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Ahead of her eagerly-awaited visit to Edinburgh this year, French pop sensation Christine and the Queens has released the second single from her soon-to-be-released sophomore album – and it’s our Hottest Record Of The Week.
Newbie Doesn’t Matter got its first airing on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show last night (July 5) – and you can listen to it right here.
Following on from comeback single Girlfriend, Doesn’t Matter sees the Nantes-born singer-songwriter – real name Heloise Letissier – make good on her earlier promise of “sweaty, tougher” material.
She is set to release Chris, the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut album, Chaleur Humaine, in September.
Speaking to Lowe about her new album – and why she adopted the moniker Chris – she said: “I have the weirdest and the most beautiful job in the world, where I can get to choose and decide who I want to become and how far I want to go and where I want to go.
“And it had to be Chris at some point because I was bolder and stronger and had more muscle,” she continued.
“At the same time, it’s me announcing to myself that I’m about to become that… It’s very much you allowing yourself to be even more, you know. This is why, to me, it didn’t seem like a stunt or anything.”
She explained that it was “so natural” for her to “shed the rest of the stage name and to cut my hair”.
“I had to make it visible and really blatant for people that something changed in me, and I was actually getting stronger.”
Christine & The Queens will play:
Luxembourg, Rockhal (October 11)
Brussels, Forest National (12)
Amsterdam, AFAS Live (13)
Berlin, Columbiahalle (15)
Stockholm, Nobelberget (17)
Seattle, The Showbox (23)
Oakland, Fox Theater (26)
Los Angeles, The Wiltern (October 27)
New York, Brooklyn Steel (October 31, November 1)
Philadelphia, Union Transfer (November 2)
Washington, 9:30 Club (4)
Toronto, The Danforth Music Hall (5)
Montreal, Place Bell (6)
Bournemouth, BIC (17)
London, Eventim Apollo (November 20, 21)
Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall (23)
Edinburgh, Usher Hall (24)
Birmingham, O2 Academy (26)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (27)
Dublin, RDS (30)
Nantes, Zenith (December 4)
Bordeaux, Metropole Arena (5)
Montpellier, Zenith Sud (6)
Geneva, Arena (11)
Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier (14)
Toulouse, Zenith (15)
Paris, AccorHotels Arena (December 18)