While the song “Royals” has been gaining momentum over the past couple of months, it has finally gotten to the point where people are noticing the person behind the music: Lorde. I think that Lorde sounds a bit like Adele and decided to do a comparison of the two. I was surprised by the number of similarities between them. Let’s take a look.
Names: While both ladies go with a single moniker, Adele comes by hers honestly. Her full birth name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, while Lorde’s is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor. How did Lorde come up with her name? “When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord' was super rad, but really masculine — ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy. So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e' on the end! Some people think it's religious, but it's not.” Okay then!
Origins: This is also known to us Americans as “the cool accent factor.” While Adele hails from (and still lives in) England, Lorde is from New Zealand (note how similar the flags are!). Adele was born to a teen mom (mum), and her alcoholic father split when she was just three. Lorde, on the other hand, is the second of four kids to a civil engineer father and award winning poet mother. I wonder what her siblings are up to or if they feel like slackers in comparison?
Discovered: Lorde was discovered by Universal while performing in a talent show when she was 12. Adele had to cut three tracks for a school project, which were then posted on MySpace and discovered by someone from XL Recordings.
First Albums: Adele’s first album (“19”), as well as her second (“21”), was named after the age she was when she wrote the songs contained on them. While recognizing the double entendre of the name of Lorde’s first album (“Pure Heroine”), she says that she just liked the way the words looked together and wasn’t necessarily endeavoring to achieve that double meaning. Ages of first album releases: 19 for Adele and 16 for Lorde. Who knew Adele was a slow starter?
Influences: There is some good overlap on this one, namely with Etta James. Lorde grew up listening to Otis Redding and Etta James, and she was also influenced by Kanye West. Adele started listening to Etta James every night for an hour when she was a teenager, and also noted that Beyoncé was a major influence. Adele describes listening to Pink perform as one of the most defining moments in her life.
Privacy: Lorde has says she is very protective of her image, and she initially only released one photo of herself so that the focus would only be on her music (Miley Cyrus also subscribes to this strategy). Adele has been famously private. Example: the last blog entry (on her own website) is from June 2012 when she announced her pregnancy (her bambino is now a year old).
Singles: Lorde’s first single (“Royals”) has gone to #1 in the US, whereas Adele’s first single (“Chasing Pavement”) only made it to #21. Her first #1 hit in this country was “Rolling in the Deep.” Adele won the Best New Artist Grammy a few years back; I would be surprised if Lorde wasn’t at least nominated for the same award.
In case you don’t have access to radio and haven’t heard “Royals”, here is the video, which features two of Lorde’s male friends. Enjoy!
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