Christine and the Queens (aka Héloïse Letissier) released her sophomore album, Chris, last month via Because Music. Last night she stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the album’s “Comme Si.” As is usually the case, she was backed by her regular team of dancers with a choreographed performance as if from a classic musical or Michael Jackson video. Watch it below.
Pick up our current print issue (Issue 65) to read our exclusive interview with Christine and the Queens on Chris (and to check out our photo shoot with her).
There are both English language and French language versions of the album, with the French one having an extra track. Back in May Christine and the Queens shared a new song, “Girlfriend” (which features Dâm-Funk), as well as a French version of the song, titled “Damn, dis-moi.” She got a lot of mileage out of that song. It was one of our Songs of the Week, there was also a video for the song, she performed the song on Later... with Jools Holland, and also performed it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (with The Roots and Dâm-Funk). Then she shared a video for a new song, “Doesn’t Matter,” as well as a video for a French version of the song, “Doesn’t Matter (voleur de soleil).” Then she shared a video for “5 Dollars” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). Then she shared another new song from the album, “La Marcheuse,” via a video for the song. “La Marcheuse” is from the French version of the album (the English version of the song is “The Walker,” but there’s no video for that version).
She also stopped by the BBC Live Lounge to do a session where she covered Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do,” as well as performing “Girlfriend.” In July she shared a remix EP for “Girlfriend” (the funky seven-and-a-half-minute remix of the song by Dâm-Funk was one of our Songs of the Week).
Christine and the Queens made waves in her native France with her 2014 debut album, Chaleur Humaine. A more English language version of the album, simply titled Christine and the Queens, was released in America (and other English speaking countries) in 2015 via Because Music.
In a previous press release Letissier compared her first and second albums: “Chaleur Humaine was about teenage years, most of it. Loneliness, really true feelings, and there is a softness in the way I wrote as well, because I was properly introducing myself.” With Chris, she says “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.”
Letissier added: “The second album could have been me finding a fancy producer in LA and doing the pop shit, but actually, no. I wanted to make it even more personal, if it’s possible.”
Christine and the Queens Tour Dates:
Wed 10.31 – NEW YORK – BROOKLYN STEEL – SOLD OUT
Thu 11.01 – NEW YORK – BROOKLYN STEEL – SOLD OUT
Fri 11.02 – PHILADELPHIA – UNION TRANSFER
Sun 11.04 – WASHINGTON – 9:30 CLUB – SOLD OUT
Mon 11.05 – TORONTO – DANFORTH MUSIC HALL – SOLD OUT
Tue 11.06 – MONTREAL – PLACE BELL
Sat 11.17 – BOURNEMOUTH – BIC
Tue 11.20 – LONDON – EVENTIM APOLLO – SOLD OUT
Wed 11.21 – LONDON – EVENTIM APOLLO – SOLD OUT
Fri 11.23 – GLASGOW – ROYAL CONCERT HALL
Sat 11.24 – EDINBURGH – USHER HALL
Mon 11.26 – BIRMINGHAM – O2 ACADEMY
Tue 11.27 – MANCHESTER – O2 APOLLO – SOLD OUT
Wed 11.28 – MANCHESTER – O2 APOLLO
Fri 11.30 – DUBLIN – RDS
Tue 12.04 – NANTES – ZENITH
Wed 12.05 – BORDEAUX – METROPOLE ARENA
Thu 12.06 – MONTPELLIER – ZENITH SUD
Tue 12.11 – GENEVE – ARENA
Wed 12.12 – STRASBOURG – ZENITH
Fri 12.14 – LYON – HALLE TONY GARNIER
Sat 12.15 – TOULOUSE – ZENITH
Tue 12.18 – PARIS – ACCORHOTELS ARENA – SOLD OUT
Wed 12.19 – PARIS – ACCORHOTELS ARENA