“This song’s about getting old, which I freak out about.” That’s Lorde, VH1′s current You Oughta Know artist, on her new song “Ribs,” which she debuted at the Greenwich Village club Le Poisson Rouge when she made her North American debut there last month. Considering that Lorde is but 16-years-old, we don’t think that aging is something that she need worry much about, but when the result is something as gorgeous as “Ribs,” we’ll begrudge her on that front (but just this once!).
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We’ve been tracking September’s You Oughta Know artist Lorde‘s ascension to pop royalty all month and yesterday marked a unique milestone for the 16-year-old pop princess from New Zealand. Last night, “Royals” rose to the top spot on the iTunes singles chart. The song knocked Miley Cyrus‘ ”Wrecking Ball” off the throne and instigated some nasty fights on twitter!
Lorde, VH1′s September You Oughta Know artist, definitely has an obsession with royalty. She confessed as much to us when our own Meghan O’Keefe interviewed Lorde recently, and taking a close listen to the tracks that make up her upcoming Pure Heroine LP, there are more than a few mentions. That theme is most clearly evident on her hit song “Royals,” but here on her track “Still Sane (Track 10),” which was filmed live at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge back on August 6, she makes her intentions known: “Hey little boy, I’m coming for the crown.”
Recent You Oughta Know artist Passenger is still climbing his way up the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown with “Let Her Go,” a song that has gone to #1 in 13 different countries. His plaintive ditty is currently sitting at #14 on the countdown, but a few months before that track took hold, he spent an afternoon with us here at VH1 headquarters in Times Square.
Lorde, much like her Antipodean (and fellow You Oughta Know) compatriot Gotye, has come
out of left field from Down Under and landed one of the biggest surprise singles of the year. However, whereas Gotye was not able to capture the zeitgeist the way that “Somebody I Used To Know” did with any of the other tracks on his Making Mirrors LP, Lorde seems very well set up to avoid one-hit wonder status thanks to the power of her next single, “Tennis Court.”
We already know that VH1′s September You Oughta Know artist Lorde takes her inspirational cues from unique places. Her hit single “Royals” was inspired not only by her love for old school aristocracy, but also by a National Geographic photo of a baseball player. Now, Lorde is dishing to VH1 about why her song “Tennis Court” is about nostalgia, glamour … and Tumblr?
We told you last month about VH1 You Oughta Know artist Lorde‘s stateside debut at Le Poisson Rouge, but now you’ve got the chance to see the concert yourself. Over the next week, we’ll be rolling out exclusive clips from that August 6 gig starting today with her hit single, “Royals,” as well as the title track of her EP, The Love Club.
She’s not just a Nickelodeon star anymore: Ariana Grande makes a big arrival on this week’s chart with her debut album Yours Truly,” which lands at No. 1 this week. Elsewhere, Lorde makes a big move on the Digital Songs chart, moving up to the runner-up position with “Royals.” #SoundScanner is on the scene…
In a world full of pop divas in candy floss wigs and outrageous costumes, VH1′s September You Oughta Know artist Lorde stands out. 16-year-old Lorde may be new on the scene, but she already has a distinctive sense of style that relies more on chic, timeless silhouettes than the “hyper-drama” of avant garde fashion and exaggerated lines.
She may have been born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, but the world is coming to know September’s You Oughta Know artist simply as “Lorde.” The “Royals” singer took her love of monarchy to the next level when she looked through books for aristocratic titles that she could call herself on stage and “lord” just jumped out at her. She said, ”I love the sound of the word and how it looks, but I also like how it’s a little arrogant, you know what I mean?” Of course, not everything about the teen star is “arrogant”…