Debut single 'Royals' reaches No 1
michael baggs
11:37 13th August 2013


Teen sensation Lorde has become the first solo female to reach No 1 in Billboard's Alternative chart with her single 'Royals', since Tracy Bonham topped it with 'Mother Mother' 17 years ago.

Born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the New Zealand singer songwriter Lorde has achieved a massive breakthrough success with the track taken from her debut EP The Love Club. The single is also due to feature on her debut album Pure Heroine, which is set for release in September.

Only a shockingly low number of female solo artists have reached this position, 10 songs by females have managed it in the 25 year history of the alternative chart. Lorde's predecessors include Alanis Morissette who recorded three of the hits to make it to No 1 and Sinead O'Connor who recorded two.

Listen to 'Royals' below: 

Having signed a deal with Universal Records when she was only 12 years old, Lorde could be set for the big time. Her second single 'Tennis Court' is continuing to propel the young artist into mainstream attention.

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