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Beyonce's Singing Sister Duo Chloe x Halle Release Gorgeous 'Sugar Symphony' EP: Exclusive

Beyoncé (center) had Chloe (left) and Halle’s back at a performance  at the White House on March 28.
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Beyoncé (center) had Chloe (left) and Halle’s back at a performance  at the White House on March 28.

Alt-pop/R&B duo Chloe x Halle, ages 17 and 16, respectively, spent the night of April 23 like many other music fanatics: freaking out over the HBO premiere of Beyoncé's innovative visual album, Lemonade. "We had a little watching party with our friends, and it was so much fun," says Chloe. "We were like every other Beyhive member: 'Yas, Bey, yas!' "

But the Atlanta-born Bailey sisters had extra reason to cheer: The singer-instrumentalists signed with Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment in 2015 for a reported $1 million after their YouTube cover of her "Pretty Hurts" went viral, and appear in one of Lemonade's most memorable scenes. Today (April 29), just six days after Lemonade's conversation-dominating premiere, Chloe x Halle are partnering with Billboard to exclusively premiere their five-song EP Sugar Symphony (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia), which features contributions from Hit-Boy (Drake, Jay Z) and is led by the shockingly mature, self-produced and -written single "Drop." 

"After Bey heard it," recalls Halle, "she said: 'Girls, I'm so proud of you! This is exactly what I wanted: for you to keep being you.' "

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Since then, one amazing role model has begot many more. The pair is featured on Michelle Obama's charity single, "This Is for My Girls," with Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae and others, and stars in a standout Lemonade scene with Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya, French duo Ibeyi and the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Eric Garner, all wearing fancy, antebellum-era clothing. "Seeing all of the incredible women around us, it was just so beautiful," says Chloe. "We were dressed as queens; we were showing how powerful we can be. That was Bey's message: Strong women are great, but we're greater when we're together."

Click below to exclusively listen to Chloe x Halle's beautiful Sugar Symphony EP and watch a live performance of "Fall."

Chloe X Halle, "Fall" (Billboard Live Performance)

Chloe X Halle, "Fall" (Audio)

Chloe X Halle, "Thunder" (Audio)

Chloe X Halle, "Lazy Love" (Audio)

Chloe X Halle "Red Lights" (Audio)

A version of this article originally appeared in the May 7 issue of Billboard.