King Princess

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King Princess
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King Princess performing in September 2018.
Born
Mikaela Mullaney Straus[1]

(1998-12-19) December 19, 1998 (age 20)
OccupationSinger-songwriter
Years active2015–present
Musical career
GenresPop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
LabelsZelig Recordings
Associated actsMark Ronson
Websitekingprincessmusic.com

Mikaela Mullaney Straus[1] (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Brooklyn, New York.[2] She is signed to Mark Ronson's label Zelig Records, an imprint of Columbia Records.[3]

Early life[edit]

Straus was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is the daughter of recording engineer Oliver H. Straus Jr and Agnes "Aggie" Mullaney. Her parents divorced while she was young. On her mother's side she is of Irish, Italian, and Polish descent.[4] On her father's side, her great-great-grandparents were Isidor Straus, a U.S. Congressman and co-owner of Macy's, and Ida Straus; they were from German Jewish families, which immigrated to the United States from the Kingdom of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate. The couple died in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic.[5][6] She spent much of her childhood with her father in his Mission Sound studio. There, she learned several instruments, including bass, guitar, piano and drums, as well as music production techniques and insight into the music industry. Straus's inspiration in those years had come from the rock music of the bands Led Zeppelin and T. Rex, as well as Jack White.[2] She attended high school at Avenues: The World School, a private school in Manhattan, and played volleyball.[7][8] After high school, Straus moved to Los Angeles to study at the USC Thornton School of Music. However, after a year, she dropped out in favor of her music career.[2]

Career[edit]

King Princess performing at Royale in Boston, Massachusetts (2018).

Straus speaks about her early childhood musical experiences in her father's studio, in an interview with FaceCulture. She was offered a deal with a music label at the age of 11, which she rejected. The reason behind Straus' refusal was her experience watching other artists work with a music label in her father's studio. The labels would control the artist's product, and change the feel of the music. She did not want to sign with a record label until she had a definition of her music, how she wanted to run the production, and whom she would work with.[9]

In February 2018, King Princess released her debut single "1950".[3][10] "1950" is a tribute to the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, to the LGBT community and to queer love.[2] The song reached a wide audience when British singer Harry Styles tweeted a lyric from the song.[2] Straus followed this with her second single "Talia" in April.[11]

On June 15, 2018, she released her debut extended play Make My Bed.[12] Later that year, she earned Breakout Pop Artist of the Year honors from Vivid Seats.[13]

In 2019, it was announced that King Princess would perform at Lollapalooza[14] and Coachella.[15] She played The Park stage at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival and was joined by Mark Ronson (dressed as King Princess) for a performance of their collaboration "Pieces of Us".[16] Zelig Recordings will release King Princess's debut album, Cheap Queen on October 25, 2019.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Straus is genderqueer and a lesbian.[18][19][20] From early 2018 to late 2018, she was in a relationship with actress Amandla Stenberg.[21] Since 2019, she has been in a relationship with director Quinn Wilson.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Cheap Queen

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details Peak chart positions
NZ
Heat.

[22]
Make My Bed
  • Released: June 15, 2018[12]
  • Label: Zelig
  • Format: digital download, streaming
1

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Alt.

[23]
AUS
[24]
AUT
[25]
BEL
(FL)

[26]
NLD
[27]
NZ
Hot

[28]
SWE
[29]
SWI
[30]
"1950" 2018 17 25 75 48 83 87 94 Make My Bed
"Talia"[34]
"Pussy Is God"[36] 17 Non-album single
"Cheap Queen"[37] 2019 98 17 Cheap Queen
"Prophet"[38] 17
"Ain't Together"[39]
"Hit the Back"[40]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Album
NZ
Hot

[41]
"Pieces of Us"[42]
(Mark Ronson featuring King Princess)
2019 24 Late Night Feelings

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artists Album
"Run Me Through (King Princess Remix)"[43] 2018 Perfume Genius Reshaped EP

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2018 BBC Sound of 2019 Herself Second[44]
DIY Class of 2019 Included[45]

International Music Awards[edit]

