"Royals" is a song by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, written and produced by Lorde and Joel Little. It was released as the lead single from her debut studio album, "Pure Heroine," in 2013. The song is in the key of D major, and it became a major hit worldwide, reaching number one on the charts in multiple countries, including the United States. Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, was only 16 years old when the song was released, making her the youngest solo artist to achieve a number-one single in the US since 1987. "Royals" features minimalistic production and a catchy melody showcasing Lorde's unique vocal style.