Lorde ushers in 18th year on high note with ‘Mockingjay’

By Managing Editor

Most people would not recognize the name Ella Yelich-O’Connor if they heard it on the street, but the pop-phenomenon who calls herself Lorde on stage has maintained her fame in the music industry since she burst into the scene with her Platinum record Pure Heroine

in 2013.

The singer turned 18 on Nov. 7, which may be surprising to her less-informed, casual fans seeing as she has accomplished more in the last couple years than the average person would dream of. 

Lorde released her first EP, The Love Club, when she was just 17 years old and quickly rose to fame with her hit single “Royals,” an infectious track that deals with mature issues such as class and the prevalent materialistic ideals in today’s society.

What many do not know about Lorde, though, is that the down-to-earth singer has done much more than just release her debut full-length at a younger age than many of her competitors.

The pop star won her first Grammy award at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014, for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals,” accepting her award in what would prove to be her typical awkward, but humble, fashion. 

The Auckland, New Zealand native has been called a prodigy by many, is rumored to have already recorded with Kanye West and has repeatedly rivaled music industry veterans with her confidence.

In a 2013 interview with The Fader, Lorde challenged Lana Del Rey, suggesting that her lyrics are unhealthy for the young audience that gravitates toward the “Born to Die” singer. 

“I think a lot of women in this industry maybe aren’t doing so well for the girls,” Lorde said in the interview. “I listened to that Lana Del Rey record, and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: ‘I’m nothing without you.’ This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff. That’s not a good thing for young girls, even young people, to hear.”

But Lorde has been up to a lot more than just maintaining her general realness as of late. What could be better than a film involving both Katniss Everdeen and the perfection that is Lorde? The pop star was responsible for curating the entire soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1,” the major motion picture that is set to hit theaters nationwide Nov. 21.

The soundtrack features Lorde’s vocals on her new track “Yellow Flicker Beat,” and she even treated fans to the debut of the single’s accompanying music video on the eve of her birthday Nov. 6. 

Fans may have to wait a while for Lorde’s next release, but they can take solace in listening to her on the majority of the “Mockingjay” soundtrack, as she not only curated the album but also has three original tracks on it and is featured on another.

It’s hard to imagine what she will do next, but based on her marvelous track record so far, it should be safe to predict that Lorde’s 18th year will be another success.