10 Reasons You And Your Kids Should Be Listening To 16-Year-Old Lorde

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If you’re not listening to 16-year-old Lorde‘s new album “Pure Heroine,” then we can’t be friends. This New Zealand songstress, otherwise known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor, demonstrated that she was clearly more than a flash in the pan with her single “Royals,” which you’ve been hearing eerily out of the bedroom of teenagers for the better half of the summer. But now I’m one of them, and I can’t even so much as pour a cup of tea without one of her melodic songs in the background.

While I’m generally hesitant at throwing around the word “role model” for young people in the entertainment industry, Lorde has exhibited a few qualities that make her seem slightly more aware than your standard underage pop star. Here are some reasons to get this young lady on our kids’ iPods, as well as your own:

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1. She’s actually talented

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2. She’s critical of materialism

3. She identifies as a feminist and knows what the term actually means

I’d refer to myself as a feminist. I don’t think my music is overtly rooted in feminism…

I appreciate you saying that. One of my biggest disappointments is when an artist says, “I’m not a feminist! I love guys!”
That’s such a worrisome portrayal of feminism. A lot of girls think it’s not shaving under their arms and burning bras and hating boys, which just seems stone age to me. Websites like Rookie, Tavi Gevinson‘s website, are good for that kind of thing and educating girls on what it means to be a feminist. I really appreciate her work.

4. And she actually does read Rookie


5. She takes issue with what pop music generally tells young girls to value:

“You know, obviously I’m a feminist, and there are parts in that music that frustrate me…and I think how females are portrayed in pop music is not a super-healthy thing,” she said during an interview with Radio New Zealand. She then started talking about “a song [that] came out recently by a big pop star,” which ended up being Selena Gomez’s pop hit “Come and Get It.”

“I love the song,” she said, adding, “But the lyrical thing is ‘When you’re ready come and get it, I’ll be sitting right here just waiting.’ And I just find that so pathetic and you know, I don’t think that girls should be listening to that sort of thing and should think that that’s normal or healthy.”

6. She’s got awesome hair

7. She can hold an entire shot for three minutes

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8. She’s damn good live

9. She covers Kanye West
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10. She doesn’t remember a time when Britney Spears wasn’t cray (because she was born in 1996)


  1. CMJ

    October 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    My husband basically badgered me to listen to it and declared it the best album of 2013.

    • Koa_Beck

      October 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Your husband and I should hang out some time.

    • CMJ

      October 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      He’s the best if I do say so myself. 🙂

    • Eve Vawter

      October 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      This is getting all familyesque

  2. Emmali Lucia

    October 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I watched her on GMA this morning, I think the spastic movement really threw me off because I ended up changing the channel. I don’t mind her, but the jerky hand movements kind of reminded me of my grandmother with Parkinson’s.

    I enjoy her songs (Even if I perpetually have the lyrics wrong when I sing along), probably won’t trip over myself to see her live.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      October 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Lyrics wrong- The part of “Royals” where she says “You can call me Queen Bee.” My daughter and I were trying to sing it and forgot the words and my four year old son pipes in with “You can call me green bean.”

    • Emmali Lucia

      October 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      That’s adorable!

  3. Eve Vawter

    October 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    see, my kid got me into her, I LOVE her

  4. Sara610

    October 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Love, love, LOVE this girl. I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about the video for “Tennis Court”–I found it deeply unsettling at first. But I’ve decided that I completely love it and HOLY CRAP HOW IS THIS GIRL ONLY 16?!

  5. EmmaFromÉire

    October 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Listen to the mash up of Paper Planes and Royals. Repeat. You’re welcome.

  6. Sundaydrive00

    October 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    So… I really am the only one who doesn’t like her?

    I was complaining to my boyfriend the other day that the “stupid royal song” was on 3 different stations on my way home from work. At the same time! And the other 3 stations on my preset were on commercial break.

    His response?

    Thats the best song, why wouldn’t you want it to be on every station?!


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    • Annie

      October 5, 2013 at 3:13 am

      I hate ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and feel the same way. Different strokes for different folks.

  7. Ginny

    October 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve always loved Lorde, right from her debut, before her songs ever became popular. I’m glad she’s getting popularity now, but I hope nothing changes about her because of that. A few people only know Royals and aren’t big enough fans of the artist to go looking for her other songs.

  8. Annie

    October 5, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Oh she’s so good, and she looks like Janet Jackson! What a doll. <3

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