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Music Beats Cancer: Lorde

Music Beats Cancer

For those who don’t know her, Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Conner is a notable New Zealand singer and songwriter. She is better known by her stage name Lorde

She started performing at a very early age, and it was quickly made apparent by many around her that she has talent, one that was bound to get her far. Everything started for her very early on as she signed with the global music corporation known as Universal Music Group in 2009. She was barely 13 years old back then, but she quickly started working.

Lorde’s first solo project, her EP called The Love Club, was released in 2013. The single Royals quickly gained popularity across the globe and made her an international sensation. Her first album, Pure Heroine, promptly followed suit. The very next year, she curated the soundtrack of the top-rated movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Several tracks like the Yellow Flicker Beat were hers.

In 2017, she released her second album, Melodrama, that brought her massive success and a number one spot in the United States charts.

Lorde also received numerous awards for the short time she spent on the scene. She already has two Grammys, a Golden Globe nomination, and two Brit Awards. What’s more, she has sold over five million albums. 

We best know her for her music, though, a unique blend of electropop that’s mixed with indie-electro and dream pop. To accompany the ingenious music scores, she also creates unique and thoughtful texts.

Naturally, her talent is not all we’re interested in today, but it certainly adds to what a fantastic person she is, one that strives to change the world to something better. She is much younger than many other artists who are trying to be agents of positive change in the world, and yet she has no problem using her new-found wealth and influence to bring more good to this world. 

She is a big supporter of the Red Cross, and has shown extreme care for causes like human rights, disaster relief, and does her part to combat AIDS and HIV. In 2013, she joined many other artists to produce a compilation album called Songs for the Philippines. It was a joint effort by more than 30 artists to collect money to help the people of the Philippines in their greatest time of need – after the terrible super typhoon Haiyan struck and brought devastation to the islands.

If that weren’t enough, she knows when one has to take a stand for something they genuinely believe in, which she demonstrated in early 2018 when she decided not to perform in Israel. Her decision came because of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine. The Israelis didn’t appreciate her decision, but other artists certainly did, as more than 100 of them came to support her. 

She also performed at many other concerts for charity. She even became a Muppet for a charity auction that was supposed to raise money for the largest pediatric hospital in New Zealand. 

With everything that Lorde has done and continues to do, we can say nothing less than the fact that she is a prominent agent of positive change for humanity.

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