From a young age, Elle King knew she wanted to be a "badass bitch." And now, she says, her wish is coming true: On her sassy debut, Love Stuff (Feb. 17, RCA), the Brooklyn-based blues-pop singer, 25, lets her raspy, Adele-esque wail loose, drowning fears with booze ("Last Damn Night") and disposing of a fling ("I Told You I Was Mean"). It's not what you'd expect from the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King, but it works. Here are five reasons why King rules:
1. Dad's Coattails? No Thanks
"I was born out of a Vegas marriage: My parents got married three days after they met," says King. They divorced shortly after she was born. "Soon as I was 18, I took on my mom's last name because she raised me, and I wanted to be my own person."