Christine and the Queens

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Christine and the Queens
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Christine and the Queens performing at Festival des Vieilles Charrues in 2014
Background information
Birth name Héloïse Letissier
Born (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 29)
Nantes, France[1]
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments
Years active 2010–present
Labels Because Music (France), Neon Gold (U.S.)
Associated acts Booba,Tunji Ige, Nik Kershaw
Website www.christineandthequeens.com

Héloïse Letissier (born 1 June 1988), known by her stage name Christine and the Queens, is a French singer, songwriter and producer. She was born in Nantes and has been signed to the independent record label Because Music since 2012. Her work combines music, performance, art videos, drawings and photography.[4]

Early life[edit]

Letissier was born 1 June 1988. Her father, Georges Letissier, teaches English at The University of Nantes and specializes in Victorian era literature.[5] Her mother teaches both French and Latin at a local middle school.[6]

Her parents recommended writers such as Sarah Waters and Judith Butler, whose works served both as inspiration and reference in Letissier's youth.[6]

Career[edit]

Letissier studied theatre at École normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon), moving to Paris in 2010, where she concluded her studies. When she visited London in 2010, she was inspired by the work of local drag queen musicians, including Russella,[7][8] who accompanied her in one of her early concerts. They then became her "Queens" as a backing band. She dedicated many of her creations to them and to all transgender individuals, describing her genre as "freakpop".[3]

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". In 2012, she was the opening act for Lykke Li, The Dø and Woodkid as well as for Lilly Wood and the Prick in 2013. Her third release was an EP titled Nuit 17 à 52 which garnered her first charting on the official French Albums Chart SNEP with the help of its title track.

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.

The single "Tilted", translated from "Christine", was released in February 2015 in the United States as an introduction to her first English EP Saint Claude. Edited by Neon Gold Records, the band toured North America with Marina and the Diamonds as promotion for the release. The song was released in the UK in 2016 and charted on the UK Singles Chart. In 2016, Christine and the Queens put together a cover of Beyoncé's "Sorry" in the BBC Live Lounge, the cover was named as one of the "6 Best New Songs of the Week."[9]

She appeared on Jools' Annual Hootenanny on 31 December 2016-1 January 2017

"iT" was used as the soundtrack for the closing scenes and credits on the episode "Old Loves" during season 5 of Girls shown on 13 March 2016.

In 2016, she was chosen as one of BBC's 100 Women[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Letissier identified herself as pansexual.[11]

In the acknowledgements for the album Chaleur humaine, Letissier wrote "Océane, my beautiful wife. The flowers are for you" (in reference to the album art). This is generally assumed to be a dedication to French comedian and feminist Océane Rose Marie.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[13]
AUS
[14]
BEL
[15]
NL
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
Chaleur Humaine
(US title: Christine and the Queens)
2 8 1 25 8 7 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
FRA
[13]
Miséricorde[23]
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD
Mac Abbey[24]
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Remark Music
  • Formats: CD
Nuit 17 à 52[25]
  • Release date: 30 May 2013
  • Label: Because Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
130
iTunes Session
(limited edition)[26]
  • Release date: 9 February 2015
  • Label: Because Music
  • Formats: Digital download
39
Saint Claude[27]
  • Release date: 14 April 2015
  • Label: Because Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Intranquillité[28]
  • Release date: 2015
  • Label: Because Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Christine and the Queens
(UK only/promotional)
  • Release date: 2015
  • Label: Because Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[13]
AUS
[14]
BEL
[15]
NLD
[16]
UK
[19]
2013 "Nuit 17 à 52" 75 61 Chaleur humaine
2014 "Saint Claude" 4 8
"Christine" 3 1 41
  • BEA: 2× Platinum[29]
2015 "Paradis perdus" 19 39
"No Harm Is Done"
(featuring Tunji Ige)
118 Christine and the Queens
"Jonathan"
(featuring Perfume Genius)
120 76
2016 "Tilted" 54 20
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[13]
2015 "Chaleur humaine" 186 Chaleur humaine
"Intranquillité" 54 Intranquillité
"Amazoniaque" 178
"Safe and Holy" 188
2016 "Here"
(featuring Booba)
52 Non-album single
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Second 2 None" 2017 Mura Masa Mura Masa

