It’s been awhile since we’ve heard something fancy from down under. New Zealand to be precise.
A while ago, a certain Mizz Kimbra made all the right moves while assisting a certain Mr Gotye reach insane levels of global dominance with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know‘ – a song that would snag a handful of Grammy’s and end up to be 2012’s biggest hit worldwide – making Kimbra only the 3rd New Zealand-er to win a Grammy.
During the same period, the 23-year-old released her thoroughly amazing début album ‘Vows‘ which went Platinum in Australia and New Zealand, while debuting within the coveted top 20 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart (#14).
Gearing up to follow Kimbra’s footsteps, is 16-year-old New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Lorde, whose phenomenal début single ‘Royals‘ has just entered a slurry of Billboard Charts, most notably the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart at # 30, making her just the 6th female vocalist after the mighty M.I.A, Natalie Imbruglia, Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morissette and Natalie Merchant to launch a début single within the top 30 of the chart.
Interestingly, all the above mentioned vocalists charted with singles that went ahead to become their biggest hits while enjoying massive cross-over success on multi-format charts.
M.I.A’s ‘Paper Planes‘ eventually peaked at # 4 on the Hot 100, while Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn‘ spent an incredible 11 weeks at # 1 on the Radio Songs Chart (the song was not released as a physical single and charted solely on the basis of airplay).
Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know‘ peaked at # 6 on the Hot 100, heralding the arrival of one of the biggest selling albums of all time, the 34 million selling ‘Jagged Little Pill‘.
Meredith Brooks took ‘Bitch‘ all the way to # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while ex-10,000 Maniacs vocalist Natalie Merchant charted as high as # 10 (her only top 10 hit) with her first solo single ‘Carnival‘ from her 5 times Platinum-certified solo début album ‘Tigerlily‘.
If the above stats are anything to go by, Lorde should unleash some major chart slay-age very soon.
‘Royals‘ is Lorde’s début single, and is an instantly addictive track that is included in her début EP ‘The Love Club‘.
The song boasts of sparse instrumentation and pure, crystalline vocals by the young chanteuse – and there’s certainly an edge to the number that makes it sonically stand out of the crowd.
Vocally, Lorde is a stripped down yet gritty version of Natalie Merchant meets Florence Welsh, with a little Ellie Goulding thrown in.
Following the EP (which debuts at # 191 on the Billboard 200 this week), Lorde will be releasing her full-length album soon.
I wouldn’t sleep on her I were you.
Check out Lorde’s ‘Royals‘ right here :