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The Year in Music 2013 -- Lorde Breaks Records with “Royals”

Image courtesy of ABC/Lou Rocco (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Lou Rocco (via ABC News Radio)

There’s no doubt that Lorde was the biggest thing to burst onto the Alternative rock scene in 2013.

At just 16 years old, the singer’s hit single, “Royals,” dominated the #1 slot on Billboard ’s Alternative Songs chart for six weeks in a row in August and September, making it the longest-running #1 single by a female solo artist in the chart’s 25-year history. In addition, “Royals” topped Billboard ’s Alternative Radio chart in August, making Lorde both the highest-charting female artist on that list in 17 years, and the youngest to climb so high.

In addition to making history on the charts, “Royals” also scored Lorde the prestigious Silver Scroll Award from the Australasian Performing Rights Association, and earned her three Grammy nominations: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Lorde’s debut album,  Pure Heroine , which features “Royals,”  debuted at the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, racking up 129,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pure Heroine also debuted in the top spot on the publication’s Alternative Albums chart that week.

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