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Kiwi teenager Lorde scores debut number one in British charts

LONDON (Reuters) - Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Lorde has become the youngest artist to enter Britain's singles charts at number one since 1998, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

New Zealand-born Lorde's debut single "Royals" beat former TV talent show winner James Arthur to the top of the charts, pushing last week's number one "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic into third place.

Only 15-year-old British pop artist Billie has entered the chart top spot at a younger age, when in 1998 she scored a number one with "Because we want to".

American Katy Perry racked up her second album chart number one with "Prism", selling 12,000 more copies than Briton James Blunt's new album "Moon Landing". Last week's number one, "Tribute" by John Newman, fell to third place.

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli's new album "Love in Portofino" entered the charts at number five.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Alison Williams)

Oct 28, 2013 8:47AM
Her lyrics are beyond her years because she doesn't write them...Joel Little does; he's the lead singer of Goodnight Nurse. She has a wonderful voice and I am a big fan of the song, Team, but i'm torn. I wish she would have been the writer as well.
Oct 28, 2013 7:20AM

She shouldn't be ripping other artists..  It's just a song that somebody else probably wrote for her....

      As an aside.... I wonder where feminism would be if there were no men around to build buildings, fix the plumbing, the electric, empty the septic tank, fix the car/boat/plane/tank/rv etc. pave the roads, build the bridges and on and on and on.......  You say women could do those things???   Yes,,, but they don't do they???    Let's face it,,, we are equal,, we just do different things and think different things.... As a female,,,, you are not better...just different..... And if men weren't in the world,,,, well,,, why don't you just Google the list of female inventions and try to live with just those inventions for a week???   Then tell us all again how superior women are.......  

Oct 28, 2013 6:54AM
I love that song and I had no idea she was 15! I'm two years older than she, and I couldn't dream of singing like that.
Oct 28, 2013 6:49AM
Good for her and anyone else that gets noticed by the entertainment industry these days.  She may end up being a one hit wonder, but she got her moment and that is more than what most of us can get.  I listened to her album and this was the only song I liked, so I hope some writers help her out with more hits and she goes far.  If not, I hope she stays in school, gets a degree, and makes something of herself.
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