BBC Radio 1 Dance StageSunday2:30 pm
Somewhere between nineties American pop and eighties European disco, rises the undeniable voice of Kim Petras. The side-bun-sporting, Los Angeles-based songstress powers up a new pop paradigm, sharing lovelorn storylines over addictive melodies and explosive production. Recognized as one of music’s most promising new artists, Kim has released a series of infectious singles including her debut song “I Don’t Want It At All” which hit #1 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart just four days after release and pop hit “Heart To Break,” bringing her total streams to over 100 million. Kim’s total YouTube views have broken 16 million, with a dreamy video for “I Don’t Want It At All” featuring Paris Hilton and a pop fantasy that sees Kim re-imagined as a modern-day Disney princess in the “Heart to Break” video. Kim, who was chosen as a Spotify RISE artist, opened for Troye Sivan on his nationwide The Bloom Tour, became one of the most buzzed-about names during New York Fashion Week, released her Halloween mixtape TURN OFF THE LIGHT VOL. 1 which features Elvira, joined Charli XCX on her Pop 2 mixtape, and collaborated with both Cheat Codes on “Feeling of Falling” and SOPHIE on the highly-anticipated “1,2,3 dayz up.” Her artistry has seen her nominated for GLAAD’s Outstanding Music Artist award and has earned her as one to watch from the likes of NY Times, EW, Billboard, Elle, Paper, V, Noisey, Out, I-D, Refinery29, Popcrush and many more. Since her childhood in Cologne, Germany, Kim has loved pop music. By the age of twenty, Kim started making regular trips to Los Angeles to work on songwriting and eventually release her own music, which caught the attention of producer Aaron Joseph. Kim notably began transitioning with female hormone therapy following her twelfth birthday and made worldwide headlines as the youngest person to receive gender reassignment surgery at the age of 16.