BBC Sound of 2019: 'Queer icon' King Princess is the runner-up">
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Brooklyn-born pop star King Princess is the runner up in BBC Music's Sound Of 2019 list
Type "King Princess" into Google, and the headlines are overwhelming."A gay icon in waiting," says the NME. "A queer pop star for a new generation," agrees DIY magazine. "All Hail King Princess, the newest member of queer pop royalty," declares The Guardian.And King Princess is agreeably relaxed about the role she's been assigned."If they need me to do that, then hell yeah," says the 20-year-old, whose real name is Mikaela Straus."When I was a kid, I wanted somebody to look up to, whose music I was excited about, who was gay. That would have been really cool, so I'm down to take that on."
Born in Brooklyn, the singer has been surrounded by music all her life. Her dad is recording engineer Oliver Straus - and bands like Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and The National would often drop by his home studio. "I was used for background vocals a lot," she laughs.Shortly after turning 11, Straus was approached by Virgin Records, but she and her dad turned down a record deal - an experience she describes as an important lesson in the power of saying "no".
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