Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017

Lorde becomes first Kiwi artist to have a number 1 album in America...and other good news!

News broke yesterday that Lorde’s critically acclaimed and much anticipated second album Melodrama has debuted in the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first album by a New Zealand artist to reach the coveted position.

The album, which was released on June 16 through Lava/Republic Records, earned 109,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 82,000 were in traditional album sales.

Melodrama has also debuted at number 1 in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

Lorde celebrated the moment with the following Facebook post:

“you guys, today we have the number one album in america. from the bottom of my heart, thankyou.

royals was, to quote david chase, "a moonshot, a dreadnought". there were no such guarantees with melodrama—that's why this means so much. when i was a kid i thought big records had to be made a certain way—to be sterile & calculated in craft; that something had to be sacrificed. i have had the divine thrill of disproving that firsthand, twice over.

jack and i made this in rooms alone, telling secrets and uncovering truths, and i just know that 15yo me would have been so fucking proud. SO WHAT I'N TRYNA SAY IS LET'S FUCKIN GEEEET IIIIIIT MORE JOY IN ALL OUR FUTURES MELODRAMA FOREVER.

also number one in new zealand, australia and canada wtf thank u”

Sharing in the good news will be Ella’s long time co-writing partner Joel Little. While Joel had less input on Melodrama than he did with her debut Pure Heroine (which peaked at number 3 in 2013), the pair have remained steadfast friends and collaborators.

Joel has been busy carving out a successful career as a producer and co-writer in Los Angeles, working with Tove Lo, Fitz And The Tantrums, Jarryd James, Ellie Goulding, Broods, Sam Smith, Elliphant, Imagine Dragons, and Bebe Rexha.

Another Kiwi songwriter now based in Los Angeles who is slowly finding his skills more and more in demand is Leroy Clampitt, who often works under the name Big Taste.

Alongside fellow NZ songwriter James Wong, he co-wrote the Justin Bieber song Company - the fourth single from Bieber’s latest album Purpose, which was nominated for a Grammy. Clampitt has also been co-writing with AKON, MAALA, Chelsea Jade, and has just signed on to work with Adam Lambert on Lambert’s upcoming fourth album.

Meanwhile, P-Money continues to see success with the track Call On Me, which he wrote with Starley Hope – it’s had more than 230 million streams on Spotify, and more than 2.4 million certified sales; Aldous Harding continues to find immense critical acclaim internationally for her new album Party; Tami Neilson is busy showing North Americans how to do country better than they can with her non-stop touring; and Katchafire are in the midst of an epic 30 date tour of North America, celebrating their 20 year legacy.

You can’t keep a good Kiwi down eh.


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