Lorde celebrated her 17th birthday in New York City on Wednesday night (November 6th) by posting an open letter to her fans and friends on Tumblr. The “Royals” singer’s birthday is actually November 7th, but she commemorated it on the 6th since it was already her birthday in her home country of New Zealand. Lorde wrote, “In New Zealand, it’s my birthday, but in New York, there’s still a day to go. This is my first birthday away from home, which is cool except that my little brother, who was born on the same day as me, turns twelve today. Happy birthday, Angelo. I owe you lots of icebreaker sours.”
Lorde wrote that on her last birthday, “I was making a Soundcloud, and a Twitter, and a Tumblr, all in the name Lorde. I had no clue what was going to happen with the music . . . last night, I played to a room of people whose names I worship, breathe like fine gold smoke, reverent.”
She continued, “I felt so warm in the arms of these legends who are good enough to have faith in me, weird little screwball that I am. I realize over and over every day just how lucky i am to be here.”
Lorde also hinted at her future plans, saying, “I’m already thinking about the next project, about reinvention, and personae, and theatricality and subtlety, and simplicity and complexity. And strength.”
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, has had the Number One single on the BillboardHot 100 for six weeks now with “Royals,” which was also recently named the longest-running chart-topping single by a female musician on the Modern Rock chart.
Her debut album Pure Heroine sold 129,000 copies in its first week to debut at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart last month.