October 28, 2013 12:00 PM

>LORDE

“Royals” just hit No. 1. How did you celebrate?

I went to see [the alt-rock band] Phoenix play in New York. I love them. It was so cool!

People like Selena Gomez have even been covering the song.

It’s always surprising. I noticed [singer-songwriter] Mayer Hawthorne did this mellow, jazzy cover, which was quite interesting.

Your real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor. How did you come up with Lorde (pronounced “Lord”)?

“Lord” is an aristocratic title, and I like the juxtaposition of something quite strong and masculine and then adding the “E” to make it kind of soft and feminine.

Your music is pretty mature and moody for your age. How do you explain it?

Teenagers are pretty moody—that’s who we are! There’s a lot of ambivalence and feeling lonely. I’ve also got a lot of older friends, so maybe that contributes to me sounding older.

“Royals” knocked Miley Cyrus from the top of the charts. Are you a fan?

I really like her songs. I think they’re awesome. I’ve tweeted about them many times!

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