Lorde shined at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre

Lorde

If you haven’t heard of Lorde (aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor) yet, you’re seriously missing out. She’s the teen sensation from New Zealand who is taking the music scene by storm with her smash hit single, “Royals,” which now sits atop the iTunes singles chart. I hadn’t heard of her until a few months ago when my pal Joey asked if we should get tickets to her show at downtown Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre (an old venue now open for concerts). I headed over to YouTube and was blown away by what I heard (watch the music video for “Royals” below), I knew I simply had to see her in concert.

Lorde

Last night, Lorde did not disappoint at all, I thought she sounded incredible and I felt as if I was witnessing something really special. For being only 16 she was a consummate performer and appeared as if she’s been doing this for years. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, drops this coming Monday but you can stream it right now over on VH1. Plus next week keep your eyes peeled as I will be hosting an album giveaway, it’s definitely one of 2013′s best releases, and I can’t wait to see this girl rise to the top, she’s going to be huge. (Many thanks to Joey for snapping some pictures last night.)

Lorde

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