Christine and the Queens are one of the word-of-mouth success stories of recent years, after her debut album Chaleur Humaine saw a notable rise in popularity over the months after its release thanks to its vibrant queer pop and Christine's emphatic performances leading to a re-release for America. It's been a trying wait for new material from the French act, but this week she has broken her silence with 'Girlfriend', produced by Dâm Funk.

Addressing the overtly sexual content and atmosphere of 'Girlfriend', Christine tells us:

“I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity... How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: “What happened to you?” I want to be that.”

She's bundled all that into a popping and peacocking pop tune, which is likely to be sneaking its way on to radio playlists all over the world very soon. Check it out below.

More news on Christine and the Queens' second album is forthcoming. They'll be hitting the UK at these dates:

17 November - BOURNEMOUTH - BIC
20 November - LONDON - EVENTIM APOLLO - SOLD OUT
21 November - LONDON - EVENTIM APOLLO - SOLD OUT
23 November - GLASGOW - ROYAL CONCERT HALL
24 November - EDINBURGH - USHER HALL
26 November - BIRMINGHAM - O2 ACADEMY
27 November - MANCHESTER - O2 APOLLO
30 November - DUBLIN - RDS