LORDE’s “Royals” Reaches #1 On Billboard Hot 100 And iTunes (@lordemusic)

Lorde+Lorde+Visits+Morning+Radio+Show+7pHBUYzl9KPlLORDE‘s platinum-selling breakthrough single“Royals”is making history yet again. The song just reached #1 onBillboard‘s Hot 100 Chart, and the 16-year-oldNew Zealandphenomenon is the youngest artist to top the chart since 1987.“Royals”recently set a new record for “Longest #1 at Alternative Radio by a Female Artist” with a staggering seven weeks at the top.

Upon learning the news, she exclusively toldBillboard, “It feels like a combination of my birthday, Christmas and washing my hair after a month of not doing so. [I’m] very, very grateful for everyone’s love and kind words.”

Currently,LORDEis ruling over multiple charts.“Royals”has held the #1 spot at Alternative and AAA radio for seven consecutive weeks, and it has become the #1 greatest gainer at Rhythmic and Hot AC formats.“Royals”also soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart as well as #1 on the Alternative Songs Chart. The follow-up single“Team”is currently the #1 most added record at Alternative radio, and has climbed to #8 on the Alternative Songs Chart. This adds up to an accumulated audience of over 146 million people.

This news arrives in tandem with the release of her full-length debut,Pure Heroine[Lava/Republic Records], in stores now. Once the album became available, it landed at #1 on the Amazon MP3 Chart and #3 on the Album Chart. At iTunes, it ascended to #1 on the Overall Top Albums Chart, while eight other album tracks float up the Top 100 Alternative Singles chart.

LORDE‘s reign has just begun.This week, she’s been making the rounds with a bevy of high-profile television appearances. She performed onLate Night With Jimmy Fallonand is set to perform onGood Morning AmericaOctober 4andEllenonOctober 9. She’s also sold out numerous shows acrossthe United Stateson her inaugural headline tour.

In addition,VEVO,the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, has officially electedLORDEas its latestLIFTartist. As part of the initiative, viewers may enter the her world via exclusive music video premieres, interviews, and behind-the-scenes vignettes on a dedicated page acrossVEVO’s apps and web platform.LORDE‘sLIFTprogram kicks off in the US and UK today, making her the first-ever international selection by VEVO.

Placing the teen in league withAdele,The Civil Wars,Regina Spektor, and other leaders,VH1has dubbedLORDEtheir “You Oughta Know” artist for September. It’s a prestigious honor, heralding her arrival stateside as a trend-setter.

As soon as it was released,“Royals”stirred up a frenzy online. It reached the coveted #1 spot onHype Machine, and it has racked up over 35.5 million YouTube/VEVO views. She has received the endorsement ofPitchfork,Gorilla vs. Bear, andStereogum.

Meanwhile,Entertainment Weeklycalled“Royals”“finger-snap addictive”,Huffington Postexalted her as “the next queen of pop”, andVicedescribed her best as “a talented teenage badass”. Last year, she tookNew Zealandby storm when her self-released,The Love ClubEP, rose to #1 on the country’s top albums chart.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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