1950

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  • Mikaela Straus is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, who performs under the name of King Princess. This is her debut single.
  • The song is a tribute to the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, which draws parallels between hidden desire and lesbian love, Straus, who identifies as gender queer, was in her University of Southern California dorm room when she wrote the song's opening line: "I hate it when dudes try to chase me."

    "That was the first time when I was like, 'Woo! I did the thing,'" she told Billboard.
  • "1950" serves as a story of unrequited queer love. Unlike The Price of Salt, it doesn't have a happy ending. "I didn't get the bitch in the end," Straus said.
  • The song reached a wider audience when a month after its release, Harry Styles tweeted its opening lines. The One Direction star's endorsement helped "1950" reach an international audience. It was especially successful in Australia where it was certified gold.
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  • Andy from Berkley, Ma some good stuff here from King Princess herself:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-vaLQ5wDIg
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