Midwest Princess

Here’s what to expect from Chappell Roan’s next album

Chappell Roan’s debut album The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess is still reaching new heights, even eight months after its release. Just this week, it reached a new peak of #28 on the Billboard 200. But after Roan’s megahit single “Good Luck, Babe!” and her meteoric rise in popularity, fans are eagerly awaiting her next project. Now, she and her producer Dan Nigro have given the world a sneak peek.

On the red carpet of Wednesday night’s ASCAP Pop Awards, Roan and Nigro dished on what to expect from her next album.

“There isn’t much of an agenda with this next album,” Roan told Variety, keeping things characteristically chaotic. “I plan to do what I have always done: write songs that I love, create music I’m proud of and share that with the world. Maybe I should have more of an answer of what my expectations are [with the album], but at this point, I just don’t know.”

Nigro gave a more detailed glimpse at the album, though he admitted it’s still in its infancy.

“I’m feeling good about it, but at the same time we are literally right at the beginning of the recording process. It’s only been a few days,” he said. “But when I have Chappell in studio, it’s always good fun — she’s amazing.”

“We’re doing a lot of sitting around and talking at this point and there’s moments where she becomes the Chappell you see on stage, but then there’s moments where it comes down,” Nigro continued. “We’re writing ballads, some sad songs where it’s just the piano and her voice.”

The two talked about Roan’s antics out of the studio, too. Nigro praised Roan’s iconic Sasha Colby-referencing speech at Coachella, along with the rendition of her song “My Kink Is Karma” that followed it.

“First of all, that performance was insane,” he said. “Watching that speech in real time was incredible — I was actually really anticipating if she was going to have the same speech as weekend one and of course she did not! Our friends were filming our reactions; it was the most incredible thing ever.”

Roan, meanwhile, gave her take on this year’s Met Gala, saying if she’d attended, she’d have “worn something pretty controversial.” 

“I definitely would have shown up in drag,” Roan continued. “You’re not gonna see me — all power to the girls and the little black dress — but if I ever go to the Met Gala, b*tch… it’ll be a spectacle for sure. Hopefully next year!”

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