5 Reasons Why Singer Lorde Will Be Your New Obsession

Sixteen-year-old New Zealander Ella Yelich-O'Connor (aka Lorde) has had two hit singles on the charts in the past year, and she's not even done with high school yet. With less than a year's experience with international fame, Lorde already seems to have originated her own highly marketable brand of music (gorgeous with a dash of moody), and acquired a rapidly growing fan base. Here are 5 reasons why we think she deserves it all.

Teen Musician Lorde Is a New Breed of Pixie Dream Girl

Sixteen-year-old New Zealander Ella Yelich-O'Connor (aka Lorde) has had two hit singles on the charts in the past year, and she's not even done with high school yet. With less than a year's experience with international fame, Lorde already seems to have originated her own highly marketable brand of music (gorgeous with a dash of moody), and acquired a rapidly growing fan base. Here are 5 reasons why we think she deserves it all.

She Turned a School Talent Show Into A Record Deal

"I did my school talent show, and it got filmed, and it ended up with Universal Music, which is my record company now," said Lorde in an interview with Ripe TV. No big deal.

She's More Believable Than Lana Del Rey

Lorde only just recently made her break as an up-and-comer in the music scene, and the Internet is already clamoring over itself to compare her to vaguely similar female artists. For reasons that are unclear to us, everyone seems to find her similar to Lana Del Rey (I guess somewhat dark music written by women all sounds the same to a YouTube commenter), but let's be clear: Lana Del Rey was manufactured to be a soulful hipster fantasy, and Lorde is a high school student whose performance at a talent show led her to international success. All natural curls and sultry eyes, this girl's 100 percent real.

'Royals' Makes Kreayshawn Look Kind of Dumb

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Lorde's first single, 'Royals', denounces brand names and consumption without any of the in-your-face obnoxiousness that was inherent to "Gucci Gucci." And Kreayshawn's what, 30?

She Loves Sofia Coppola As Much As We Do

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Lorde told NYMag that she's all about Sofia Coppola and The Bling Ring, and that makes her an instant tastemaker in our book. "I am a huge pop-culture person. I have this weird thing: I can’t not be obsessed with the train wrecks. The girls that have gotten all fucked up, the people that have overdoses. It’s just super interesting." We get you, Lorde.

The Video for 'Tennis Court' Will Give You Nightmares

All three-and-a-half minutes of the video for Lorde's new single, "Tennis Court," are entirely carried by her facial expressions. It's unsettling and haunting, and we love everything about it.