King Princess emerged onto the scene in brilliant fashion, receiving the highest praise a budding pop star could possibly ask to receive: a Harry Styles co-sign.
I love it when we play 1950.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles)March 7, 2018
The at first cryptic yet poetic tweet was soon revealed to be lyrics taken from King Princess’ official debut single “1950.” The single has since gone up to rack over 80-million plays on Spotify alone, with no signs of slowing any time soon. While pop icon Harry Styles casually quoting your lyrics is certainly something of note, it certainly is not the only explanation for King Princess’ explosive bout of success.
Before we jump into what exactly makes “1950” such a noteworthy debut, let’s explore the question of who exactly is King Princess? The Brooklyn born-and-raised artist grew up in a musical family, spending her days tinkering on vintage equipment and picking up guitar and piano along the way. Mentioning that a child spent their early years experimenting with the instruments and equipment lying around may not come as much of a shock, but this proved to be much more than a childhood bout of curiosity. King Princess was offered a record deal at the shocking age of 11.
While King Princess turned down the record deal, music remained an integral part of her life as she attended USC’s infamous Thornton School of Music before leaving to pursue music full-time. It is at this point that we arrive at the King Princess of the present, a rising pop icon who seems poised to enter into the hallowed halls of pop royalty.
The first projects of King Princess were two Soundcloud releases. Signaling the end and beginning of another year, 2017’s “Sunburn” and 2018’s “Send Pix.” The two airy pop numbers also signaled the earliest indications that this artist was something special, emanating a sound that felt timeless yet forward-thinking.
Finally, we arrive at “1950,” an early and strong contender for pop anthem of the year. The song is more than just a beautifully crafted piece of pop perfection, it’s an overarching narrative that skillfully intertwines experiences of the past with that of the present. King Princess previously expanded upon some of the themes underlying “1950,”
“Queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms. I wrote this song as a story of unrequited love in my own life, doing my best to acknowledge and pay homage to that part of history.”
So what’s next for King Princess? Well, a lot. She’s set to play her first ever headlining shows this June, with two sold out performances at The Troubadour in Los Angeles and at Elsewhere’s Zone One in New York on June 26. Then there’s her debut EP, Make My Bed, due out June 15 as the first release from Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records. But if you’re like us and just can’t wait even that long for more King Princess, let the artist’s latest release “Talia” captivate you until then.