Christine and the Queens

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Christine and the Queens
(Heloïse Letissier)
Born 1988
Nantes, France
Genres Synthpop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Because Music
Website www.christineandthequeens.com

Heloïse Letissier is a French singer songwriter originating from Nantes who since 2012 is signed to the French independent Because Music record label. Her musical project known as Christine and the Queens is a mix of music, performance, art videos, drawings and photography.

Letissier studied theatre at École normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) moving to Paris in 2010 where she concluded her studies. When in London, she was inspired by the work of local drag queen musicians who accompanied her in one of her early concerts and they became her "Queens" as a backing band. She dedicated many of her creations to them and to all transvestites descrbing her genre as "freakpop".[1] She adopted the name Christine and the Queens releasing her debut EP Miséricorde independently followed by another EP in 2012 called Mac Abbey with the minor hits "Narcissus is back" and "Cripple". She also opened to shows by Lykke Li, The Do and Woodkid in 2012 and Lilly Wood and the Prick in 2013. Her third release is the EP Nuit 17 à 52 her first charting on SNEP, official French Albums Chart, with the title track becoming her first charting single on SNEP.

In 2012, Christine and the Queens won the Best Discovered Act known as Découverte du Printemps de Bourges and also the Adami Premières Francos 2012 award.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album title Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[3]
2014 Chaleur humaine 6 26

EPs[edit]

Year EP title Peak positions
FR
[2]
2011 Miséricorde  –
2012 Mac Abbey  –
2013 Nuit 17 à 52 130

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album / EP
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[3]
2014 "Nuit 17 à 52" 75  – Chaleur humaine
"Saint Claude" 37 16*
(Ultratip)
"Paradis perdu" 99  –

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Monde: Christine & the Queens: "amener un peu de fantaisie ou de bizarre" dans le genre populaire (French)
  2. ^ a b c "Christina and the Queens discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Christina and the Queens discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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