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 MTV Europe Music Awards Best French Act Herself Nominated
2015 NRJ Awards Francophone Female Artist of the Year Nominated
Francophone Song of the Year "Tilted" Nominated
Globes de Cristal Award Best Female Singer Herself Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best French Act Nominated
Victoires de la musique Female Artist of the Year Won
Original Song of the Year "Saint Claude" Nominated
Music Video of the Year Won
Album of the Year "Chaleur Humaine" Nominated
Musical Show, Tour or Concert of the Year At La Gaîté lyrique, La Cigale and on tour Nominated
2016 BBC Music Awards Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year "Sorry" Nominated
Victoires de la musique Musical Show, Tour or Concert of the Year Tour of the Le Zénith Won
Music Video of the Year "Tilted" Won
Q Awards Best Breakthrough Act Herself Nominated
Best Album "Chaleur Humaine" Nominated
2017 IMPALA Album of the Year Nominated
Globes de Cristal Award Best Female Singer Herself Nominated
Brit Awards International Female Solo Artist Nominated
NME Awards Best International Female Won
Best New Artist Nominated
Best Live Band Nominated
Best Track "Tilted" Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kourles, Gia Christine, a Pop Star Who Sings With Her Muscles New York Times. October 7, 2016
  2. ^ Snapes, Laura. "Christine and the Queens Can’t Stop Googling Weird Diseases". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Le Monde: Christine & the Queens: "amener un peu de fantaisie ou de bizarre" dans le genre populaire (in French)
  4. ^ François Alvarez. "Christine and the Queens biographie" (in French). music story. 
  5. ^ LETISSIER, Georges. "Université de Nantes – UFR Langue et Cultures Étrangères – LETISSIER Georges". www.flce.univ-nantes.fr (in French). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  6. ^ a b Snapes, Laura (2016-09-04). "Christine and the Queens: 'I just want to shatter everything'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  7. ^ Van Renterghem, Marion (23 Nov 2016). "Les confessions de Christine and the Queens". Vanity Fair. 
  8. ^ Medioni, Par Gilles (13 Feb 2015). "VIDEOS. La voix royale de Christine and the Queens". L'Express. 
  9. ^ "6 Best New Songs of the Week". Vulture.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  10. ^ 2016, BBC, Retrieved 24 November 2016
  11. ^ Laurent Ruquier with Natacha Polony & Aymeric Caron (14 June 2014). Christine and the Queens est pansexuelle – On n'est pas couché (in French). fr:Studio Gabriel, Paris: ONPC, France Télévisions. Christine and the Queens is pansexual 
  12. ^ ""My love life would have been way better": Christine and the Queens on gender fluidity and drag". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Discographie Christine and the Queens". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Peak positions in Australia:
  15. ^ a b "Discografie Christine and the Queens". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Discografie Christine and the Queens". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Discography Christine and the Queens". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Discographie Christine and the Queens". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Christine and the Queens". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Bilan 2015 Du Marché de la Musiqye Enregistrée" (PDF). SNEP. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2015". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "British certifications – Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 August 2016.  Enter Chaleur Humaine in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Search
  23. ^ "Christine And The Queens – Miséricorde". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  24. ^ "Christine And The Queens – Mac Abbey". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  25. ^ "Christine And The Queens – Nuit 17 À 52". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  26. ^ "Christine And The Queens – iTunes Session". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  27. ^ "Christine And The Queens – Saint Claude". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  28. ^ "Christine And The Queens – Intranquillité". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  29. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2016". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 

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