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Thank you, Lorde, For a different kind of buzz

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The Kiwi singer-songwriter with a precocious knack for lyricism gives pop music a refreshingly original sound 


'Don't you think it's boring how people talk?'' goes the first line of Tennis Court, the opening number of Lorde's first full-length album, Pure Heroine. For this 16-year-old New Zealander, that line succinctly sums up the essence of her oh-so-universal teenage ennui mixed with a sharply anti-materialistic attitude and minimalist production that defies contemporary pop. She was still pretty much unknown until only a few months ago when, seemingly out of nowhere, her single Royals shot straight to No1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, leaving pop heavyweights like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga (and their fans) scratching their heads wondering who the hell this girl is.

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