[[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''

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[[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 ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'', 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'').

Lorde is set to release her yet-to-be-named second album sometime in 2017. It will feature [[NewSoundAlbum new sounds]], and will have a different feel to it based off her experience of rising to international stardom. She also collaborated with British duo Disclosure, producing the track "Magnets" for their second album. In the same year, she is set to make multiple festival appearances for the first time since 2014 -- including Coachella and Governors Ball, with the promise of new music coming soon.

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".

* ''Music/TheLoveClub EP'' (2013)
* ''Music/PureHeroine'' (2013)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc "Royals"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Ymd-OCucs "Tennis Court"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JuxM-snGc "Team"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2nezBfPW8k "No Better"]] [[note]]From the UpdatedRerelease. No official music video. Download only.[[/note]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEHHh8IBhpY "Glory and Gore"]] [[note]]No official music video. Only released to alternative radio[[/note]]
* ''TBA'' (2017)
* Other singles: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PdILZ_1P74 "Yellow Flicker Beat"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_KfnGBtVeA "Magnets"]] [[note]]''Disclosure featuring Lorde[[/note]]
!!Tropes include:
* BadToTheBone: Her songs have seen ''a lot'' of use in movie trailers, commercials, and video game soundtracks within a year of her debut.
* 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''
* CoverVersion: A cover of Music/TheReplacements song "Swingin' Party" appears as a b-side to "Tennis Court", as well as the last track on the extended version of ''Pure Heroine''.
** She made a cover of Music/TearsForFears' famous "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the ''Catching Fire'' soundtrack.
** She did a surprisingly faithful cover of "[[Music/{{Nirvana}} All Apologies]]" along with the two former members of Nirvana when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
** She's also covered Jame Blake's "Retrograde" live.
* CutAndPasteSuburb: "400 Lux" is about driving through one of these with a [[TheDriver love interest]].
* 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." It's an even more impressive example of this trope when you realize she released it barely a month past her 17th birthday[[note]]The age of consent in New Zealand is 16, not 18 as in the United States, which explains the lyric[[/note]].
* GratuitousPanning: Features heavily in both "Ribs" and "Still Sane", emphasizing the chaos and confusion running through her mind in both of these songs.
* GrowingUpSucks: The main theme of "Ribs".
* HandicappedBadass: Can't play a single instrument, but that doesn't stop her from making award-winning music and a multi-platinum album.
* HatesSmallTalk: On "Tennis Court"
-->''Don't you think that it's boring how people talk?''
* IAmTheBand
* IcyBlueEyes: They come off as this sometimes, especially in the "Royals" video (pictured above).
* IdenticalStranger: She and fellow pop singer Music/CharliXCX bear a strong resemblance to each other, enough that Charli [[http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/fashion-beauty/charli-xcx-people-mistook-me-for-lorde-30456576.html gets mistaken for Lorde by fans in public]] when she wears curly hair. That they both have strong foreign accents just adds to it.
* IndiePop: Has quickly become a TropeCodifier for it.
* 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.
* KidHero / ImprobableAge: Became one of the biggest music artists in the world at only 16.
* 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: Her music can be a bit hard to describe due to being both pop ''and'' alternative simultaneously. To break it down: DreamPop, Electronica, {{Synthpop}}, {{Minimalism}}, {{Ambient}}, IndiePop, Art Pop, DarkWave, Contemporary, and even a few traces of HipHop can be found in the beats.
* NonAppearingTitle: "400 Lux"
* OddFriendship: She's quickly become one of the best friends of Music/TaylorSwift.
** Back in her primary school days, the musically-inclined Lorde was school friends with the athletically-inclined [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_McCartney Eliza [=McCartney=]]], who went on to win the women's pole vault bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.
* OdeToYouth: Arguably Pure Heroine's main theme.
* 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 [[Film/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]]
** Played with on "Still Sane"
-->''If only bad people live to see their likeness set in stone, what does that make me?''
* 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 Music/KanyeWest for "Yellow Flicker Beat" and its' remix respectively.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Her Disclosure collaboration is not "Let's Embrace The Point of No Return"; it's called "Magnets".
* 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 UsefulNotes/{{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 ''Film/TheShining'' and "we gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves" refers to ''Film/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."
* StepfordSuburbia: Buzzcut Season sounds like it may be about one of these.
--> ''Explosions on TV, and all the girls with heads inside a dream, so now we live beside the pool, where everything is good.''
* TheBeautifulElite: White Teeth Teens.
* 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/opulent contemporary's of hers. She said that Lana Del Rey was irrelevant and unrelatable to teenagers.
** There's an [[UpToEleven entire]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlxOt61L7WQ laundry list]] of people she's dissed. [[SelfDeprecation Including herself.]]
** When producer/rapper Diplo made fun of her friend Music/TaylorSwift on Twitter, saying someone should "get [her] a booty", she replied that [[TeenyWeenie someone should get him a larger penis first.]]
** She also called out Teen Vogue for photoshopping a cover photo of her to make her skin look flawless and posted the original, untouched picture to prove it.
* TheVamp: She's one in the "Magnets" video, aggressively seducing an older man away from his girlfriend. [[spoiler:Of course it's all an act; she's a ProfessionalKiller hired by the girlfriend to kill him because she had enough of his abuse.]]
* WhamLine: From "White Teeth Teens:"
-->''I'll let you in on something big, [[spoiler: I am not a white teeth teen.]]''
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: [[http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11548443 Some have noted]] that all the time she spent abroad in the United States has clearly Americanized her New Zealand accent.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears
* YoungerThanSheLooks: Zig-zagged. 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 averts this trope. [[http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2013-12-04/lorde-bikini-photos/ See here for example.]]
-->''And we'll never be royals.''