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Christine and the Queens reveals Madonna is "a very ambivalent being of light" on his new album

27 March 2023, 14:22 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Christine and the Queens has revealed that Madonna plays a character called Big Eye on his new album PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, who is "a very ambivalent being of light".

Earlier this month Christine and the Queens announced his upcoming album PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, which will feature collaborations with 070 Shake and Madonna, and while speaking to the BBC, Christine and the Queens revealed that Madonna plays a character called "Big Eye" on the album.

Speaking about how he met Madonna, Christine and the Queens said, "The first time I met her was actually on stage. She was doing a tour and there was a song where she was inviting people she loved on the set - and I was lucky enough to be invited."

On how he got the Queen of Pop on his album, he said, "She did a very risky FaceTime when I explained the whole concept and I was like, 'Do you want to be an actress in this weird musical? To be exactly also the great actress you are?' Because she's multifaceted. She's not even enclosed in one person."

He continued, "And she said, 'Yes!' I think because she was enticed by the insanity of the whole thing. She was like, 'You're crazy. I'll do it!'

"I sent her lines that I wrote because she's embodying the character of Big Eye, a very ambivalent 'being of light'," he added. "We don't really know if it's AI, a true angel, or maybe my mum? Or if it's maybe me. She's has this voice that encloses all of the others and she's piercing through in the record to just give the wisdom we need."

He concluded, "She sent me the lines and she delivered in such a perfect way. So I had the emotions of a stage director having the best, best performer to direct, and she delivered in exactly the right way. I'm truly joyful that she trusted me enough to give me this impeccable piece of theatre. And also, any time she wants me to just do something for her, I'll be of service all my life."

During his 6 Music Festival performance in Manchester over the weekend, Christine and the Queens closed his set with live debuts of three songs from PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, including "Track 10", "Lick the Light Out" and "To Be Honest"

PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE is written, performed and produced by Christine and the Queens, and is co-production by Mike Dean (Lana Del Rey, Beyonce).

Christine and the Queens' PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE album will arrive on 9 June via Because Music, and is available to pre-order now.

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