Lorde's new album Melodrama is around the corner (coming June 16), and we're here for it. The lead-up singles "Perfect Places," "Liability," and "Green Light" have been strong, and she seems more inspired than ever. Since the release of her chart-topping single "Royals" in 2013, Lorde's growth has been explosive. She's now one of the most popular artists in the world, but instead of morphing into your stereotypical pop star, Lorde has held onto her individuality and integrity, and that still comes across clearly in the music she makes.

It may have seemed like it all came out of nowhere, but Lorde was working at her career from an early age, and she grinded it out in New Zealand for years before her big breakthrough moment. In our latest P&P Update, we take a look back at some of the steps Lorde took in order to get where she is today.

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