queen of hearts

One of this year’s big­gest break­outs, King Princess (aka 19-year-old Mikaela Straus) is tak­ing young love to new heights

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When Harry Styles tweeted a sin­gle lyric from King Princess’ de­but sin­gle,

“1950” in Fe­bru­ary, he didn’t even have to name the song to put it – and the teen star be­hind it – on the map. There’s now lit­tle doubt as to the ori­gins of the lyric; the song it’s from has over 120 mil­lion streams and count­ing on Spo­tify alone.

Since then, Straus has felt the love from mu­si­cians Charli XCX, Halsey, Tegan and Sara, and The xx’s Romy Madley Croft. “It feels amaz­ing to be sup­ported by other peo­ple in the in­dus­try,” she says. “I think it’s easy to think about what is fucked up in our cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties, but there’s a lot of love there, too.”

Straus doesn’t shy away from her sex­u­al­ity in her lyric-writ­ing. “1950” was in­spired by Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s

1952 novel The Price Of Salt (bet­ter known as the film Carol), draw­ing par­al­lels be­tween hid­den queer love, and the sim­i­lar, iso­lated na­ture of un­re­quited ado­ra­tion. Some have ven­tured there are sex­ual con­no­ta­tions in “I love it when we play 1950” – a ref­er­ence to 69-ing (be­cause 19 plus 50… you get it). “Straight peo­ple don’t think about am­bi­gu­ity when they write about peo­ple they love,” says the mu­si­cian. “Nei­ther should I.” In June, she re­leased her de­but EP,

Make My Bed – the tit­u­lar track a 90-sec­ond-only ru­mi­na­tion on the painful mo­tion of mov­ing on af­ter heart­break – as the first sign­ing to Mark Ron­son’s new la­bel, Zelig Records. “Mark has been an amaz­ing guid­ing pres­ence in my ca­reer,” says Straus. An­other such pres­ence is that of her sound en­gi­neer dad, whose Brook­lyn record­ing stu­dio she spent hours in as a kid. “Watch­ing him op­er­ate a stu­dio gave me the con­fi­dence to en­ter into a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try and know ex­actly what I want,” she says. While such a start may have helped train her ear, it’s clear King Princess has a hus­tle that can’t be taught. “I’m gonna keep work­ing un­til I die!” Catch King Princess on tour from Novem­ber 2; king­princess­mu­sic.com

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