Lorde, the 16-year old singer/songwriter has become the youngest artist to enter Britain’s singles charts at number one since 1998. The Official Charts Company announced the news on Sunday that the only other artist to do the same was Billie, 15-year-old British pop artist who scored a number one with “Because we want to” in 1998.
Lorde’s debut single “Royals” beat former TV talent show winner James Arthur to the top of the charts. The New Zealand-born singer’s bump to first knocked “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic into third place.
For the Americans, Katy Perry jumped to No. 1 with “Prism”, selling 12,000 more copies than Briton James Blunt’s new album “Moon Landing”. John Newman’s “Tribute” was number one last week and now moved to third, while Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli’s new album “Love in Portofino” entered the charts at number five.