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[[caption-width-right:350: You can call her queen bee and baby she'll rule, she'll rule, she'll rule, she'll rule.]]
---> ''Let me live that fantasy''

[[OverlyLongName Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor]], also known as '''Lorde''' (born November 7, 1996), is a teenage indie pop singer from New Zealand. Her music deals with the problems of adolescence, paralleled with her own rise to fame. Her debut release, ''The Love Club EP'', went #2 in her own country, and her songs "Royals" and "Tennis Court" went #1. In September 2013, she released ''Music/PureHeroine'' worldwide, which gained critical acclaim for its production and lyrical content. It gained an UpdatedRerelease in December 2013, featuring a bonus track, "No Better", songs from ''The Love Club EP'', and the "Tennis Court" B-side "[[Music/TheReplacements Swingin Party]]". The closest comparison her music could get is Music/LanaDelRey. Dedicated to the darker sides of growing up, and life. She taps into the same disillusionment around the world right now. If younger and less glossy. She's won 2 Grammys and 1 BRIT.

She also reached a new height of fame when it was revealed at E3 2014 that her cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears was used in the cinematic trailer for Ubisoft's [[AssassinsCreedUnity Assassin's Creed Unity]], and it was recently revealed that she would be "[[http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/01/lorde-appointed-hunger-games-music-supervisor-mockingjay-part-1 curating]]" the soundtrack for the first part of the final HungerGames movie (''Mockingjay'').

Really, ''really'' should not be confused with Music/{{Lordi}} - although she's [[http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2013-11-19/pronunciation-guide-haim-kodaline-lorde/ confirmed]] her stage name is pronounced as "Lord", not "Lord-ee".

[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Oh, and she's also actually a 45-year-old geologist from Colorado. Ya Ya Ya.]]

Her YMMV page can be found [[YMMV/{{Lorde}} here]].

!!!Discography:
* ''The Love Club EP'' (2012)
* ''Music/PureHeroine'' (2013)

