All it takes is one listen to Lorde‘s “Royals” to feel pretty comfortable calling the young New Zealand singer a star. She’s only 16 years old, but she represents a different kind of star, and one that we’re ready for in 2013. The music tilts more toward the alternative side of pop and Lorde possesses a quiet nature that makes her intriguing, but she still maintains the kind of instant accessibility that pop artists need to catch on. Catching on is something Lorde is doing more quickly than ever these days.
Right now, Lorde’s “Royals” is No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, only behind—how appropriate—Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. In with the new.