Release Date: Sept. 30
The stateside ascent of Lorde—the 16-year-old whose single “Royals” has become the first Alternative chart-topper from a lead solo female artist since 1996—ahead of her debut album has been astonishingly rapid. But the artist born Ella Yelich O’Connor has been honing her unflappable pop persona since signing a label deal in her native New Zealand at the age of 12. As “Royals” continues to cross over to mainstream audiences (it’s No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100), Lorde has unveiled a score of similarly biting new material at select U.S. performances, setting off a bidding war after making her U.S. live debut on Aug. 6.