Kim Petras Surprise-Releases 'Problematique' Album (Featuring Paris Hilton!) a Year After It Leaked

The pop star will perform tracks from the once-shelved album on her upcoming Feed the Beast World Tour

<p>Steven Klein</p> Kim Petras

Steven Klein

Kim Petras

Everything she drops is a banger!

Kim Petras is back with a surprise album drop. On Monday, the pop star shocked fans when she released her album Problematique, which her label initially shelved after many of its tracks leaked online in August of 2022.

The release comes just three months after Petras unleashed her major-label debut, Feed the Beast, a sonically adventurous effort on which she experimented with different types of dance-pop. On Problematique, though, Petras commits to cohesion. She wrote and recorded the French house-inspired dance record during the pandemic lockdown, when she longed to escape to a club in Paris.

The result: pure disco heaven.

<p>Steven Klein</p> Kim Petras' 'Problematique' album art

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Kim Petras' 'Problematique' album art

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Problematique is a return to form for Petras, whose tongue-in-cheek lyrics and camp delivery on the record harken back to her early singles and underrated 2019 album Clarity.

Throughout the euphoric set, the Grammy winner revisits her bratty, sugar baby persona, from poking fun at past brushes with controversy on the glittering title track, to sharing her affinity for shopping sprees and designer duds on "Treat Me Like a Ho" and "All She Wants," which sounds like "I Don't Want It At All" 2.0 with a feature from her longtime pal and collaborator Paris Hilton. Elsewhere, on "Born Again," she evokes pop queen Kylie Minogue as she recounts an intoxicating romance.

Petras will kick off her Feed the Beast World Tour in Austin on Sept. 27, and she's expected to perform fan-favorite hits, in addition to tracks off Feed the Beast and Problematique.

<p>Chris Polk/Shutterstock </p> Kim Petras performing with Paris Hilton in June

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Kim Petras performing with Paris Hilton in June

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"It's what I cooked up during lockdown. And during lockdown, all I wanted to do was to escape, so I made Problematique, which was this super Euro-pop, gay-pop explosion, which I adore and love and I've worked very hard on and I am very proud of," Petras told PEOPLE of the once-shelved album last year. "I hated that it leaked because it was never how I wanted people to hear it. But I'm happy that it did because it plays at parties and clubs and people love it. I love it, and it should be out there."

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