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FOTIS MINI (9-16 November 2013)

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Fokus Artis Minggu Ini: Lorde

Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde (/ˈlɔrd/), is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Her first EPThe Love Club, was released on 22 November 2012, and her first single, “Royals“, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, was released on 27 September 2013. She jointly won the 2013 Silver Scroll award for “Royals”.

Musically, Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine followed in the same vein as the The Love Club EP, incorporating influences ofambientart popdark waveelectronicaindietronicaminimal and synthpop. Lyrically, the album was primarily inspired by her youth and critiques mainstream culture.

Lorde’s music draws from electropop, but she grew up listening to soul musicians Etta James and Otis Redding, as well as her parents’ favorite records by the likes of Cat StevensNeil Young and Fleetwood Mac. She cites the unusual vocals of Grimes, the band Sleigh Bells and producer SBTRKT as prominent influences for Lorde. Lorde also stated that she was inspired by the initially hidden identities of Burial and The Weeknd, explaining, “I feel like mystery is more interesting”, and called American musical artist Nicki Minaj an “important female in pop”. Lorde describes short story writers Raymond Carver,Wells TowerTobias Wolff and Claire Vaye Watkins as lyrical inspirations – particularly noting their sentence structures.

During the writing of The Love Club (2013), Lorde was particularly influenced by Kanye West and she performed a cover version of West’s song “Hold My Liquor” at her Auckland concert on 7 September 2013. Lorde has also cited Prince as an influence.



Pure Heroine (2013)