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    The Story Behind Lorde's Bootylicious "Solar Power" Album Cover Makes Me Love Her Even More

    "It was so joyful to me."

    Lorde is in the midst of a comeback. And thank goodness, because I missed her.

    Lorde onstage with her arms raised dramatically

    Her latest single, "Solar Power," was cowritten by Jack Antonoff and features backing vocals from Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers.

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    It's also unlike anything she's done before. It's bright, sunshiny, dare I say Jack Johnson–esque, hippie pop rock.

    And the album artwork totally reflects that. It's so cheeky!

    While chatting with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Lorde shared the story behind the photograph, and it's quite delightful.

    "CBS's standards and practices will not let me hold up the album because, ironically for an album called Solar Power, there's a photo on it of, well, where the sun don't shine," Colbert said. "I think it's a beautiful album cover. What was the inspiration for that?"

    "I can't even acknowledge the dad joke that you just made, Stephen," Lorde said, laughing. "The album cover, my friend just took it. It was just me jumping over a friend on a beach."

    Lorde smiles while performing at All Points East Festival at Victoria Park in London in 2018

    She continued, "For those who don't know, it is my butt, kind of from below, and I'm in a bikini. So it's, like, a little hardcore. But it was so joyful to me. It felt, like, innocent and playful and a little bit, like, feral. And, I don't know, sexy."

    Lorde, wearing spaghetti straps, smiles and stands at the microphone during Day Four of the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain, in 2018

    "I think it matches the moment because it is so free and happy," Colbert jumped in. "If I had a butt like that, I'd be jumping over somebody too."

    "You got to do it while you got it, you know?" Lorde joked.

    Points were made! The image is so carefree, which leads me to believe that the record will be similarly joyous. Let the happy era of Lorde commence!

    You can watch the full interview below:

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