From: Mount Eden, NZ
Lorde makes ultra-accessible pop music, but she does it with a unique, minimal approach. This has rubbed some people the wrong way. If "Royals" didn't catch on the way it did and become the No. 1 song in the country (for many weeks) the teenage New Zealand singer might be indie music's adored new queen. But her quick ascent into the mainstream spotlight has come with plenty of backlash. At its core, though, Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine is easily digestible, instantly appealing, and still unique. Call it "basic" if you want, but balancing mainstream success with an unprecedented sound that people love is not an easy task. In 2013, Lorde got all the praise she deserved while also taking a lot of heat, but keep in mind she's still 17.