Yesterday’s twin Grammys for Lorde and co-writer / producer Joel Little make it one of the most significant days in New Zealand music history. Winning Best Pop Vocal Performance and the even more prestigious Song Of The Year, Lorde also got strong reviews for her live rendition of the song in question, Royals.
So with that in mind, Team would be the biggest New Zealand hit in the States since Crowded House took Don’t Dream It’s Over to US #2 in 1987. The only other contender I can think of is Savage’s 2005 hip-hop smash Swing. Its 2008 remix peaked at a modest US #45, but had a steady sales burn and eventually topped a million units in the States alone.As it stands, Lorde’s Team is most likely the third biggest hit by a Kiwi act in US history (behind Don’t Dream It’s Over and Royals) and its position this week at #8 is only one behind Royals. Two hits simultaneously in the US top 10 and here’s the one you may not know quite as well as the other: