By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
New Zealand’s Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, is taking the music scene by storm. Her debut smash hit “Royals” hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 heap, knocking out real life trainwreck Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” The royal tune’s setting up its reign in the kingdom of Digital Songs as well, having sold 294,000 downloads.
16-year-old Lorde is also the youngest to reach No. 1 since 16-year-old Tiffany did in November of 1987. As far as all-time youngest ever, though, that honor still belongs to blind piano legend Stevie Wonder, whose song “Fingertips – Pt 2” peaked when he was just 13 years old in 1963.
What’s truly incredible about “Royals” and what makes its golden crown sparkle especially bright, is how long it’s lasted at the top of its genre. In the 25-year history of the Alternative Songs chart, her queenly melody has lasted the longest at seven weeks. The only song that’s come close to that is Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” from 1995, which held on for five weeks.
When asked how she felt beating so many other popular artists, Lorde humbly joked, “It’s hard for me to think about it, because those people are huge stars, but I don’t think of myself as such. Like, I know for fact that my hotel room is supermessy, and I’m just a disgusting person in general. I’m not like ‘Oooh, look at me!’ You feel like those people are godlike beings, not the case with this cat.”
Images courtesy of Lorde Facebook.