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!!Tropes include:
* [[AwesomeAussie Awesome Kiwi]]
* BookEnds: "Tennis Court" opens with "Don't you think that it's boring how people talk?" Fast foward to the last song in ''Pure Heroine'''s tracklist, "A World Alone", which closes with "The people that talk, yeah, people that talk, let 'em talk."
* BrokenRecord: ...''send the call out send the call out send the call out send the call out send the call out''
* DarkerAndEdgier[=/=]DeconstructorFleet: She does this to [[{{Pop}} teen pop]]. Rather than making party songs or more upbeat songs, they look at more of the dramatic and depressing side of being a teen.
** Her cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Music/TearsForFears is this in spades, and arguably fits the lyrics a lot better than the upbeat original.
* DeadpanSnarker: ''You been drinking like the world was about to end (It didn't)''
* DreamTeam: Her, Stromae, Pusha T and Q-Tip on "Meltdown" from the ''Mockingjay'' soundtrack.
** Also with Son Lux on "Easy (Switch Screens)".
* {{Fanservice}}: An interesting example; "Royals" sounds like a song that would have lots of fanservice of women in its video, but instead, it has several shots of [[ShirtlessScene half-naked men]], who are usually half naked with [[HoYay each other]]. The one woman in the video is very modestly dressed (in fact, she's only seen from the shoulders up!).
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Glory and Gore"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "No Better" which features the lyric "And you're no better at swimming/than you were in the beginning/but you come over at night/And we practice all the breathing".
* GrowingUpSucks: The main theme of "Ribs".
* IAmTheBand
* IcyBlueEyes: They come off as this sometimes, especially in the "Royals" video (pictured above).
* TheInvisibleBand: Subverted in the "Royals" music video. It seems like the video would just be about the teenage boys and their dull lives, but Lorde finally pops in two minutes in. The US version expands her presence.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Tennis Court", "Royals", "Team"
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Pure Heroine''. Nothing but the names of the artist and the album.
* {{Minimalis|m}}t [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Indie Pop]]: Her main style, mixed with a [[{{Ambient}} few]] [[DarkWave other]] [[SynthPop genres]].
* MoneySong: "Royals" is an attack on this type of music, criticizing it for promoting a lifestyle that 99% of people can only experience from their television screens. It's Creator/CharlieBrooker's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59OJ17raqWw "aspirational TV" rant]] as a song.
* MotorcycleJousting: In the video for "Team", Lorde heads up a secret society as two guys participate in motorcycle jousting as part of the initiation process.
* MyspeldRokband: Her name is a feminized version of "Lord". She chose it because she thought an aristocratic name sounded cool, but "Lord" on its own is too masculine to pass as a name for her.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: It can be quite hard to define specifically what kind of music she makes, due to the fact that she's both Pop and Alternative ''at the same time''.
* NonAppearingTitle: "400 Lux"
* OddFriendship: She's quickly become one of the best friends of Music/TaylorSwift.
* TheOner: Her music video for "Tennis Court", which is just one shot of the lights flashing and her lip-syncing "yeah" every so often.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: During her 2013 rise to fame, she was just an ordinary Year 12 student at Auckland's Takapuna Grammar School when she was not in the studio or on tour. She decided not to return for her final year in 2014.
* PrecisionFStrike: And she was only ''sixteen years old'' when ''Pure Heroine'' came out.
** Her song "Tennis Court" includes the first f-bomb in her music, causing the biggest controversy over a female swearing since [[KickAss Hit-Girl]].
** "Still Sane" has a couple instances of "shit".
** On being asked what she thinks of a collaboration with Music/DavidGuetta, she says quite simply [[http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/music/lorde-says-thanks-but-no-thanks-to-david-guetta-co/a79b7fcf-bd25-4e4a-9194-3bfdce687cc8.htm 'Fuck no. He's so gross.']]
* {{Pride}}: She has confessed that she finds herself arrogant and her song "Royals" she asks you to call her "Queen Bee". [[note]]A.K.A. the leader of a clique in high school.[[/note]]
* PunBasedTitle: ''Pure Heroine''. Drugs and self-bragging. Well done, miss.
* RecordProducer: Joel Little, who produced the entirety of both The Love Club EP and her debut album Pure Heroine.
** She's only ever worked with 2 other record producers, and they were both for the ''Mockingjay'' soundtrack - Paul Epworth and KanyeWest for "Yellow Flicker Beat" and its' remix respectively.
* SelfBackingVocalist: She does this constantly. In fact, it's very hard to find any instrumentation besides some synth and percussion, a good portion of her music is almost entirely voice.
** Most obvious either at the start of "Team" (which is just her singing, getting gradually pitched down and then the actual instruments kick in), or at the beginning and end of "Yellow Flicker Beat", which is just her humming.
* ShrinkingViolet: Her song "Bravado" is about an introvert struggling in an extroverted family.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Being as she's a {{New Zealand}}er who sings in a "neutral" accent, yeah.
* ShoutOut: "All Work And No Play Doesn't Make Me Lose It" is a reference to TheShining and "we gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves" refers to FightClub in Glory and Gore.
** Inspiration for the title "Royals" and the iconic line "And we'll never be Royals" came from a photo Lorde saw of Kansas City Royals icon George Brett getting swamped for autographs.
* StepfordSmiler: "Tennis Court" contains the lyric "We're so happy, even when we're smiling out of fear."
* TheStoic: Always comes off as cold and indifferent in both her music and videos.
* TakeThat: 'Royals' is all about how modern music is about things that most people never get to experience, like colossal wealth and pop-star/rap-star lives.
** "Team" has a TakeThat towards the dance music boom of [[TheNewTens the early tens.]]
--> I'm kinda over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, ''so there''
** She's also said a few choice words about her peers. Mostly against passive/opulant contemporary's of hers. She said that Lana Del Rey was irrelevent and unrelatable to teenagers.
** There's an [[UpToEleven entire]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlxOt61L7WQ laundry list]] of people she's disses. Including [[SelfDeprecation herself.]]
* WhamLine: From 'White Teeth Teens':
---> ''I'll let you in on something big, [[spoiler: I am not a white teeth teen]]''
* WiseBeyondTheirYears
* YoungerThanSheLooks: Zigzagged. When she's in full makeup an photographed from the right angle, many people have a hard time taking her for 17. On the other hand, any type of paparazzi photos that show her in private avert this trope. [[http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2013-12-04/lorde-bikini-photos/ See here for example.]]

---> ''And we'll never be royals''
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