Exclusive: Christine And The Queens Premiere 'iT' From 'Saint Claude' EP

Christine and the Queens
Jeff Hahn

Christine and the Queens

French sensation Christine And The Queens -- the alter-ego of Parisian singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier -- has been a household name in Europe since 2012. She's dropped three EPs [dubbed "freak-pop"], toured with the likes of Lykke Li, The Dø, and Woodkid, and released her debut LP Chaleur Humaine to critical acclaim last year. Oh, and she also won best female artist and video of the year at Victoires de La Musique, the French equivalent of the Grammys.

And with a growing global fan base, Héloïse has also earned praise from music's top tier stars: Lorde called her melodies "transcendent," Madonna quipped, "She's cool. I like how she doesn't seem to care," and Mark Ronson called her voice "amazing -- exactly the sort I like, gravelly and has texture."

After dazzling U.S. audiences at her first stateside shows earlier this year during SXSW, Héloïse releases her debut English language EP Saint Claude today in partnership with her French label Because Music and tastemakers Neon Gold Records (via Atlantic) -- the same label that introduced international sensations like Ellie Goulding, Marina & the Diamonds, Tove Lo and Charli XCX to North America. 

Billboard has the exclusive premiere of "iT," the next cut from Saint Claude (out now via Neon Gold/Atlantic/Because). 

Beginning with a jangly piano intro, the track quickly blooms with dream-like synths and a kicking disco beat, the chorus erupting on the euphoric and sticky sweet hook, "'Cause I won, I'm a man now, 'cause I've got it, I'm a man now." 

Of the track's gender-bending message, Héloïse tells Billboard, "At some point in my life, I happened to actually fantasize about being a man. More precisely, I wanted to be considered as such. It seemed easier for them to be bossy, imperfect, daring; women had to work through so many contradictions and obstacles, that sometimes it was like trying to solve a riddle." 

Héloïse's inspiration makes sense, given the fact that her persona "Christine And The Queens" was born in London, when she first gained musical confidence through a friendship with a group of drag queens. She thus gifted her musical project the tag, "And The Queens," and created a character for herself in Christine. 

"With Christine, I have the bold energy of a child. More importantly, I have all the possibilities a child has," she explained. "It's too early to choose, so on the playground, I want to be the Prince -- long dresses and fancy poses have never been my forte. And no matter what the others will shout at me: there is indeed nothing you can do to make me change my mind."

Keep an eye out for her English-language full length arriving later this year -- a re-imagining of her LP Chaleur Humaine -- and be sure to catch her divine live show this spring when she hits the stage for several sold-out dates supporting Marina & the Diamonds.

Christine And The Queens US Live Dates

April 15 - The Echo - Los Angeles (SOLD OUT)

April 17 - The Warfield - San Francisco* (SOLD OUT)

April 18 - The North Park Theatre - San Diego* (SOLD OUT)

April 21 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York (SOLD OUT)

April 23 - Westway - New York (TICKETS HERE)

July 30 - Mod Club - Toronto

July 31 - Osheaga Festival - Montreal 

*Supporting Marina & the Diamonds