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Everybody wants a piece of the Lorde action. With the New Zealand teen's smash single "Royals" in the Top 10 if not Number One on the rock and pop radio charts for weeks, NME reports that the 17-year-old singer/songwriter has just signed a massive deal with Songs Music Publishing that is worth $2.5 million. Company president Ron Perry told Billboard, "She's going to be a really big songwriter outside of Lorde. She's going to have a lot of big songs out there as Ella (Yellich O’Connor), she's a once-in-a-generation type artist."


  • The publisher would like Lorde to collaborate with other acts as well as compose songs for other artists.
  • "Royals" was also recently named the longest-running Number One single by a female musician on the Modern Rock chart.
  • Lorde's 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. It has remained in the Top 10 ever since.
  • She recently previewed a cover of the 1985 Tears For Fears classic, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," which will appear on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, due out next Tuesday (November 19th).
  • Earlier this week, Lorde performed at actress Tilda Swinton's birthday party, with guests including Karl Lagerfeld, David Bowie, Anna Wintour and Sofia Coppola.

DID YOU KNOW? A music publisher is responsible for ensuring that songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used commercially. Through a publishing contract, a songwriter or composer "assigns" the copyright of their composition to the publishing company. In return, the company licenses compositions, monitors where compositions are used, collects royalties and distributes them to the composers. They also secure commissions for music and promote existing compositions to other recording artists, film and television.


  • Is that a lot of money for an artist who has released just one album and one hit single?
  • What would you do or have done with this kind of success and money at the age of 17?
  • Do you think Lorde is a "once-in-a-generation" artist or a one-hit wonder being hyped to the max?

INTERNET COMMENTS at -- agree or not?

Danelle Love wrote" "Great stuff. A win win for all!"

Marlon wrote: "A good way to introduce yourself to the musical community at that age is with a #1 hit song. Thumbs up, girl."

Swisgard Skwigelf wrote: "F***ing CRAP!"

Read more at Billboard and NME

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