Ella Yelich-O’Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. She released her first EP, The Love Club EP, in March 2013 and her first single, "Royals", in June 2013. Her début album, Pure Heroine, was released on September 27, 2013. Yelich-O’Connor was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 7 November 1996 to a civil engineer father and Sonja Yelich, a prize-winning New Zealand poet; she was then raised in suburban Devonport, North Shore, Auckland. She is of Yugoslav ancestry.