Lorde Debuts No. 1 in Britain with ‘Royals’

2013-10-31

Review by Anne Erickson

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ is No. 1 in the U.K.

If you listen at all to pop or alternative radio, chances are you’ve heard the track “Royals” by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. The song has been No. 1 in the U.S. for a full month, and now, “Royals” has official debuted at No. 1 in the U.K.

According to Billboard, the U.K. debut makes 16-year-old the youngest solo artist in 15 years to debut at No. 1 on the British singles chart. British actress Billie Piper was the last solo artist to hold that title. In 1998, the 15-year-old reached No. 1 with her single “Because We Want To.”

Lorde will turn 17 on Nov. 7. That still makes her plenty young to enjoy these honors.

Lorde’s debut full-length studio album, “Pure Heroine,” arrived last month. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 129,000 copies in the United States its first week out. The album’s second single, “Team,” is already inside the Top 20 on alternative radio, according to the Nielsen BDS chart.




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