Here are the basics. Lorde, née Ella Yelich-O'Connor was born on November 7, 1996. Yes, you've read that correctly; Lorde is only 16 (she turns 17 next month). She was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She's been writing songs since she was barely a teenager.

"I've sung my entire life, but I didn't start writing music until I was 13," she told Noisey. "That's when I began tentatively writing crazy shit about what was happening at that moment." The same year she started songwriting, Lorde landed a record deal with Universal. Not bad for a girl who was discovered through a video of her performing at her school's talent show. Then again her mother, Sonja Yelich, is an award-winning poet, so the lyrics are in her DNA.