Where is Lorde from? Lorde is from New Zealand, as fans are no doubt aware, and specifically, the young “Royals” hitmaker hails from the Takapuna section of Auckland. Lorde was born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor on November 7, 1996, and she grew up in Devonport, Auckland, where she showed tremendous talent from an early age. She earned her first record deal at the age of 13, and in November 2012, Lorde dropped her debut EP, “The Love Club,” which featured “Royals,” the song that would make her famous. After topping the charts in Lorde’s native New Zealand, “Royals” went global, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. Even Rick Ross did a remix. Her debut album, “Pure Heroine,” fared similarly well, climbing to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and cementing her status as one of the biggest stars of the new millennium.
Most fans know full well where Lorde is from, since her New Zealand pedigree is one of the things that makes her so interesting. The world hasn’t seen many Auckland superstars, though her background isn’t what makes the erstwhile Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor great. Lorde is a singer and songwriter who speaks for her generation, and she speaks for it with wit and intelligence. Her smash “Royals” is all about hip-hop excess, though it’s not merely an anti-materialistic screed. It’s a cathy, minimal pop nugget about simultaneously liking and disliking bling culture, and it’s no wonder the tune topped the charts around the world.
What other musical luminaries hail from where Lorde is from? New Zealand has also given the world Split Enz, Crowded House, and OMC, the one-hit wonders behind “How Bizarre.” There’s nothing bizarre about Lorde’s success. The teen sensation has already sold millions of records and won two Grammy Awards, and she’s poised to stick around for a while. You’ve got to figure New Zealand’s tourism board is happy about that.