Kim Petras’ “lyrically intense” new single ‘If Jesus Was A Rockstar’ is coming next week

The first track from Kim since her appearance on Sam Smith's multi-chart topping smash 'UNHOLY', it's set to drop next Friday, 11th November.
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Kim Petras has revealed her much anticipated new single ‘If Jesus Was A Rockstar’ will be with us next week.

The first track from Kim since her appearance on Sam Smith’s multi-chart topping smash ‘UNHOLY’, it’s set to drop next Friday, 11th November.

“It’s a fun song, but it’s also really lyrically intense,” Kim told Dork in this month’s cover feature. She describes it as a choose-your-own-adventure track in terms of what it could mean to people, but for her, it was written after she struggled with her spirituality over the pandemic. “As a kid, all my friends would go to things like communion, but I always felt excluded. Maybe if religion was cooler and more accepting of LGBTQ+ people, maybe I would have gone to church and found a place for myself in it, but I didn’t and probably never will. Today, I just believe in my own things.”

The track was a dream come true moment for Kim, with Max Martin producing the song as well as providing backing vocals. “I didn’t even know he was going to be there,” says Kim. “I went there to work with Savan Kotecha and Ilya, and he was just sat on the couch, saying hi. I’ve studied the guy for so many years, so I was starstruck and nervous, but I played it pretty cool,” she laughs. “We all got together, talked about the song, then threw spaghetti at the wall to see what stuck. It was so much fun.”

‘Jesus’ is also the first solo song Kim is releasing without controversial producer Dr. Luke on the credits. “I just wanted to try something new,” says Kim. “I tried a million new things and worked with other people for this album, and it was great and really inspiring. It’s just fun to switch things up.”

It marks the start of a new era for Kim. “No one’s heard anything like this from me before. Gay club music was always my shit before, but now everyone is doing that, so where’s the excitement? If I did it again, it would just be boring.” Instead, Kim decided to “sing about something deeply meaningful, something that I struggle with and something that is just honest.”

You can read our full Kim Petras cover feature by ordering a copy of November’s Dork below.

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