Photo credit: Kim Petras / Luke Gilford
Release Date: 06/23/2023
Label: Amigo Records / Republic
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Discover the latest on Kim Petras and her highly anticipated third debut album “Feed The Beast”. Read on to find out more about the artist, the scrapped album, the recent hits, and where she stands now.
About Kim Petras
If you’re not familiar with Kim Petras, she first rose to prominence with her debut single “I Don’t Want It at All” in 2017. Known for her unique style and unwavering love for pop music, Kim caught the attention of the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. The music video for the song even features pop star and socialite Paris Hilton.
Following her debut, Kim released several standalone singles and a Halloween-themed album. Eventually, she signed with the major label ‘Amigo Records,’ a subsidiary of Republic Records.
The Scrapped Album
The journey becomes a bit unclear from here. Kim released “Malibu” and “Future Starts Now” during the early days of the COVID pandemic, but these songs didn’t gain much traction. In December of 2021, she surprised fans with two brand new songs, “Coconuts” and “Hit It From The Back,” performed at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards.
“Coconuts” garnered a dedicated following and was released earlier than planned, in December 2021, due to its popularity on TikTok. However, despite its initial success, Kim struggled to maintain momentum. Then, in April 2022, she unexpectedly dropped the sex-positive EP called “Slu* Pop” and embarked on a tour, including a performance at Coachella.
During this period, things took a turn. Kim found herself in what she called “pop star jail,” and her album titled “Problématique,” which included the songs “Malibu,” “Future Starts Now,” “Coconuts,” and “Hit It From The Back,” was shelved. Subsequently, every song from the Problématique era leaked online.
“Feed The Beast”
But then came the moment every artist dreams of, a number-one single. Kim collaborated with UK singer Sam Smith on the hit song “Unholy,” which reached the top spot on 24 different charts worldwide. It not only earned Kim her first Grammy award but also marked a historic achievement for a trans individual.
Following this success, Kim swiftly released the Max Martin-penned track “If Jesus Was A Rockstar,” although it didn’t make it onto the album. She kicked off 2023 with the release of “Brrr,” seemingly intended to remind fans of the existence of “Icy” from her album “Clarity.”
Another notable release was the summer anthem “Alone” featuring Nicki Minaj. The track samples “Better Off Alone” by Alice Deejay and showed all the signs of a chart-topping hit. While it reached respectable positions on the Billboard Hot 100 (#55) and the UK singles chart (#37), some may argue it didn’t fully meet expectations.
We aren’t going to say this is a bad album. In fact, quite the opposite. It is a fantastic album with numerous highlights. I will forever compare her work to her time as an “independent” artist.
Era1 and ‘Clarity’ were very fantastic releases, Kim seemed excited to get out there and promote stuff. I don’t feel this album has the same energy as those releases, and it makes me sad, I am disappointed about the ‘Feed The Beast’ rollout.
Kim is going out on a ‘Feed The Beast’ tour this fall, so atleast she gets to promote her music and has been fully released from ‘pop star jail’.