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Lorde Is Youngest Artist in 15 Years to Debut at #1 on British Chart

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/LordeMusic (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/LordeMusic (via ABC News Radio)

Lorde 's hit "Royals" has been #1 for four weeks in the U.S., but over in the U.K., it's just hit the chart -- and debuted at #1.  Billboard reports that the 16-year-old New Zealand singer/songwriter is the youngest solo artist in 15 years to enter the British singles chart at #1.

Prior to Lorde's success, the record was held by British actress Billie Piper , who under the name Billie hit #1 in 1998 at age 15 with a song called "Because We Want To."  These days, Piper is best known for her roles on Doctor Who and Secret Diary of a Call Girl .

Lorde will turn 17 next month.

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