Lorde was arguably one of the most prominent singers in 2013 due to the massive success of her breakthrough single “Royals.” At 26, she has released three studio albums, received numerous awards and accolades, and amassed a devoted fan base.
Fans may wonder how she is doing almost a decade after her success and silence, as Lorde has kept much to herself. She has been in the industry for quite some time, beginning when she was only 16. As of this year, she is estimated to have a net worth of $16 million.
According to reports, the singer-songwriter relies heavily on album sales, concerts, and music streams after breaking through barriers and becoming an international sensation.
Forbes Magazine named her one of the world’s most influential teenagers in 2012, and she was included on its “30 Under 30” list.
Her humble beginnings in the industry set a tone for the singer, prompting many to question whether she is still a one-hit-wonder.
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is known for releasing music slowly. Her debut studio album, “Pure Heroine,” was released in 2013, and it quickly became a huge success thanks to its first single, “Royals.”
According to the New York Post, she won MTV Song of the Year and the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for the hit single.
“Melodrama,” her second studio album, was released in 2017, a few years after her first, which was understandable. The New Zealand native drew attention because numerous accolades and trophies accompanied her debut in the industry.
With the release of the singles “Greenlight,” “Perfect Places,” and “Homemade Dynamite,” the 26-year-old singer did not disappoint, showing audiences a new side to herself, her artistry, and her music.
“Melodrama” delves into Lorde’s experiences and self-discovery. She enlisted the assistance of producer Jack Antonoff to work on the album.
With the release of her third album, “Solar Power,” questions about her one-hit wonder status have long been pushed to the sidelines.
Lorde has stated unequivocally that she intends to stay. According to reports, her self-awareness and sense of perspective have kept her grounded and going. Being labeled as a one-hit wonder hasn’t bothered her too much.
She revealed to the New York Times, as she spoke about “Solar Power”:
“I know enough to know that people in my position are symbols and archetypes and where we meet people, in the context of culture and current events, is sort of outside of our control, so I try not to fret too much.”
“It’s a very funny position to be in. It’s absurd.”
However, this attitude has kept her afloat and relevant in the industry, allowing people to see how she has grown between “Melodrama” and “Solar Power.”
One might even question why she was labeled a one-hit wonder first, especially after “Melodrama” was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammy Awards.