Lorde is the nom de guerre of Ella Yelich-O'Connor, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She's been owning the NZ charts since March on the back of The Love Club EP, a startlingly self-assured collection of four excellent songs and one that's just pretty good. If there is any justice in the world, "Royals" will be the alternative summer jam of the summer (and George Zimmerman would've been convicted for at least manslaughter).
Oh, did I mention Lorde is 16 years old? And she writes her own music? 16 years old. When I was 16, I was mining tiberium in Command and Conquer for hours on end. This girl is mixing trip hop beats and hip hop swagger with spectacular melodies. Seriously, most songwriters would kill to pen one of these tracks.
For my money, though, the best track is "The Love Club". Please listen to them. You will like them, I swear.