Lorde‘s titanic new album Melodrama snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200. And the only person more overwhelmed than Lorde’s fans (in their defense, the emotions dug up by Melodrama are still new to them) was Lorde herself. The Kiwi pop star took to Twitter to thank her fans and also express her shock that she could become one of the biggest stars in the world without bending to music industry machinery.
Lorde was amazed that she could make an album as complicated, messy and true to herself as Melodrama with major label backing. And that only continued when fans stood by her and catapulted the new album into the top slot.
And after the initial shock wore off, Lorde took a second to celebrate for herself in a decidedly uncalculated way.
Surprisingly enough, Melodrama is Lorde’s first number-one album. In spite of the ubiquity of “Royals,” her debut album Pure Heroine never managed to reach the same heights. However, her (hopefully long) reign on top of the chart caps off an interesting and rare period of solo female artists taking the top prize. Melodrama followed Katy Perry’s Witness and Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. But given the strength of tracks like “Green Light” and “Perfect Places” it’s possible that Lorde will get to bask in the glow of a number one for a little longer than either of those.