The now-17-year-old is making headlines these days as the brains behind the new soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, personally selecting artists like Chvrches, Charli XCX, Major Lazer and Ariana Grande to contribute. But just five short years ago, Lorde was singing covers on a local radio station in her native New Zealand.
Audio of the then-12-year-old singing Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" has resurfaced online and we can't stop listening to it! Lorde turns the powerhouse hit into a beautiful folk song, prompting the DJ to declare: "Well, it's a privilege to hear a voice like that."
Lorde's debut single "Royals" nabbed two Grammy Awards at this year's ceremony and her album, Pure Heroine, is currently the third-biggest selling album of 2014 (that is, until Swift's 1989 bumps it down a peg this week).
The pop phenom graces the current cover of Billboard magazine, revealing that she thought it would be "cool for my career" to curate the Hunger Games soundtrack. "People that see me as having a couple of hits and performing on an awards show would see that, between records, I'd committed to a pretty serious body of work," she said.
Meanwhile, Lorde's bestie Swift is on track to top the charts this week with her latest studio album. See what she told ET's special correspondent Gayle King of CBS This Morning about what she looks for in a best friend. (And Lorde certainly fits the bill!)