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America told to 'watch out' as Lorde tops US alternative chart

Published: 9:54AM Tuesday August 13, 2013 Source: ONE News

Kiwi singer Lorde is swiftly winning over the United States, becoming the first woman in 17 years to top the US alternative music charts.

And now music fans have been told to "watch out" as the young talent wows concert crowds with her "immaculately drawn pop compositions".

The Auckland teenager reached the number one spot on the Alternative Songs Chart with her single Royals, from the EP, The Love Club.

According to Billboard,  the feat makes her the first female solo artist to do so since Tracey Bonham scored a number one hit with, Mother Mother, in 1996.

It means Lorde, 16, was not even born the last time a woman secured the top spot on the alternative chart.

It also makes it one of just 10 number one songs by female artists in the chart's 25 year history.

Billboard has also published a glowing review of the young star's first US live show, in which it described her as "unflappable", saying she "hypnotises" the crowd.

The Auckland singer-songwriter performed with "a confidence and demeanour well beyond her years", Billboard's Jason Lipshutz wrote.

"...with her well-defined stage presence, it was easy to forget that the audience was watching an artist who couldn't get a driver's license in some states," he added.

"Lorde is an incredibly savvy performer with a deep collection of songs in her pocket. Now that she's gotten off of her first plane, America better watch out."

Meanwhile, the teen songstress recently told the success of Royals was "beyond my wildest dreams".

"I try not to let it freak me out too much," she said.

Lorde - real name Ella Yelich-O'Conner - has already topped the charts in her home country, with her latest song Tennis Courts.

She is set to release her debut album, True Heroine, in September.