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Music: Lorde
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

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 Pure Heroine worldwide, which gained critical acclaim for its production and lyrical content. It gained an Updated Re-release in December 2013, featuring a bonus track, "No Better", songs from The Love Club EP, and the "Tennis Court" B-side "Swingin Party". The closest comparison her music could get is Lana Del Rey. 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" was used in the Cinematic Trailer for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity, and it was recently revealed that she would be "curating" the soundtrack for the first part of the final Hunger Games movie (Mockingjay).

Really, really should not be confused with Lordi - although she's confirmed her stage name is pronounced as "Lord", not "Lord-ee".

Her YMMV page can be found here.


  • The Love Club EP (2012)
  • Pure Heroine (2013)

Tropes include:

  • Awesome Kiwi
  • Book Ends: "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."
  • Broken Record: ...send the call out send the call out send the call out send the call out send the call out
  • Darker and Edgier/Deconstructor Fleet: She does this to 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 Tears For Fears is this in spades, and arguably fits the lyrics a lot better than the upbeat original.
  • Deadpan Snarker: You been drinking like the world was about to end (It didn't)
  • 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 half-naked men, who are usually half naked with each other. The one woman in the video is very modestly dressed (in fact, she's only seen from the shoulders up!).
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Glory and Gore"
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "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".
  • Growing Up Sucks: The main theme of "Ribs".
  • I Am the Band
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They come off as this sometimes, especially in the "Royals" video (pictured above).
  • The Invisible Band: 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.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Tennis Court", "Royals", "Team"
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: Pure Heroine. Nothing but the names of the artist and the album.
  • Minimalist Indie Pop: Her main style, mixed with a few other genres.
  • Money Song: "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 Charlie Brooker's "aspirational TV" rant as a song.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: In the video for "Team", Lorde heads up a secret society as two guys participate in motorcycle jousting as part of the initiation process.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "400 Lux"
  • Odd Friendship: She's quickly become one of the best friends of Taylor Swift.
  • The Oner: Her music video for "Tennis Court", which is just one shot of the lights flashing and her lip-syncing "yeah" every so often.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: 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 Hit-Girl.
    • "Still Sane" has a couple instances of "shit".
    • On being asked what she thinks of a collaboration with David Guetta, she says quite simply '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 
  • Pun-Based Title: Pure Heroine. Drugs and self-bragging. Well done, miss.
  • Record Producer: Joel Little, who produced the entirety of both The Love Club EP and her debut album Pure Heroine.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: 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.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her song "Bravado" is about an introvert struggling in an extroverted family.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Being as she's a New Zealander who sings in a "neutral" accent, yeah.
  • Shout-Out: "All Work And No Play Doesn't Make Me Lose It" is a reference to The Shining and "we gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves" refers to Fight Club in Glory and Gore.
  • Stepford Smiler: "Tennis Court" contains the lyric "We're so happy, even when we're smiling out of fear."
  • The Stoic: Always comes off as cold and indifferent in both her music and videos.
  • Take That: '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.
    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 entire laundry list of people she's disses. Including herself.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years
  • Younger than She Looks: 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. See here for example.

    And we'll never be royals

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