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Meet Chappell Roan, TikTok’s favourite pop star

The Rise of a Midwest Princess.
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A “queer pop icon,” “a superstar in the making, “a visionary performer” and leader of the “lesbian pop renaissance” – it’s undeniable Chappell Roan is kind of a big deal. The 26-year-old is making waves in the music industry with her unique blend of 1980s synth-pop and early 2000s pop hits, combined with a vibrant, campy performance style and killer fashion.

Chappell Roan performs during the 2024 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 16, 2024 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Chappell Roan performs in Tennessee. (Credit: Getty)

Who is Chappell Roan and how did she get famous?

Born Kayleigh Rose Amstutz on February 19, 1998, in Missouri, Chappell Roan’s journey to stardom began at 17 when she uploaded her original song ‘Die Young’ to YouTube. The song’s success led to a record deal with Atlantic Records and the release of her debut EP, School Nights, in 2017. Although she parted ways with the record label in 2020, she bounced back strong with her indie releases, leading up to her breakout album, The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess, dropping on Island Records in 2023.

The album received critical acclaim, appearing on several year-end best-album lists, and gained a cult following that propelled it to sleeper hit status by early 2024.

Who has Chappell Roan opened for?

A pivotal moment in Roan’s career came when she opened for Olivia Rodrigo on the Guts World Tour in the United States and Canada from February to April 2024.

From Coachella to Governors Ball, she’s been rocking stages and racking up millions of streams in 2024 with hits like ‘Good Luck, Babe!’ and it’s almost impossible to scroll TikTok without hearing her tunes or spotting her glam-inspired, larger-than-life performances.

Chappell Roan on The Jimmy Fallon Show
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Is Chappell Roan coming to Australia?

Fans in Australia will be thrilled to know that Chappell Roan’s rising popularity might soon bring her to their shores. With her music now reaching top charts internationally, including in Australia, there’s growing anticipation for an Australian tour announcement. Stay tuned for updates and sign up to Ticketek’s waitlist, here.

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