don’t have any number one singles) can now proudly claim to be the first New Zealander ever to have topped the US charts.
Lorde doesn't bother dressing up to the nines like the average teenage popstar
But who is Lorde? The sultry star seemingly popped up out of nowhere and is now picking up awards and accolades left, right and centre, including last night winning the much coveted BRIT award for Best International Female before going on to then party the night away alongside fellow pop stars Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding.
Continue reading: Lorde: What You Need To Know About The 'Royals' Singer
If you've been paying any attention to the music industry lately, last night's Grammy awards held few surprises. Here are the highlights.
In what has to have been the most lively Grammy Awards ceremony in years, Daft Punk predictably went home with the top honors. The perennially silent robots won both Album of the Year for their Random Access Memories and Song of the Year, for the Pharell Williams collaboration Get Lucky. Taking the stage to accept the first award, the ever theatrically minded Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter kept mum, while collaborator and two-time Grammy award winner Paul Williams spoke for them. Opting for the classic “start with a joke” advice, Williams said: “Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there… and then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
The robots looked sharp on the red carpet - as sharp as anyone can, while wearing a blacked out helmet, that is.
Williams also expressed the robots’ pleasure at witnessing 33 same sex couples get married onstage to the tune of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Same Love earlier in the night: “All that love is fantastic.”
Continue reading: As Predicted, Daft Punk, Macklemore And Lorde Win Big At The Grammys
Here are our predictions for the major categories.
The Grammy Awards are known as the biggest night in music, the music industry equivalent to the Oscars. Unlike the Oscars, however, the Grammys are much more accepting of newcommers and in fact, the award show airing this Sunday will feature plenty of debutants, competing with seasoned artists. So with that in mind, it’s about time for everyone to place their bets. Let’s see who the favorites are to sweep this year’s Grammys.
With seven nominations, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are expected to sweep the awards this year.
Record of the Year is one of the biggest categories at the award show. Out of the five nominees, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky seems like a no-brainer, but Lorde’s Royals, the unpredictable success of 2013 could come in and sweep this up last minute.
Continue reading: Grammys 2014 Predictions: Who Will Sweep The Major Awards?
The surviving Beatles will perform at the ceremony and fans are hoping the two will join each other on stage for a reunion performance
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform at this years 56th Grammy Awards, with their inclusion to the Grammys set list being announced this week by the music awards showcase. Although the organisers for the event have revealed that the pair will perform, they have yet to specify whether the two will appear on stage together at all, a prospect that most are hoping for.
Paul and Ringo will hopefully be performing together
The pair were announced as two of the latest confirmed acts to appear at the awards show, with fellow performers John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles and Carole King also added to the bill.
The Brit Awards jumped right into the middle of awards season by announcing their nominees, and there are plenty of artists from all over the world up for awards.
We are again right in the middle of awards season, and that doesn't just mean the Oscars. The Brit Awards have announced their 2014 nominations, and there aren't many surprises.
Bastille performs at Koko in London
The two leading artists are, as they should be, British acts. According to MTV, Disclosure and Bastille were each nominated for four awards, but the rest of the nominations were for artists all over the world.
Continue reading: One Direction, Justin Timberlake Rack Up Brit Awards Nominations
Lorde has had quite the year, but wants to make sure people know she is doing what she wants and is not planning to change any time soon.
Lorde was one of the surprise artists of 2013, bursting onto the scene with a hit song — and doing it all at the age of 17. But the singer hasn't been shy about her feelings for the music industry, or the world of pop culture.
Lorde performed at the Grammy Award nomination concert in early December
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, told the New York Times there are certain classifications she would like to avoid.
Continue reading: Teen Hottie Lorde Hates Being Called A 'Teen Hottie'
Taylor Swift turned 24 this week and it matters because she had the most adorable garden party of life.
I don’t know about you, but Taylor Swift just turned 24. Happy birthday, Taylor! The Red singer, who has had a phenomenal year by all accounts, celebrated with friends and family, but she let fans in on the fun as well.
Swift, looking as glamorous as ever back in November.
As ever making us slightly jealous, the songstress posted a few snaps from her elegant garden party. In them, she’s surrounded by friends, sports a pretty floral dress and has her arm around recent bestie Lorde, MTV reports. Let’s pause for a minute and take in the level of infamy at which even the very predictable occasion of one’s birthday is front-page news.
Continue reading: It's All Roses And Sparkles As Taylor Swift Celebrates 24th Birthday
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Avicii also made the list of the most tagged songs.
Lorde and Robin Thicke have become two of the most "shazamed" artists in the world, meaning users of the song-identification app Shazam have tagged their songs the most times. Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' not only topped tallies in the US but also worldwide with a total of 17.8 million sonic identifications.
Pop Newcomer Lorde Featured In This Year's 'Most Shazamed' List.
Though pop newcomer Lorde claimed second place in the USA with 5.1 million tags for her hit 'Royals,' her positioning dropped in the worldwide rankings. P!nk's 'Just Give Me a Reason' followed in third with 4.4 million, according to BBC Newsbeat.
