Lorde makes Rolling Stone cover

January 16th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ have announced they will now be showing the Grammys live, at which will perform and at the age of 17 she has made the cover of Rolling Stone.

I have to say I’m a huge fan of Ella Yelich-O’Connor, but not just for musical reasons.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Royals, and listen to it jogging a lot. But that isn’t what I find so appealing about her.

It is her obvious intelligence, substance and maturity which stands in such huge contrast to many other musicians, especially those who also had success at a relatively young age.

Her interview with Tavi Gevinson at Rookie is a great example of that. She just seems so real and such a great role model that you can be successful at a young age, without compromising who you are. I love the fact she dresses the way she wants to, rather than conform to what others might expect or want.

So often you see 16 and 17 year olds portrayed in such a negative light. They’ve treated as children, and juveniles. The fact they may drink is seen as appalling. It overlooks that young adults are often brimming with such huge potential and often have an intelligence which can be compelling.

Tavi puts it well herself in that interview:

I remember when people started paying attention to what I was doing, and it was like, “She should be getting knocked up like all the other kids her age!” It’s like, you complain when you think teenagers are stupid, and then when they try to do something, you’re all, “Oh, they’re growing up too fast, they don’t know what’s good for them.”

And she’s never done media training:

I have never done media training. I feel like I probably should have, because then I could’ve better identified some of that baiting in the beginning. Now I’m really good at it. But I think people don’t realize how weird it is to go from being a teenager or being just a human being who has opinions and freely discusses them with other people, to having everything you say scrutinized and taken out of context. In the space of three months, going from never having done an interview to being in Rolling Stone, being in Interview, and not really realizing how that whole thing works. That stuff was so weird. But now I’ve kind of got a handle on it. Now when people are like, “Tell me what you think of Miley!” I’ll say, “What doyou think of Miley?” and they like flounder and say, “Well, I think she’s really talented…” and I’m like, there you go.

And the power of relating to other people her age:

The biggest one for me is the total reward of having people our age be like, “I see what you did there, and I really like it and I can relate to it.” I have the “Ask” feature on my Tumblr enabled so people with a Tumblr account can send me a message. To me that’s a really useful tool, because I get to hear what people are thinking about what I’m doing, which is—for the most part—super redeeming. I actually have this folder on my computer of really lovely things that people have said to me on Tumblr, and whenever I’m in a super low, terrible mood, I’m like,Remember these wonderful souls who said incredible things to you and who have told you that what you do is worth it! Sorry, this sounds so “I LOVE YOU GUYS!! CATLUVR69, THANK YOU!”

I love that. Is catluvr69 a real one, or did you just make that up?

I just pulled that out. I love adding 69 to faux internet usernames.

So anyway, I will be looking forward to viewing the Grammys live, and hope that 2014 is as good a year for Ella Yelich-O’Connor as 2013 was.

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29 Responses to “Lorde makes Rolling Stone cover”

  1. Scott Chris (6,058 comments) says:

    Yeah the kid’s got talent. And luck. Good for her.

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  2. Albert_Ross (272 comments) says:

    So is the next step for her to make a Rolling Stones cover? I’d love to hear her take on “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

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  3. nickb (3,686 comments) says:

    Great talent no doubt, but gets a bit tedious when top 10 stories on NZH or Stuff for the day are:

    1. Lorde to perform at Grammys
    2. Taylor swift settles Lorde feud
    3. Taylor swift and Lorde share a milkshake
    4. Lorde thinks Renaissance-era art is beautiful
    5. Two people dead in Etekahuna crash
    6. Kim Dotcom’s Mega Breakfast
    7. Former TrueBliss star says Lorde has “immense talent”
    8. Praise the Lorde, says pastor who is big Lorde Fan
    9. Dear Lorde – a gushing letter from a fan
    10. Bikes v Cars

    Come on NZ….hope she goes well at grammys

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  4. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    It is her obvious intelligence, substance and maturity which stands in such huge contrast to many other musicians, especially those who also had success at a relatively young age.

    Translation: “I am ashamed that I can’t stop thinking about her arse.”

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  5. labrator (1,847 comments) says:

    I don’t have her in any playlists but: go you good thing – Labrator69

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  6. Kimbo (913 comments) says:

    “Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”

    Frank Zappa

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  7. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    and we’ll never be royal, royal , bah bah-bah bah ba, bah bah-bah bah ba, la la ,la la, lah la lah la lah, do do ,do dah, do do do dah-do …. sorry, they’re the only words I know …

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  8. Kimbo (913 comments) says:

    “sorry, they’re the only words I know …”

    You got a teenage girl in your household? Then you have ready access to the same know-all attitude and on-going commentary.

    Good on her for her success, but like Peter Jackson’s six-part LOTR/Hobbit bore-fest, just because she is Kiwi doesn’t mean I like or even tolerate her stuff.

