Christine and the Queens star discusses new album

Ahead of her visit to Edinburgh later this year, Christine and the Queens star Héloïse Letissier has shared new details about her eagerly-awaited second album, Chris.

In an interview with The Times, the French pop sensation discussed her preference at being referred to as ‘Chris’ now, adding that she “enjoy[ed] this confusion” when asked how people should now address her.

“Héloïse? Christine? Chris? Maybe I will be called C at some point. Well, Chris is just the shorter version of Christine, so most of my friends have called me Chris for a while. It’s way more efficient.”

Letissier added that only her parents still call her Héloïse.

“Is it weird to say that makes me feel bad? When you choose everything, including a name, and people go back to calling you Héloïse? Well, you realise, ‘Oh. There are things I can’t change, huh?’”

The Tilted hitmaker said identity is a key theme of her forthcoming new album, revealing that she was “fascinated” by the life of Michael Jackson and Eminem’s Slim Shady alias, describing it as “a great concept to be a force of chaos!”

“I’m fascinated by the tragic life of Michael…The will to alter his identity, to become something that wasn’t even human. Not black or white, male or female. He disappeared into his work.”

The star said she initially “invented” the concept of Christine as a coping mechanism.

“I invented ‘Christine’ as a survival technique to deal with many things. I felt it would save me. Then people started to listen to the album, so I thought, ‘Am I going to be healed?’ But it doesn’t work like that. I am more armed, but still have the same sadness.”

“When I started to write music, I desperately wanted to relate to people,” she continues. “But when I became famous, I could relate less. I thought, ‘Oh, am I trapped in my own creation?’ I was really lonely.”

Chris is set to be released on 21 September 2018 – you can see the English-language tracklist below:

‘Comme Si’
‘Girlfriend’ (feat. Dâm-Funk)
‘The Walker’
‘Doesn’t Matter’
‘5 Dollars’
‘Goya Soda’
‘Damn (What Must A Woman Do)’
‘What’s-her-face’
‘Feel So Good’
‘Make Some Sense’
‘The Stranger’

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)
Strasbourg (12)
Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier (14)
Toulouse, Zenith (15)
Paris, AccorHotels Arena (December 18)

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