Lorde sings about never being a royal, but her signing to SONGS Music gave the boutique publisher the crown in the most hotly contested songwriter derby the publishing industry had seen in years. In November, with "Royals" perched at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, SONGS inked the 17-year-old sensation for a reported $2.5 million advance. Overall, Billboard estimates "Royals" earned nearly $1 million ($987,000) just from U.S. radio performance royalties and mechanical royalties from U.S. album and track sales in the final quarter of 2013 alone, when it was the top radio song.

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