When Joel Little took the stage alongside Lorde at the 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Awards in New Zealand, it would herald a new chapter for the relatively unknown songwriter and producer.

Six months later he would be awarded the inaugural International Achievement Award at the APRA Music Awards in Brisbane, again in conjunction with Lorde. At some point in that short window, the bright lights and limitless opportunities of the LA scene had come knocking, and Lorde accepted the award on their behalf via video.

At 30-years-old, Joel was the co-songwriter and producer of global #1 ‘Royals’ and co-winner of the most prestigious songwriter award in New Zealand. A year later the pair took out the Song of the Year Grammy Award for the track, as Lorde’s Pure Heroine continued to redefine pop music.

Now, just over three years since his Grammy win, Joel is behind three records in the Top 15 of the US Billboard 200 this week.


The Auckland-born, LA-based songwriter, producer and musician is behind six tracks tied to three records in the Billboard Top 15.

Joel co-wrote and co-produced ‘Whatever It Takes’, which features on Imagine Dragons’ #2 Billboard chart entrance, Evolve.

Elsewhere on this week’s Billboard 200, Joel co-wrote ‘Green Light’ and produced ‘Supercut’, both from Lorde’s #13-charting LP Melodrama.