CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS ENGLISH DEBUT ALBUM OUT TODAY
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS TOURS NORTH AMERICA W MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
hi-res single art HERE
+ artist photo hi-res HERE
OFFICIAL VIDEO"NO HARM IS DONE" FT. TUNJI IGE HERE + stills HERE
ACCLAIMED PARISIAN SENSATION MADE US NETWORK TV DEBUT ON NBC’S LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS HERE
Christine and the Queens is proud to share "Jonathan" featuring the amazing Perfume Genius HERE, taken from her self-titled English debut album release on October 16th via Neon Gold / Because Records / Atlantic Records.
Perfume Genius says: "I'm proud to play a small part in a project of such vision and heart. I believe in Christine and the Queens."
Christine and the Queens says: "I grew up with a poster of Klaus Nomi on my wall. The big, sad eyes piercing through his chalky face seemed to testify that somehow, a man was underneath it all - and the very idea that the creature was adored while the man ended up alone never ceased to puzzle me. His disease was then something that made you lower your voice. And shame is something queer culture still fights today, with new words, new ways of existing.
Klaus Nomi chose to be supernatural, Perfume Genius chose to stare right back at you, smoking a cigaret with his nails polished, and as for me, I tried my best to make all my wounds pop. It's all about being loud and fierce - shame is nothing but an insidious negation : you shrink, you whisper, you hide.
I wrote Jonathan because my lover would ignore my existence outside of the closed, silent room I lived in ; it became then imperious for me to sing, just to make sure I was still here. From the start, the song had two voices ; one in english, one in french - longing for an answer I knew I would never get. So it was there, on my computer, crepuscular, like my own little Mrs. Butterfly's swan song.
And then, I got lucky enough to ask Perfume Genius if he would like to sing with me. He cannot be ignored, because his voice melts every stone, because he doesn't hide ; without him, the song felt like dying, but now, it's more like the promise of something healing through the pain. This is what I learnt with artists like Klaus Nomi, and still love with ones like Perfume Genius : you're never as strong as when you allow yourself to be the most vulnerable person you can be."
The album debut comes right at the start of her major 16-date North-American tour with Marina and The Diamonds which will go through California, Portland, Canada, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, and end with 3 New York shows; two at Terminal 5 and a solo headline show at Webster Hall. For updates, please go to www.christineandthequeens.com/us.
Christine and the Queens made her North American ep debut earlier this year with the Saint Claude EP, highlighted by the international hit singles “Saint Claude” and“Tilted.” The latter track – hailed by VICE’s Noisey as “lithe, perfectly parsed pop” – comes accompanied by a unique video, streaming at Christine’s official YouTube channel HERE.
Hailed worldwide as a visionary live artist, Christine was among the breakout stars performing at this year’s South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. From there, Christine and her band served as special guests on fellow Neon Gold recording artist Marina and The Diamonds’ west coast tour dates.
Recently named “Female Artist of the Year” at the French GRAMMY-equivalent Victoires de la Musique ceremony, Christine is already a household name in her native country. “Saint Claude” – which received “Music Video of the Year” honors at the Victoires de la Musique – has proven a massive worldwide hit, earning more than 13 million individual views thus far HERE. In addition, “Christine” HERE – the French-language version of “Tilted” HERE – has drawn nearly 14 million views and counting.
Christine and the Queens came together in London where the Nantes-born Letissier went after studying art and theatre. The artist – named in honor of Christine’s cross-dressing friends at Soho’s famed Madame Jojo’s drag bar – released a series of three EPs beginning in 2011, each one earning further attention and acclaim for her utterly individual brand of French-language freak-pop. Chaleur Humaine arrived in 2014 and immediately established Christine as a phenomenon, earning over 5x platinum certification in just over a year.
Critical acclaim has flowed from major media outlets around the globe, including our own The New York Times’ T Magazine, which applauded Christine’s “androgynous style and herky-jerky choreography...is gunning for pop-music stardom that doesn't depend on sex.” NYLON hailed Christine as “ridiculously stylish” while praising her “sophisticated art-pop” Huffington Post decreed Christine and the Queens as “the Next Big Thing at SXSW,” noting her mix of modern pop and killer choreography…all rock star swagger and MJ moves…seduces and slays in equal measure.” “The coolest French import since Brigitte Bardot,” raved Entertainment Weekly. “(Christine’s) electro-tinged pop has a smooth, rich vibe that combines the glitz of the ‘80s with the soul of the future. We can’t get enough.”
"Christine punctuates her sweet, off-kilter pop music with a distinct type of movement: a mix of Michael Jackson, fluid contemporary, vogue." - Pitchfork
"The fluid-in-every-way French pop star is taking America." - i-D Magazine
"Christine and the Queens is far from your average pop star, and she just might be a Michael Jackson for a new generation." - V Magazine
"No Harm Is Done" Ft Tunje Ige: Soundcloud + iTunes + Spotify + Apple + video HERE
"Tilted" (Paradis Remix): Soundcloud + iTunes + Spotify + Apple
Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens trackslist:
2. Saint Claude
4. No Harm Is Done feat. Tunji Ige
5. Science Fiction
6. Paradis Perdus
7. Half Ladies
8. Jonathan feat. Perfume Genius
9. Narcissus is Back
10. Safe And Holy
11. Night 52
Christine and the Queens live:
10/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre*
10/20 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*
10/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*
10/23 - Portland, OR @ Roseland*
10/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore*
10/25 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount*
10/27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex*
10/28 - Denver, CO @ Ogden*
10/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northop*
10/31 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
11/02 - Toronto, ONT @ Sound Academy*
11/03 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis*
11/04 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
11/09 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
11/10 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
11/11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (headline - tickets HERE)
*supporting Marina And The Diamonds