LORDE OF THE MANOR
Eighteen-year-old Ella Marija Lani Yelich- O’connor, better known by the aristocratic stage alias Lorde, brought her minimal electro-pop and performance art to Hong Kong as a guest of Prada for the travelling Pradasphere exhibition. Lorde is clearly enjoying her moment; Time magazine called her one of the globe’s most influential teenagers last year, and her debut single Royals made her the youngest solo artist since 1987 to achieve a US No. 1 single. She arrived on the eve of the US premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, for which she both wrote and curated the soundtrack, enlisting stars such as Grace Jones and Kanye West.
Hong Kong evidently agreed with Lorde. She said, “It’s a crazy thing that has happened to me, and I feel very lucky getting to be in Hong Kong for the first time. I’m excited and hoping to see as much of it as possible.” What the VIP crowd at the Pradasphere launch saw was an intimate, dynamic performance of the most exclusive kind. “I love live experiences, getting to connect with people,” she said. “It’s very real to me.” And she was truly regal to us.