New Zealand newcomer Lorde took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week for her hit, “Royals.” At the age of 16, she is the youngest artist to do so in 26 years.
In a new interview with AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman, the singer (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) says she thinks the record-making honor is “not too shabby” and explains why she feels audiences have connected with her music.
“I’m in a genre where there’s a lot of falsifying and a lot of things being about appearances and if someone goes out without makeup it’s a big deal. There’s a lot of really strict stuff that goes on, but I’m just a loser and a normal person and I think people can relate to that,” she said. “And I’m from Auckland, New Zealand. I’m pretty far removed from any of the worlds that populate being a celebrity so I kind of talk about it as an observer, which I think people like.”
Have industry insiders tried to change her, now that she’s taking over the charts? Not yet, Lorde said.
“People realize that I know what I’m doing,” she said. “And also I’m like, a sick control freak. I’m just a nightmare to work with.”
By “nightmare” the singer said she means she is very demanding.
“I’m very specific, so if a font isn’t quite right or like, the border around something isn’t a thick enough line, I’m quite intense,” she explained.
Though she’s just 16, Lorde exhibits a maturity and poise far beyond her years – but she’s not quite sure why.
“I hang out with a lot of boys and a lot of people older than me, so maybe that has something to do with it?” she said.
As for how she’s staying grounded, the singer said relies on her family to keep her humble.
“My mom travels with me… but [my parents] don’t help me with career stuff. I think if you try to mix your family with your work, it can get weird,” she said. “I need a family when I’m hugely busy and stressed out, and I need people who can just treat me like that person as opposed to this person.
“My family’s like, ‘Shut up. Go do the dishes,’” she said with a laugh.
Lorde’s debut album, “Pure Heroine,” is available now.