Real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor. Born 7 November 1986 in Takapuna, New Zealand.
Croatian mother and Irish father. Raised in Auckland with her two sisters and brother.
Based on various interviews here's the top 15 things she wants you to know.
I always had a lot of books around growing up and I just read my whole childhood. I didn't go out or do anything. I was just reading the whole time. Before I started writing songs I wrote short fiction.
My parents listened to lot of contemporary music from the 2000s. Counting Crows, David Grey, Powderfinger and later introduced me to the Beatles, Nina Simone, Radiohead and also great pop songwriters like Burt Bacharach.
In The Beginning
I was originally going to record other peoples songs, but I knew that's not what I wanted. So I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote.
Lorde's first song "Royals" turned her into an international star.
She gave herself the name Lorde because of her fascination with aristocracy. She added the "E" on the end to feminize it.
I don't know what I would be doing if I wasn't making music
Being A Star
I don't party much and make sure I don't get into too much trouble.
My friends are cool with me being a star. People who have known me for a long time aren't weird as long as I'm not weird to them.
I consider famous people to be the most beautiful collection of people. They're like beautiful aliens. I feel very normal and not a natural born celebrity.
Social media is always been part of my life, so it's a language I've always been fluent in. I mostly use it to be in touch with friends. I like to have a connection with people.
There are lots of people, but it's like one of those things that it's weird to talk about. Until it happens, you know, because it might not work out or something.
If you don't get too invested in it and you don't take what people are saying about you too seriously. Then I think you're okay.
I have a blanket that I take everywhere with me. It's nice to have that in every city. Before we go on stage the song we play before they walk out is Daft Punk "Doing It Right". It makes me feel that the show is going well.
I've always loved pop musically. I think it's such a powerful thing, but at the same time I'm a writer and read so much. I wasn't just going to make music really poppy.
I think there are artists who are really incredible role models and not something that I admire. I love Grimes. I think that she's, not so much for the music, but just kind of her sexual politics and stuff. She's really interesting. Then I feel like Taylor Swift is a really good role model and that the girls who listen to her music are so devoted to her. What she's saying it's pretty cool. I think it's empowering.
Writing A Song
Typically I must start with something lyrical. Whether that be a single word for a little phrase. Which kind of helps me to figure out this concept I've been thinking about. Then I'll take it to my producer and we'll start working on the beat and figure out some melodies. Generally the lyrics come first, yeah.
I think it's still developing, because my co-writer, Joel Little, we started writing together when I was almost fifteen. I'm almost seventeen now. "Royals" was like the fourth or fifth song we wrote together. In the scheme of things that's pretty fast work. The sound is still developing for sure.