Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor is now 21 years old and the New Zealand born singer/songwriter has released her second album this summer under her moniker Lorde. 

Her first album Pure Heroine four years ago was a sensational debut, but even Lordes second album is a sensation.

“Lorde captures emotions like none other. Her second album is a masterful study of being a young woman, a sleek and humid pop record full of grief and hedonism, crafted with the utmost care and wisdom.” (Pitchfork)

“Lorde’s writing and fantastically intimate vocals, ranging from her witchy, unprocessed low-register warbles to all sorts of digitized masks, make it matter. She has said the album’s conceit is a house party and its unfolding dramas; indeed, Pure Heroine’s cool snark is now a hotter passion, in its millennial-skeptical way. It’s most vivid on the rueful piano ballad “Liability,” a meditation on the loneliness of an ambitious pop drama queen.” (Rolling Stone)

A star is born.

Co-written and co-produced is this album by Jack Antonoff who made it on this list with his album Gone Now and his project Bleachers.