Rolling Stone Germany's International Music Awards celebrate the best of music. Winners are selected by artists and experts. The first edition is set to take place in 2019.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 Herself Beginner Pending [46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Your query : Creator's Name begins with STRAUS MIKAELA on any territories (Domestic works)". ISWC. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dunn, Frankie (April 30, 2018). "you probably know her debut single 1950, now get to know king princess". i-D. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jessica (February 26, 2018). "Future Stars: King Princess (Columbia/Zelig Records)". This Must Be Pop. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Mullaney, Aggie. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkQsIV9l1mT/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Straus, Isidor. Autobiography of Isidor Straus. Independently published by the Straus Historical Society, 2011. p.168–176
  6. ^ Newstead, Al (October 19, 2018). "King Princess on reappropriating White Stripes and her "extra as hell" family history". triple j. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mikaela Straus – Stats".
  8. ^ "Issue 5".
  9. ^ "King Princess interview (part 1)". FaceCulture. October 3, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2019 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Maher, Amelia (February 24, 2018). "King Princess' debut single "1950" is a beautiful exploration of unrequited love". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Life Soundtrack: King Princess". Rookie. April 13, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "King Princess Aims For Her Own Fairytale Success Story". Hotpress. May 18, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 Year In Review: The Year in Live Events". Vivid Seats. December 18, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  14. ^ @lollapalooza (March 20, 2019). "Here it is your 2019 #Lolla Lineup! Grab your 4-Day Tickets and get ready to party with Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers, J Balvin + more!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Coachella 2019 | Lineup". Coachella. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "Watch Mark Ronson join King Princess at Glastonbury — dressed as King Princess". NME. July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Barlow, Eve (September 9, 2019). "Bend the Knee King Princess, Brooklyn queer pop royalty, is ready for the throne". Vulture. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "King Princess Is the Jewish Queer Pop Icon We've Been Waiting For". Alma. February 5, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  19. ^ Gutowitz, Jill (June 15, 2018). "King Princess Is a Genderqueer Pop Icon for the Next Generation of Queer Youth". Them. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Daly, Rhian (July 23, 2018). "King Princess: Meet the gay icon-in-waiting who's come to wreak glorious havoc on pop". NME. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Werthman, Christine (July 24, 2018). "Chartbreaker: King Princess On Working With Mark Ronson and Finishing Her Debut Album Within the Year". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 25, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  23. ^ Peak chart positions in the United States:
  24. ^ "Mikaela Straus". australian-charts.com. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "Discographie King Princess" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  26. ^ "KING PRINCESS – 1950" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  27. ^ "KING PRINCESS – 1950" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  28. ^ "HOT 40 SINGLES". Recorded Music NZ. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  29. ^ "Mikaela Straus" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  30. ^ "KING PRINCESS – 1950" (in German). Swiss Singles Top 100. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  31. ^ "American single certifications – King Princess – Eastside". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 21, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  32. ^ "Gold/Platinum: King Princess". Music Canada. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  33. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2019 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  34. ^ "Talia – Single by King Princess". Apple Music (UK). April 13, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  35. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  36. ^ Newstead, Al (November 2, 2018). "First Spin: King Princess' romantic new single 'Pussy Is God' is love at first listen". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  37. ^ "cheap queen coming to u this Friday can you even believe it ?!". May 28, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019 – via Twitter.
  38. ^ @KingPrincess69 (July 15, 2019). "Prophet is out on Friday my loves ;)" (Tweet). Retrieved July 16, 2019 – via Twitter.
  39. ^ Richards, Will (September 3, 2019). "King Princess shares new song 'Ain't Together' featuring Father John Misty on drums". NME. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  40. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (October 3, 2019). "King Princess unveils soulful new track "Hit the Back"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  41. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 1, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  42. ^ Bien, Kat (June 17, 2019). "Mark Ronson & King Princess Ride a Retro Dream on 'Pieces of Us': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  43. ^ Haas, Anna (May 29, 2018). "Perfume Genius Announces Remix EP Reshaped, King Princess "Run Me Through" Remix". Paste Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  44. ^ "BBC Sound of 2019: 'Queer icon' King Princess is the runner-up". BBC. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  45. ^ "Class Of 2019: King Princess". DIY. December 18, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  46. ^ "SHORTLIST: DAS SIND DIE NOMINIERTEN DES IMA 2019". Rolling Stone Germany (in German). Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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