With her breakout single “Royals,” Lorde is the first solo woman to top Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart in 17 years. The chart has had a strong female presence in the past with female-led groups like Evanescence, Florence + the Machine and Paramore, but it hasn’t been lead by a woman since Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother” in 1996. Previous to Bonham, Alanis Morissette took the number one spot three times, as well as tracks by Tori Amos and Sinead O’Connor, but no female has taken the spot in Lorde’s lifetime.
Born Elle Yelich-O’Connor, the 16-year-old New Zealand native signed a development deal with Universal Records at the age of 12. She released her first EP “The Love Club” earlier this year and it has spent the last two weeks at its No. 49 highpoint on the Billboard 200. Her full-length debut album Pure Heroine will include “Royals” and “Tennis Court” plus eight new songs and is expected to release on September 27.
Listen to Lorde’s chart-topping “Royals” and her other hit “Tennis Court” below.