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Lorde: The Rolling Stone Cover Shoot

See the 17-year-old New Zealand pop sensation pose (and even smile) for our cameras

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Noah Berlow

At our photo shoot for Lorde's new Rolling Stone cover, the articulate teen chatted about everything from her literary influences to her style icons to her stubbornness when it comes to guiding her own career. "People don't like girls who don't smile," she told contributing editor Rob Tannenbaum in our cover story — but she ventured a few grins on our set. Talking about authors she admires, she says, "I am really into how words sound out loud, so I was always the kid who would, like, read the page of the book to herself in her room over and over and over."

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Noah Berlow

TV Trip-Outs

"Playing TV shows is always a moment where you’re like, 'Holy crap, what am I doing on this stage? I should not be here. People so much cooler than me have been on this floor.' But you know that someone has said you were cool enough to be there, or you were good enough to be there. So, I don’t know. You’ve gotta fill those shoes. Like, playing Letterman and being at the Ed Sullivan Theater, being in the same room as the Roots on Jimmy Fallon, stuff like that just completely trips me out."

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Noah Berlow

Comfort Zone

"I think back to the first photo shoot I ever did, which was in New Zealand, no makeup. Just mucking around, taking some photos. And I just couldn’t do it. I was paralyzed. I was so awkward, and I was scared in that situation. But now I can put music on that I like and dance around and take cool photos. And that, to me, is a sign of how far I’ve come."

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Noah Berlow

Humble Pie

"When I meet people whose music I really inspire, and they may be a little bit famous, I still get the little, 'Holy crap! This person wants to talk to me.' And I think when you stop having that feeling, and you’re like 'Oh, of course they do,' then maybe you’re not who you were anymore."

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Noah Berlow

Web Slinger

"You don’t necessarily have to have a record deal. . .if you want your music to be heard. You can just put stuff on the Internet and people can love it and that’s cool. I think the industry is much less scary than people think it is."

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Noah Berlow

The Write Stuff

"I have this thing with, like, words being in that perfect order, and you know exactly how they’re trying to make you feel. And the order of the words. . .just, like, slapping you in the heart."

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Noah Berlow

Royal Changes

"It’s a really weird thing to write a song like 'Royals' and then go through something like this, which changes your entire world and way of living and changes what you do every day. And then you find yourself writing and being in a completely new stratosphere in terms of what you’re talking about and how you approach certain subjects. So it has been weird."

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Noah Berlow

Drawing Lines

"You have to go into [the industry] with an idea of who you are and what you want to do, and you have to have an idea of the things that you won’t do, and the things that you want to aspire to."

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Noah Berlow

Words of Wisdom

"My advice to young people wanting to make music and to be in this industry is to really spend your time making music. Make so much music you have no friends. If you’re making cool art, then everything else will fall into line, I think. If it’s good enough, if it’s cool enough, if it has enough emotion in it, people will listen, and people will love it. And there’s nothing else."

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