Lorde is 17, lives with her parents and loves Sylvia Plath. She also
has a worldwide smash with "Royals," four Grammy nominations and acclaim
for her smart, unique debut album, Pure Heroine.
How'd she become the unlikeliest superstar in pop? Contributing editor
Rob Tannenbaum travels to Ella Yelich-O'Connor's New Zealand home to
answer that question in our new issue (on stands Friday).
See 20 snapshots from Lorde's Rolling Stone photo shoot
"I get paralyzingly nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado,"
Lorde explains, quoting Kanye West's "Dark Fantasy" ("Me found bravery
in my bravado"). "The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find
it intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one
word I always say in meetings: strength."
Curious about the Cramps shirt Lorde's wearing on our cover? Find out more about the punkabilly heroes
RS explores Lorde's childhood (when she ignored an adult
trying to influence her artwork at the ripe age of two), tracks the
crooked path "Royals" took to Number One and examines how
Yelich-O'Connor has become an icon for teen girls of all stripes.
"Everyone talks about Ella as the anti-Miley because she dresses like a
witch and she doesn't twerk," explains Tavi Gevinson, the editor of Rookie,
the definitive website for self-aware teen girls. "But it's more
nuanced than that. She sings about partying, she curses like a sailor
and her songs aren't completely asexual. She reflects an intelligence in
girls our age, and normalizes it."
Tannenbaum tags along as Ella texts with Taylor Swift, jokingly
messes with one of many fans asking for photos on the street (and then
apologizes — twice), opens up about the racially-charged controversy
that erupted when a photo of her embracing her boyfriend on the beach
hit the blogs and chats about how she's taken control of her career and
spun seemingly unpopular decisions into genius.
"Royals" and 99 more of our favorite songs of 2013
Also in this issue: Alex Morris profiles accidental Girls
star Adam Driver, Janet Reitman investigates the Tea Party's war on
abortion, Mikael Gilmore remembers Phil Everly and Jeff Tietz tells the
story of a cultlike prayer group with deadly secrets.
Look for the issue on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, January 17th.
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:24:09 AM