    Now ‘scuse me while I retreat to my curmudgeon’s bunker, in the hope my blogosphere anonymity remains intact…

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  9. Camryn (538 comments) says:

    I think her music is just OK. What I like is that if my daughter turns out to be musically gifted, I can point her towards a role model that has leveraged that gift without becoming a de-facto stripper (see: Cyrus, Knowles, etc).

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  10. Camryn (538 comments) says:

    I also like that she is making good money at a young age. Too many of us spend our 20’s “discovering ourselves” instead of making something of ourselves. Put another way, we (Kiwis, the entire west) act like children for too long. It’s good to see someone pointing in the other direction.

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  11. cha (3,943 comments) says:

    Obligatory.

    http://youtu.be/-Ux3-a9RE1Q

    We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills
    But the thrill we’ve never known
    Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture
    On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

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  12. big bruv (13,718 comments) says:

    FFS!

    A young lady made the cover of a magazine and this kicks off another round of national cringe as thousands of Kiwis demonstrate their insecurity and desperation to be noticed by the rest of the world.

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  13. Scott Chris (6,058 comments) says:

    Now ‘scuse me while I retreat to my curmudgeon’s bunker, in the hope my blogosphere anonymity remains intact…

    Ah Edward, you always did have crap taste in music ;) Next you’ll be telling us that the Flying Nun sound is what young Kiwi musos should aspire to emulate even though most of them could barely play their instruments.

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  14. Scott Chris (6,058 comments) says:

    New Zealand has talent. Here’s another who’s rather good:

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  15. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    Sorry, don’t get it.

    Good on her for being noticed, blah blah blah, but she doesn’t sound all that intelligent or secure to me.

    Why must we worship these people? I certainly mean her no harm, but it is what it is and it isn’t much in the grand scheme of things.

    She will be rich, good for her, life goes on, lets not develop another messiah complex PLEASE!!!

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  16. lazza (381 comments) says:

    LORDE … LEGEND.

    Whenever did we ever before, enjoy such fresh-faced keenly observed wisdom and grace from a Kiwi teenager?

    Lorde has sure overturned my, (Yay “69!” year old) KiwiKid stereotypes.

    Good Luck with the Grammys gal!

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  17. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    I also like that she is making good money at a young age. Too many of us spend our 20′s “discovering ourselves” instead of making something of ourselves. Put another way, we (Kiwis, the entire west) act like children for too long. It’s good to see someone pointing in the other direction.

    Yeah, because every teenage girl can be a rock star.

    Give me fucking strength!!

    There are a multitude of kids in every town in NZ that will do amazing things that will not bring them fame like Lorde, but they will have far greater real impact on their community.

    It’s a candyfloss world alright!

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  18. Dazzaman (1,138 comments) says:

    …..excuse me while I go to the toilet to PUKE!!

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  19. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Good luck to her as long as she doesn’t end up like this little turd! :)

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/9616884/Biebers-a-bratty-little-kid

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  20. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    There are a few on here that would moan that if they won lotto it wouldn’t be enough.

    I’ve never even heard this song but whats wrong with success? I am assuming a few of those bitchy and moaning will have never purchased Rolling Stone ( don’t bother it turned to shit years ago) anyway, never will and wont buy this young girls album. But stop being such miserable bastards trying to out do each other with the ” I give less of a fuck than you do”.

    If she was your daughter you’d be rapt.

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  21. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Specially as you counted her money PEB! :)

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  22. noskire (839 comments) says:

    Shame these RockQuest winners busted:

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  23. Fletch (6,294 comments) says:

    had to be done –

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  24. Fletch (6,294 comments) says:

    Opps, sorry, didn’t see cha had posted it already.

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  25. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (786 comments) says:

    Noskire – that was so much better than Lorde

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  26. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    The computer generated, autotuned shite that passes for ‘pop’ music these days doesn’t even warrant mention if you are over the age of 15…
    It astounds me how many of you are gushing over her and her ‘music’ like she is the second coming of Elvis simply because she is a New Zealander.
    She is a manufactured pop star. Same as Katy Perry. Same as Justin Beiber.
    And “Goth”? ? please! This kid doesn’t even know what Goth is….

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  27. bhudson (4,738 comments) says:

    I can’t believe that no one has asked the somewhat obligatory question: Has she bought five copies for her mother?

    I find the Zimmer frame provides just a little bit too much stability to ‘get down’ to Royals

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  28. Lance (2,634 comments) says:

    @Longknives

    Are you a wine snob as well?

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  29. SGA (991 comments) says:

    Older people critical of younger generation’s music – what a surprise!

    I’m reminded of my mother recounting her mother’s displeasure at the lasciviousness of a “new” popular singer. “Elvis Presley?”, I asked. “No”, she replied with a smile, “Bing Crosby”.

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