Lorde knows what’s up. The 24-year-old has shared her reasons for using a half-naked image of herself for the cover album of new release, Solar Power, admitting: “You’ve got to do it while you’ve got it, you know?”

The shot, taken from the ground, features the singer leaping in mid-air while wearing a thong bikini.

“My friend just took it. It was just me jumping over a friend on the beach,” the singer explained in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “For those who don’t know, it is my butt kinda from below, and I’m in a bikini, so it’s a little hardcore, but it was so joyful to me.”

She added: “It felt, like, innocent and playful and a little bit, like, feral and sexy.”

Stephen then revealed that he was not allowed to show the image on his late night TV show because “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.”

The album is Lorde’s third album, and it comes four years after her last release, Melodrama, and seven years after her debut album, the Grammy-nominated Pure Heroine, released when she was only 17.

The singer had been expected to release the album in 2019 but postponed recording after the death of her dog. “He was instrumental to the discovery that was taking place. I felt he led me towards the ideas. And it’s going to take some time and re-calibration, now that there’s no shepherd ahead of me, to see what the work is going to be,” she told fans.

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“So I’m asking for your patience, as 2020 comes around and you start to wonder where the next record is,” she continued.

“I have lost my boy, and I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this for you. It won’t be the same work— as anyone who has felt loss can understand, there’s a door that opens that you step through, and everything is different on the other side. But when this great loss crystallizes inside me, and my chest rebuilds around it, hopefully I’ll be able to finish up, and share it with you, and we’ll all grow together, as we always do.”

Lorde will also embark on a world tour, her first in several years. The singer will hit the United States, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand., kicking off in Christchurch, New Zealand in February 2022.