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Lorde: Is pop sensation here to stay?
It's impossible to deny that Lorde is having a moment. Last year, seemingly out of nowhere, the New Zealand singer became a star with "Royals," the huge lead single from her smashing debut record, "Pure Heroine." The 17-year-old artist won song of the year and pop solo performance trophies at the 2014 Grammys, and tickets for her Chicago show Tuesday at Aragon sold out in a flash.
For what it's worth, she's also totally besties with Taylor Swift.
Yet one big question remains: Does Lorde have staying power? She clearly has the talent, but few things are more challenging in the entertainment industry than the high-pressure follow-up. Perhaps the answer can be found in artists who also achieved near-overnight fame--some who sustained their careers, and some who fizzled out. (James Blunt and KT Tunstall are ineligible for this story as their big hits, "You're Beautiful" and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," respectively, were instantly annoying and best forgotten.)
By Dana Moran and Matt Pais RedEye @redeyechimusic
March 17, 2014