Lorde releases her first collection of music titled The Love Club. The Love Club is an EP release featuring her songs Royals and Tennis Court. She releases the EP without doing any media promotion.
It definitely wasn’t difficult for me. In a perfect world, I would never do any interviews, and probably there would be one photo out there of me, and that would be it. I just feel like mystery is more interesting. People respond to something which intrigues them instead of something that gives them all the information—particularly in pop, which is like the genre for knowing way too much about everyone and everything.
Lorde releases her debut single Royals. The single is featured on her extended play album The Love Club. Lorde wrote the lyrics to Royals herself in half an hour.
Yeah, I was just at my house, and I wrote it before I went to the studio. I wrote it in like half an hour—the lyrics, anyway. I wrote all the lyrics and took them to the studio and my producer (Joel Little) was like, “Yeah, this is cool.” We worked on that and on two other songs on the EP in a week, and just did a little bit every day.
Lorde releases her single Team. Team is the third single featured on her debut studio album Pure Heroine.
In that song, there are a few lines which are kind of me being the “realistic” pop star: “We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen,” which is like, no one comes to New Zealand, no one knows anything about New Zealand, and here I am, trying to grow up and become a person. I’ve been countering that with going to New York and seeing this place that’s in every movie and every TV show. Part of me wanted to go back to writing for me and for my friends, and write something that I felt related to us a little bit.
Lorde releases her debut studio album titled Pure Heroine. The ten track album features songs from her EP The Love Club as well as brand new tracks. Lorde collaborated with Joel Little to produce the record.
I honestly don’t think about anyone else listening to my music at all. And I don’t think that’s a very healthy thing to do, maybe. It’s best to just write exactly what you want to hear, and if people like it, then that’s cool. I’ve never thought about writing up or writing down. I’m just writing at eye level with other people.
Lorde performs Royals during The Ellen Show to promote her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Team from her debut album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Royals during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Ribs during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Royals at the New Zealand Music Awards to promote her debut album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Ribs to promote her debut album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Tennis Court to promote her debut album Pure Heroine.
Lorde wins a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
I wrote the song when I was 15 and a half and for me it was a funny thing because we were listening to music that bragged about luxury…and we were riding are bikes everywhere and counting coins to get on the bus…
Lorde is a Grammy nominee for Record of the Year for Royals.
Even being nominated is so incredible.
Lorde is the Grammy nominee for Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Royals during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards show to promote her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Royals during the Grammy Awards show to promote her debut album Pure Heroine.
Lorde appears on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. She talks about finding strength, her perspective has changed, and gives advice to future musicians.
If you want your music to be heard. . . you can just put stuff on the Internet and people can love it and that’s cool. I think the industry is much less scary than people think it is. You have to go into it with an idea of who you are and what you want to do, and you have to have an idea of the things that you won’t do, and the things that you want to aspire to. Because if you have clear goals and absolute no’s for yourself, then people can figure it out. And then you won’t be left like, ‘Oh, sh*t, why did I do that …’ I don’t know, juice commercial.
Lorde performs White Noise and Royals during the Brit Awards show promoting her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde appears on the cover of the Spring 2014 issue of V magazine. She talks about choosing friends, being called the voice of the generation, and not wanting her music on the radio.
I want to let people stop hearing Lorde on the radio all the time, because it’s kind of crazy at the moment. I’d like to give people a little bit of breathing room before I unleash something different.
Lorde appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about how she prefers her tomboy look.
I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys’ clothes too. I guess that’s why I get labeled as ‘the grumpy girl,’ because I don’t play into that.
Lorde appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Fashion magazine. She talks about kids today, industry stereotypes, and accomplishing things early.
I’m drawn to women who aren’t painted in history as sweet figures. Patti Smith was prickly. She was frustrated. She didn’t take people’s sh*t. There’s no better music idol for young women, because there is a lot of pressure for us to be really positive all the time. Every photo shoot I do, I get asked for big smiles, and I shouldn’t have to be that way.
Lorde performs Royals during the Billboard Music Awards to promote her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde performs Tennis Court and Team during the Much Music Awards promoting her album Pure Heroine.
Lorde is curating the entire soundtrack for the third installment of The Hunger Games movie series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Lorde has been featured on previous soundtracks for The Hunger Games and will also feature a single from herself for the upcoming film.
…to be at the helm of a project like this is easily the most responsibility i’ve ever had, and to me, that says something kind of amazing about the way the world is changing – a globally successful film franchise is allowing a teenager to run their shit. we are opening doors, we are moving walls. this makes me so insanely happy.
Lorde is featured on the cover of Elle Magazine’s annual personal style issue.
People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say. They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that.
Lorde appears on the cover of the October 2014 issue of Elle magazine. She talks about standing up for herself, expressing her opinions, and figuring out how to be a famous teen.
It’s very specific. I have definitely learned how to be flexible. Before, I would just be like, ‘F*ck it.’ I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is sh*t, I express that. But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious. So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings. Obviously, I am hanging out with more people now who are not teenage; I’m in different circles. But I am a teenager. My brain is, like, a certain age. Everyone is talking about you. You have to learn not to care as much.
KFOG Radio in San Francisco bans Lorde’s single “Royals” from its airwaves until the World Series is decided. The series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals begins October 21. KFOG tweets:
The artist performs her song, Bravado, from The Love Club EP, during the program.
The artist performs her song, Buzzcut Season, from the album, Pure Heroine.
Haim collaborates with Lorde on her production of The Hunger Games: Mockingly-Part 1 soundtrack. The band is on the track Meltdown, which is one of 15 tracks on the soundtrack.
Lorde tells an awards ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand, how a vicious fight with her sister in a Las Vegas hotel room left her with a scar down her left arm.
Because I”m not old enough to go out and rave I’m just in my hotel room in Vegas. Me and my older sister were there and we were really tired and really sick, and we had a fight.