It's been a good long while since the Billboard Hot 100 has seen someone as young as Lorde top the charts for most-played song. 26 years in fact. Lorde is 16 years and 11 months old, and the last time someone around that age topped the charts was when Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" topped the pops during 1987 (That pop star was 16 years, one month old at the time).
The single has held down the top spot in the digital downloads charts for two weeks no, but has been held up at no. 3 on the Hot 100, behind Katy Perry's "Roar" and last week's no. 1, "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. It's been a long climb for "Royals," as the song was originally released on Lorde's EP The Love Club in her native New Zealand during 2012. Lorde (known by friends and family as Ella Yelich-O'Connor) seemed more surprised than we were at Music Times.
"Get the fkouttahere," she tweeted. "royals is NUMBER 1 on BILLBOARD in the USAAA."
The up-and-comer also released her debut album, Pure Heroine last week, however that's less likely to see the top of the Billboard 200, due to the overwhelming success of Drake's Nothing Was The Same (plus she released the album late into the week).
This publication gave the album a glowing review, and hopefully the young New Zealander will see this success continue later into her career, unlike the last 16 year-old to top the Hot 100. No offense Tiffany: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid will always be a classic SyFy flick.