Debut single 'Royals' reaches No 1
Amy Weller

12:37 13th August 2013

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Teen sensation Lorde has become the first solo female to reach No 1 in Billboard's Alternative chart with her single 'Royals', since Tracy Bonham topped it with 'Mother Mother' 17 years ago.

Born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the New Zealand singer songwriter Lorde has achieved a massive breakthrough success with the track taken from her debut EP The Love Club. The single is also due to feature on her debut album Pure Heroine, which is set for release in September.

Only a shockingly low number of female solo artists have reached this position, 10 songs by females have managed it in the 25 year history of the alternative chart. Lorde's predecessors include Alanis Morissette who recorded three of the hits to make it to No 1 and Sinead O'Connor who recorded two.

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Having signed a deal with Universal Records when she was only 12 years old, Lorde could be set for the big time. Her second single 'Tennis Court' is continuing to propel the young artist into mainstream attention.

Below: 9 teenage stars set to take over the world

  • Chloe Howl (18): Chloe Howl isn't just another teenage girl singer, she's gutsy and cute and isn't afraid to tell you exactly what the score is, such as her new single 'No Strings'. She doesn't want to act like her life is like Glee and we sure as hell don't want her too either.

  • MNEK (19): Whilst most of us were struggling through A-Levels when we were 18, this guy has already produced tracks for Rudimental, Little Mix, and co-wrote the dance track of the year so far, 'Need U 100%' by Duke Dumont & A*M*E. Impressed? You should be.

  • A*M*E (18): BFF of MNEK, A*M*E (or Aminata Kabba to her friends and family), caught the interest of Gary Barlow and signed to his Future record label in 2010. She was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and was featured on the No.1 dance track 'Need U 100%'. This girl has so much attitude and talent, it hurts.

  • Ella Eyre (19): Ella is the incredible voice behind Rudimental's No.1 track 'Waiting All Night'. She's collaborated with Bastille too, which adds to her credentials as one of the coolest teenagers in music. She also has amazing hair.

  • Birdy (17): Jasmine van den Bogaerd was noticed when she was 14 for her cover of 'Skinny Love' by Bon Iver. She's released a debut album, received a Grammy nomination and performed at the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic games, and isn't even 18 yet.

  • The Strypes (15-16): This rhythm and blues four-piece have been jamming together since they were in primary school and are on the way to Glasto this summer. When questioned about their age they said, "50s rock and roll was being played by teenagers for teenagers". How true.

  • Denai Moore (19): Denai Moore is what would happen if James Blake and Tracey Chapman produced a child. A wonderful, musical child. She's supported Iron & Wine and is supporting Tom Odell at Somerset House as well as being a performer in her own right with a set at Green Man festival in August.

  • Tiny Dancer (18): Heralding from a small village near Sheffield, no one seems to know much about her but it's ok because she makes such beautiful, bohemian music. Tiny Dancer is hiding out in a recording studio in L.A so all we can do is countdown until her debut drops.

  • Rainy Milo (17): New track 'Deal Me Briefly' showcases exactly why Milo was on the MOBO Awards' One's to Watch list and why the interest for her EP Limey spread all the way to MTV. Her soulful music has lead to slots at Field Day, Blissfields and Lovebox this summer.

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