Continue reading: Lorde Is Amongst The Most "Shazamed" Artists Of Year
Sisters Alana Mychal, Danielle Sari and Este Arielle from pop group Haim look cheerful as they are snapped on the red carpet at the 2013 VH1 'You Oughta Know In Concert' event.
Prepare for the 'royalties': the 17 year-old pop sensation signs with Songs Music after fevered bidding.
New Zealand pop star Lorde has signed a publishing contract rumoured to be worth up to £2.5 million after her single 'Royals' topped the UK chart last month. The just-turned-17 singer's signature was fought over in a major bidding war which is said to have included Sony and the publishing arm of her label, Universal.
Lorde (real name Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor according to Wikipedia - wow!) has truly stunned me with her debut single 'Royals'. For someone so young (just 16-years-old) she shows a remarkable level of maturity in her music; I know that's an obvious cliché but I don't think it will ever cease to amaze people just how much musical dexterity youngsters seem to have these days.
This song is taken from her Platinum-certified debut album 'Pure Heroine', which has shot straight to the top of the charts in her home nation New Zealand, and is lyrically very sincere. In the song, she talks about knowing your roots and not caring that you'll never be rolling in the millions with 'jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash' - she knows what she should be aiming for in life.
Lorde's vocals didn't strike a chord with me at first; it feels like ever since Amy Winehouse, God rest her, enchanted the world with her jazz/soul crooning, every female vocalist in the world suddenly has a low-pitched, husky voice with over-emphasised vibrato - Adele, Paloma Faith, Duffy - Lorde is just the latest in that category and, for me, it's getting pretty predicatable.
Continue reading: Lorde - Royals Single Review
The Bajan singer has joined the likes of Elvis Presley and The Beatles by scoring her seventh number one in as many years
Rihanna made chart history this weekend when her latest collaborative effort with rapper Eminem entered the chart at number one, meaning she's hit the top spot for seven years running, at some point or another. The feat has only ever been matched by The Beatles and Elvis Presley and has etched her into the history books alongside those two recording greats.
'The Monster' - her second number one collaboration with Eminem following their massively successful link up on 2010's 'Love the Way you Lie' - continues a run of form that began in 2007 with 'Umbrella' and it looks as though she could even break the eight year mark.
Rihanna has now had 8 number one singles over a period of 7 consecutive calendar years. But let's put that into perspective: alongside her fellow 'Club 7' record breakers, The Beatles had 17 number one singles in the same period, more than double that of Ri-Ri. She's got a long way to go.
Justin Timberlake's comeback is 100% complete.
Justin Timberlake scored his second No.1 album of the year on Wednesday (October 9, 2012) when it was announced thatThe 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 sold 350,000 copies in its first week. The first instalment sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so far.
It's an incredible feat for the 32-year-old, who returned to music after a five-year hiatus during which he turned in some decent movie performances. The albums charting at No.1 is an achievement in itself, though the volume of sales proves both Timberlake's enduring popularity and the healthy nature of the record business. Second place Drake only managed to shift 148,000 copies, while Lorde's debut Pure Heroine moved 129,000.
Earlier this year, Timberlake had returned with new single Suit & Tie, featuring rapper Jay-Z. It became a chart-topper and The 20/20 Experience was adored by both critics and fans.
Continue reading: Is Justin Timberlake The Biggest Pop Star On The Planet?
Katy Perry’s pop anthem Roar is justifying its name and storming the Billboard chart. The motivational tune, which features lines like: I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire/Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR” really couldn’t have been anything less than a chart topper. Roar has finally dethroned Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines in the Billboard chart and that’s even before the official video for the single has come out, though Perry has already released a trailer. The song is Perry’s eighth number 1 on the Hot 100 list and it concludes Thicke’s record breaking 12-week reign.
Check out Perry's wild teaser for the Roar video below.
After months of hard work, Selena was ready to show 'Stars Dance' to the world.
Singer Selena Gomez showed the world just how far away she'd travelled from being a Disney Channel princess by performing the inaugural concert of her 'Stars Dance' tour in Vancouver, Canada. However, the 21 year-old had revealed how nervous she was to be taking to the stage in front of thousands of fans and remember her lyrics as well as those complicated dance moves.
Selena Entertained Her Canadian Fans.
Speaking to MTV in the run up to the show, Gomez said "once the first two songs are out of my system, I feel a little bit better, and then I'm able to let loose." That's exactly what Selena did, coming out on stage to tonnes of screaming fans to perform a track from each of her albums, Bang Bang Bang and Round & Round. During the show, she played plenty of her own songs, such as the fan-favourite 'Love You Like A Love Song,' but also covered tracks from Rihanna, Iggy Azalea and Lorde.
Continue reading: Selena Gomez Sparkles As 'Stars Dance' Tour Kicks Off
Date of birth
7th November, 1996