The rise of queer pop looks set to continue in 2019, with stars like Christine and the Queens, LP and King Princess leading the way.
Queer pop is by no means new – after all David Bowie and the New Romantics got there first, decades ago. But last year the genre seemed to establish itself in the mainstream in a way it has never done before. Many of 2018’s most interesting – and relevant – pop albums explored gender fluidity, identity and sexual freedom. (The trend was seen in television too, where actors such as Asia Kate Dillon pushed boundaries). Here are five singers who are changing the game.
Christine and the Queens
This innovative French artist has made two stonkingly good albums. The first, Chaleur Humaine in 2016, drew on her struggles as a queer woman dealing with alienation and loneliness.
The second, last year’s Chris, saw the performer (with newly cropped hair and ripped biceps) toy with notions of masculinity and femininity, self-loathing and desire – all within the confines of deliciously catchy synth pop.
Like Prince, all her songs have a sexual undercurrent (The Guardian called her “a pansexual horndog”). Like Michael Jackson, she can dance, just check out her moves in the video for Girlfriend. It’s no wonder Christine and the Queens is up for Best International Female Solo Artist at next month’s Brits.