13 Aug 2013

NZ teen singer tops US chart

10:05 pm on 13 August 2013

New Zealand teenage singer Lorde has become the first woman in almost two decades to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States.

Royals by the 16-year-old from Auckland's North Shore, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, is the first song by a solo female artist to claim the No 1 spot since 1996.

The last solo female artist to reach No 1 on the chart was American singer Tracy Bonham, who says reaching the top will open doors for the New Zealander's career.

"I think that she's got a future ahead of her, which is really exciting, and she's super young. I think there's many opportunities and exciting experiences out there for her.

"If she handles it well, she'll be able to manage a career and she'll have good luck, and I wish her all the best."

Lorde signed a music deal with Universal Records when she was 12 and is currently on tour in the US.