A Lorde Australian Tour 2013 has been announced and following on from the New Zealand sensation announcing details of her debut album while becoming the first woman in 17 years to top the US Alternative Charts, Lorde is returning to Australia for her second ever national tour.

The ‘Royals’ singer’s star is well and truly on the ascent, off the back of her winning singles and debut EP, the Love Club, and she was clearly the surprise hit at Splendour In The Grass as a late addition to the bill. Meanwhile she’s been gaining huge international exposure overseas, earning Lorde celebrity approval from the likes of GrimesMoby, and even the Backstreet Boys and Selena Gomez.

The Kiwi songwriter is also the first female in 17 years to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, breaking a drought that’s lasted since before the 16-year-old was even in nappies. ‘Royals’ has pushed Lorde to the top of the American chart, becoming the first solo female performer to claim #1 since Tracy Bonham’s ‘Mother Mother’ hit the pole position back in June 1996. Not only that, but Lorde is part of an exclusive club of females who collectively have posted just ten #1′s in the Alternative Songs Chart’s nearly quarter century, including Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, and Alanis Morisette – who achieved three #1 hits between 1995 and 1996.

Lorde’s debut EP The Love Club is also swiftly climbing the US charts – having sold 51,000 copies to date – while closer to home, the 19 minute, six-track long EP hit the #2 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week (eligible thanks to a strange set of conditions in the ARIA Code of Practice) and has gone double platinum; while her follow-up single ‘Tennis Court’ is backing up at #32 on the charts. Both singles are still performing strongly in the singer’s home country as well, with ‘Tennis Court’ at #15 and ‘Royals’ at #31 on the New Zealand Charts.

All which sets the scene nicely for her debut album, with the teenage musician announcing details of her LP, entitled Pure Heroine, a 10 track release featuring ‘Royals’ and ‘Tennis Court’ and is due for release in Australia on 27th September via Universal. But even as she reaches certified ‘next big thing’ status, the 16-year-old Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, is keeping her head about her, declaring that it’s her smarts that are her appeal. “Pop music doesn’t have to be stupid, and alternative music doesn’t have to be boring; you can mesh the two together and make something cool,” she says.

Make no mistake, these shows will sell out. Be sure to catch Lorde this October in such intimate settings, because given her meteoric rise, the next time she’s Down Under she’ll be in much larger venues.

Lorde Australian Tour 2013

Presented by the Laneway Festival in association with the Harbour Agency
With special guest Oliver Tank

Wed 16 Oct – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Tickets through 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Thurs 17 Oct – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets through (02) 9550 3666 / www.metrotheatre.com.au

Sat 19 Oct – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra ACT
Tickets through 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Mon 21 Oct – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Tickets through (03) 9427 9198 / www.cornerhotel.com

Tour On Sale: Monday 19 August
$30.00 + BF (presales)
$46.95 + BF (presales with digital album)
$35.00 (door sales)

Artwork subject to change
Pure Heroine Tracklisting
1. Tennis Court
2. 400 Lux
3. Royals
4. Ribs
5. Buzzcut Season
6. Team
7. Glory And Gore
8. Still Sane
9. White Teeth Teens
10. A World Alone

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