Ella Yelich-O’Connor, also known as Lorde, is a 17 year old singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She first signed to Universal Music at the age of 12 and began writing around age 13 or 14. She put out her first album, Pure Heroine, on September 27, 2013 in New Zealand and September 30 in the United States. Lorde is the primary writer for all her songs, along with her producer Joel Little. Lorde says the album was “inspired by her youth and critiques of mainstream culture.” The indie-pop album reached No. 1 in New Zealand, No. 2 in Australia, and No. 3 in the United States. Lorde has been compared to the famous artist Lana Del Rey as well as the bands Massive Attack and the XX.