King Princess releases club-friendly new single “Pain”

“George Michael meets ‘Erotica’-era Madonna.”

King Princess looks to be entering a club-friendly era with her new track “Pain.”

“Pain,” which was produced by frequent collaborator Mark Ronson, is the follow-up to “Only Time Makes it Human.” Mikaela Straus’ vocals stand at the forefront of the track, over a glassy piano line and a crisp syncopated rhythm section.

King Princess told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that “Pain” is “probably my favorite song I’ve ever written.” She added, “I think what I love about it is it’s got that fucking piano. It’s the ultimate George Michael meets Erotica-era Madonna meets an incredible remix if you’re in a gay club that makes you uncomfortable and horny.”


The Brooklyn-born singer timed the release of “Pain,” in part, to the anniversary of her 2019 Saturday Night Live debut. While King Princess did not confirm any major release for the near future, she teased in her interview with Lowe that she plans on releasing another song before the end of the year. Beyond that, the only confirmed dates in King Princess’ calendar are European shows with Harry Styles in 2021—coronavirus allowing.

Listen to “Pain” here:

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