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NEWS: Christine and The Queens announces second album ‘Chris’

Christine and The Queens has announced her second album. Titled Chris, the record will be released by Because Music in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxsets, on 21 September. A second new song from the record, ‘Doesn’t matter’, has been revealed alongside a new video, directed by Colin Solal Cardo, known for his work with French collective La Blogotheque, including collaborations with Jack White, Alicia Keys and Phoenix.  

Doesn’t matter’ follows Christine and The Queens’ ace, funky comeback single ‘Girlfriend’ – like that song, and the complete album even, it is available in both English and French language versions, the latter titled ’Doesn’t matter (voleur de soleil)’. The song wrestles with a higher power in order to reach a driving and powerful incantation of soothing hope against mounting misery. “It’s a crisis song that I wrote late one night”,explains Christine. “This song is a cathedral, with a rhythm as unalterable as white stone. The bass line, I remember playing it for hours, as if to rock myself.”

Chris was written, arranged and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine, released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date.

Chaleur Humaine was about teenage years, most of it,” says Christine. “Loneliness, really true feelings, and there is a softness in the way I wrote as well, because I was properly introducing myself.” 

Chris arrives on different terms. “It gets to be a bit more exhilarating, because I get to say, okay, I’ve been introduced now. I get to be more confident, and it matches what happened in my life as a woman.” 

The second album could have been me finding a fancy producer in LA and doing the pop shit,” she laughs, “but actually, no. I wanted to make it even more personal, if it’s possible.” Alongside songs that explore unabashed female desire and complex sexuality that defies categorisation, there are songs which find a new intimacy in emotions and personal turmoil, making explicit the kind of themes that were hinted at on Chaleur Humaine.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING 

English language version:

1. Comme si
2. Girlfriend (feat. Dâm-Funk)
3. The walker
4. Doesn’t matter
5. 5 dollars
6. Goya Soda
7. Damn (what must a woman do)

8. What’s-her-face
9. Feel so good
10. Make some sense
11. The stranger 

ALBUM TRACKLISTING 

French language version:

1. Comme si on s’aimait
2. Damn, dis-moi (feat. Dâm-Funk) 

3. La marcheuse

4. Doesn’t matter (voleur de soleil)

5. 5 dols
6. Goya ! Soda !
7. Follarse 

8. Machin-chose
9. Bruce est dans le brouillard

10. Le G
11.Les yeux mouillés
12. L’étranger (voleur d’eau)

Christine and the Queens has announced a full tour of Europe, Canada and the United States for the Autumn. See below for the full list of dates. See christineandthequeens.com for ticket information.

11 October – LUXEMBOURG – ROCKHAL

12 October – BRUXELLES – FOREST NATIONAL

13 October – AMSTERDAM – AFAS LIVE

15 October – BERLIN – COLUMBIAHALLE

17 October – STOCKHOLM – NOBELBERGET

23 October – SEATTLE –  THE SHOWBOX

26 October – OAKLAND – FOX THEATER

27 October – LOS ANGELES – THE WILTERN

31 October – NEW YORK – BROOKLYN STEEL – SOLD OUT

01 November – NEW YORK – BROOKLYN STEEL

02 November – PHILADELPHIA – UNION TRANSFER

04 November – WASHINGTON – 9:30 CLUB

05 November – TORONTO – THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL

06 November – MONTREAL – PLACE BELL

17 November – BOURNEMOUTH – BIC

20 November – LONDON – EVENTIM APOLLO -SOLD OUT

21 November – LONDON – EVENTIM APOLLO -SOLD OUT

23 November – GLASGOW – ROYAL CONCERT HALL

24 November – EDINBURGH – USHER HALL

26 November – BIRMINGHAM – O2 ACADEMY

27 November – MANCHESTER – O2 APOLLO – SOLD OUT

28 November – MANCHESTER – O2 APOLLO -SECOND DATE ADDED

30 November – DUBLIN – RDS

04 December – NANTES – ZENITH

05 December – BORDEAUX – METROPOLE ARENA

06 December – MONTPELLIER – ZENITH SUD

11 December – GENEVE – ARENA

12 December – STRASBOURG – ZENITH

14 December – LYON – HALLE TONY GARNIER

15 December – TOULOUSE – ZENITH

18 December – PARIS – ACCORHOTELS ARENA -SOLD OUT

19 December – PARIS – ACCORHOTELS ARENA -SECOND DATE ADDED

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