Four years later, Lorde is officially back!
The Grammy Award-winning singer, who released her comeback song “Solar Power” earlier this month, appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday to share details about her upcoming album (out Aug. 20) as well as her 2022 world tour.
“Ordinarily I would hold up a picture of the album… but CBS’ 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 where the sun don’t shine,” Colbert quipped about the cover.
What was the inspiration behind the racy picture?
“My friend just took it,” Lorde responded. “It was just me jumping over a friend on the beach.”
She called the cover “a little hardcore,” but at the same time, “so joyful.”
“It felt innocent and playful and a little bit feral and…sexy,” she added.
Lorde’s comeback song is officially here:Listen to her feel-good summertime single ‘Solar Power’
The new LP, Lorde explained in a statement issued Monday, “is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.”
The “Royals” singer said she is looking forward to performing these summertime songs in front of an audience during her upcoming world tour. The 40+ show tour is her first North American tour since 2018 and kicks off in Nashville on April 3 before concluding at the Santa Barbara Bowl on May 7, according to a statement.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “It sort of doesn’t feel real but I’m super keen, I think this album is just so joyful and big and such a good thing to experience with a bunch of people.”
Lorde’s tour announcement may come as a surprise for some. In May 2020, she explained in a newsletter obtained by Entertainment Tonight and Teen Vogue that she wasn’t sure if she’d “tour again for a long time,” citing stage fright and lack of stability.
“I still don’t know what touring is gonna look like for me, sensitive sweet pea plant that I am. But I know now how excited I am to get back out there,” Lorde wrote. “I want to be playing festivals again — hearing my intro music, watching the band walk onstage… Who knows when it’ll be safe to do those things, but I’m craving them, and I wanted you to know,” she said at the time.
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Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Charles Trepany