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Lorde Is Smarter Than You! What She Was Already Doing At 14 PLUS Hear Her Pre-Teen Cover Of Kings Of Leon!

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What were you up to when you were 14-years-old??

We're going to guess probably not proofreading a 40,000 word manuscript! But then again, you're not Lorde!

Growing up with an award-winning poet for a mother, Lorde's upbringing has centered around the written word. So much so that her mum trusted her then 14-year-old daughter to edit her master's thesis for her! Proud parent Sonja explained:

"Ella's a better writer than I'll ever be. A couple of years ago, I wrote a thesis for my master's, and I asked Ella to proofread it – 40,000 words. She did an incredible job. And she was 14."

That is cah-razy impressive, but certainly not shocking! Only two years later, Lorde's lyrics are now breathing new life into pop music, not to mention burning up the charts.

Her new found fame has kept her out of high school the past year and she's still not sure if she'll even graduate. But when you've got the gift that Lorde's got, maybe a classroom education really isn't necessary.

Lorde spoke about her high school days, saying:

"I don't know how school's going to go. I read and write so much anyway, I don't feel I'm particularly missing out."

We're not suggesting she drop out altogether but she does make a solid argument: school will always be there. But she can't let this moment pass her by!

Since being discovered during a middle-school talent show, Lorde has been waiting to let the world hear what she has to say, and has been working hard to get to where she is now.

Her hard work is finally paying off in a VERY big way. But as Royal-ly beloved as she's become, Lorde still manages to stay humble. She remembered back to when her music career was just getting off the ground, saying:

"I've always had a low voice, but you can find a couple of shitty covers on YouTube from when I was 12 or whatever, and my voice is quite nasal. Strange tonally. I got to strip all that stuff back and kind of rebuild the machinery, take a lot of twang out of my sound."

We found one of those covers and all we can say is, Lorde couldn't be more wrong!

Ch-ch-check out what we would consider to be one of the purest covers of Kings of Leon that our ears have ever heard - 12-year-old Lorde singing Use Somebody! (below)

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23 comments to “Lorde Is Smarter Than You! What She Was Already Doing At 14 PLUS Hear Her Pre-Teen Cover Of Kings Of Leon!”

  1. Kaylee says – reply to this


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  2. Demi's Fat Ass says – reply to this


    Mouth O' Mighty who is beginning a career with slamming other artists..

  3. Ugh, shut up Lorde says – reply to this


    She's SO fucking overrated. Her vocals aren't that good and her writing is shit compared to other songwriters who aren't in the press, bashing everyone whom they think is beneath them. She has the potential to be a decent artist, but her attitude makes her really fucking unlikable. I really hope the Grammy's bypass her when she gets nominated for Best New Artist (which she will get a nomination, unfortunately), and chooses someone worthy.

  4. 4

    So unremarkable my ears were wilting when I randomly picked a son to listen to.
    Re: Ugh, shut up Lorde – Totally agree.

  5. 5

    well done girl unlike the hoarish selena

  6. Me says – reply to this


    hey perez srsly i am 13 and i wrote my first book with 12 and now am i a genius? no i am just a normal girl who wrote her first song at the age of 6 it's normal not genius and lorde isn't clever or sth

  7. 7

    I don't get why everyone thinks she's overrated– has anyone actually sat down and listened to her songwriting choices and her lyrics? she's nothing like any 16 year old I've ever known, and I've spent my whole life around songwriters and musicians. She's done something different, and though it was a silly move to start slamming everyone, she has a point– so many people are riding of the back of their acting talent or other fame, and definitely do not deserve to be successful musicians, compared with some of the unknown talent in the world. I just don't get why everyone has to bash people all the time, just let her be, if you don't like the music, fine.

  8. 8

    I'm not loving her like the rest of the world.. in fact.. her song drives me nuts.. i have to change the station they play it.

  9. 9

    Well then, THAT explains it…

  10. EToland says – reply to this


    Re: YouAreNotKateD – I agree! She's way deeper and more polished than when Taylor Swift started her career at 16! As a singer/songwriter myself, I think she's amazing and her song "Royals" is brilliant, along with the rest of her album. Her voice sounds just as good live as it does recorded, and many artists can't pull that off these days.

  11. Pete says – reply to this


    Hi Perez. Thanks for these kind comments about Lorde. She is very talented and smart too. I think her comments about the music industry are right on the money too. Others like Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morrisette have said much the same things, but not at 16!

    If you have a great talent, you can say what you think. If you muck around, you lose impact also. Lorde goes straight to the heart of the matter - with a sharp arrow like Cochise.

  12. Pete says – reply to this


    Re: YouAreNotKateD – Thanks. You are quite correct. Lorde is being judged by inferiors.

  13. Yup says – reply to this


    I once read a wise comment from someone saying that music is art which makes it all opinion based. For people to say how terrible a person she is because she "bashed" other artists then in turn bash her music makes you no different than her. You have the right to not like her music but you look like a fool when you bash her for bashing others. (Plus, do your research! She didn't bash EVERYONE and she kind of has a point to some of the things she did say…)
    Now although music is based on opinion, I'm gathering most that put down her music haven't listened to her entire album or even looked at her lyrics. For a songwriter at 16, she is very talented. I do agree with Perez saying she's breathing new life into the music charts. It's nice to see artists such as her and Adele being marketed for their music, not because they look great in a gold body suit or can twerk.

  14. 14

    Re: Yup – You are right but I really couldn't make myself listen to more than three of her songs. Same style, same whinging attitude. No, definitely not something I (personally) like. The only way I will hear anything she will ever sing would be on the radio, caught unawares and possibly unable to fiddle with the dials (I usually only listen to the radio while driving).
    This said, I am sure there are people that like her style. I am just bored with it.

  15. 15

    Re: Me – Even without your confession, I could tell you are a writer. Your eloquence and mastery of the false notion shines through.

  16. ciofy says – reply to this


    ok,she is smart and i like her,but just because she is successful and has creativity doesn't mean she's smarter than all of us.
    each of us can do something great in different ways.
    you can be smart but have no creativity

  17. ciofy says – reply to this


    Re: Yup – well,no.if your ”bashing” is well argued then you are different.
    all you need is arguments and respect

  18. ciofy says – reply to this


    Re: Yup – depends.if i have arguments and respect,then my ”bashing” is justified.

  19. Yup says – reply to this


    @Re: ciofy – That's exactly my point. Anyone has the right to not like certain types of music. It's the way people approach the situation. If a person can give an intelligent &/or constructive criticism, that's great! It's the details and the hypocrisy in statements that just bother me.

  20. Yup says – reply to this


    Re: Bella2u – Your statement is the EXACT thing that needs to be said when a person doesn't like a style of music. :) It's intelligent and not crass. That was the point of my comment. Much appreciated :)

  21. TJ says – reply to this


    Re: Ugh, shut up Lorde – Oh shut up, you damned hipster. You only hate her because she's mainstream right now.

  22. Adam Jewl says – reply to this


    Lorde has been writing her own songs since she was 12, and prefers to be called a musician instead of just a singer. She says she is “first and foremost a writer it’s all about the lyrics.”

  23. Adam Jewl says – reply to this


    Lorde is the name on everyone’s lips and Royals is the record in everyone’s iPods