King Princess

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King Princess
A woman in blue overalls performing on an electric guitar.
King Princess performing in Auckland, New Zealand (2018).
Mikaela Straus

(1998-12-19) December 19, 1998 (age 20)
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active2017–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • bass
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums

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

Early life[edit]

Straus was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her great-great-grandparents were businessman Isidor Straus and Ida Straus, who both died in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic.[3][4] She spent much of her childhood with her father, recording engineer Oliver Straus, 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. 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.[1]


In February 2018, King Princess released her debut single "1950".[2][5] "1950" is a tribute to the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, to the LGBTQ Community and to queer love.[1] The song reached a wide audience when British singer Harry Styles tweeted a lyric from the song.[1] Straus followed this with her second single "Talia" in April.[6]

On June 15, 2018, she released her debut extended play Make My Bed.[7] Later that year, she earned Breakout Pop Artist of the Year honors from Vivid Seats.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Straus identifies as genderqueer and gay.[9][10] She is currently dating actress Amandla Stenberg.[11]


Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details Peak chart positions

Make My Bed
  • Released: June 15, 2018[7]
  • Label: Zelig Recordings
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



"1950" 2018 17 25 75 48 83 87 94 Make My Bed
"Pussy Is God"[23] 17 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artists Album
"Run Me Through (King Princess Remix)"[24] 2018 Perfume Genius Reshaped EP

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2018 BBC Sound of 2019 Herself Second[25]
DIY Class of 2019 Included[26]


  1. ^ a b c d Frankie Dunn (2018-04-30). "you probably know her debut single 1950, now get to know king princess". i-D. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ a b Jessica (2018-02-26). "Future Stars: King Princess (Columbia/Zelig Records)". This Must Be Pop. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  3. ^ Straus, Isidor. Autobiography of Isidor Straus. Independently published by the Straus Historical Society, 2011. p.168–176
  4. ^ Newstead, Al (19 October 2018). "King Princess on reappropriating White Stripes and her "extra as hell" family history". triple j. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ Amelia Maher (2018-02-24). "King Princess' debut single "1950" is a beautiful exploration of unrequited love". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  6. ^ "Life Soundtrack: King Princess". Rookie. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  7. ^ a b "King Princess Aims For Her Own Fairytale Success Story". Hotpress. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  8. ^ "2018 Year In Review: The Year in Live Events". Vivid Seats. 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  9. ^ Gutowitz, Jill (2018-06-15). "King Princess Is a Genderqueer Pop Icon for the Next Generation of Queer Youth". Them. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  10. ^ Daly, Rhian (2018-07-23). "King Princess: Meet the gay icon-in-waiting who's come to wreak glorious havoc on pop". NME. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  11. ^ "Chartbreaker: King Princess On Working With Mark Ronson and Finishing Her Debut Album Within the Year". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  12. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Peak chart positions in the United States:
  14. ^ "Mikaela Straus". Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "Discographie King Princess" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "KING PRINCESS – 1950" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "KING PRINCESS – 1950" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "HOT 40 SINGLES". Recorded Music NZ. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  19. ^ "Mikaela Straus" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "KING PRINCESS – 1950" (in German). Swiss Singles Top 100. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  23. ^ Newstead, Al (2018-11-02). "First Spin: King Princess' romantic new single 'Pussy Is God' is love at first listen". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  24. ^ Haas, Anna (May 29, 2018). "Perfume Genius Announces Remix EP Reshaped, King Princess "Run Me Through" Remix". Paste Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  25. ^ "BBC Sound of 2019: 'Queer icon' King Princess is the runner-up". BBC. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Class Of 2019: King Princess". DIY. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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