Charli XCX

Charli XCX (born 2 August 1992) is a British singer and songwriter. She began her career performing at underground raves as a teenager, signing with Asylum Records in 2010.

Her breakthrough came in 2013 when the Icona Pop collaboration “I Love It” became an international sleeper hit, peaking at number-one in her native country. Charli’s debut studio album, the dark pop-leaning True Romance, was released later that year to positive reviews. In 2014, she contributed the hook to “Fancy” by rapper Iggy Azalea, which finished the year as one of the best-selling singles worldwide. Charli received her first solo hit with “Boom Clap”, from her second studio album Sucker. A departure in sound, the album marked punk and power pop influences, and produced her fourth UK top-ten “Doing It”.

Charli completed her third studio album in early 2016, though it suffered leaks and delays amid label frustrations. The BPI-certified singles “After the Afterparty” and “Boys” were released before the album was ultimately shelved. Charli moved towards “trippy, hypersaturated club music” as she began working with artists under the PC Music umbrella, releasing the EP Vroom Vroom (2016), mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2 (2017), and a series of one-off singles in 2018.

In addition to her own material, Charli has penned songs for a multitude of artists, including “Same Old Love” and “OctaHate”. She has received two Grammy nominations for her work on “Fancy”, and was named Best British Solo Artist by the NME Awards in 2016.

In June 2015, Charli XCX appeared as a guest vocalist on Italian producer Giorgio Moroder’s single “Diamonds”, from the album Déjà Vu. In a July 2015 interview, Charli XCX said that she was working on her third album and described it as “the most pop thing, and the most electronic thing” she had ever done. British producer Sophie was confirmed to be involved in the album’s production, along with other producers, BloodPop and Stargate. In February 2016, Charli XCX released an extended play titled Vroom Vroom in collaboration with Sophie as a teaser for her third studio album. Charli XCX also hosted her own radio show on Beats 1 that premiered fortnightly. She wrote the songs “Gravity” and “Tonight”, which appeared on Blondie’s album Pollinator (released in 2017).

On 28 October 2016, “After the Afterparty” was released. On 10 March 2017, Charli XCX released the mixtape, Number 1 Angel, which featured a line-up of all female guest appearances from MØ, Raye, Starrah, Uffie, Abra, and Cupcakke. The mixtape was largely a collaboration with producer A. G. Cook, her creative director. On 17 March 2017, Mura Masa released his single “1 Night”, which featured vocals from Charli XCX.

On 26 July 2017, Charli XCX released “Boys”, along with a self-directed music video featuring an ensemble cast of male celebrities, including Joe Jonas and Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco, among others; it peaked at number 2 on the Top 25 YouTube list on 27 July, receiving almost two millions views in under 24 hours. On 6 August, Charli XCX performed at Lollapalooza music festival 2017.On 25 August 2017, Charli XCX performed at Leeds Festival.

The Number 1 Angel follow-up mixtape, Pop 2, was released on 15 December 2017, featuring collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, ALMA, Caroline Polachek, Brooke Candy, Cupcakke, Pabllo Vittar, Dorian Electra, Mykki Blanco, Tommy Cash, Kim Petras, Jay Park and MØ.[55] On 15 March 2018, Charli XCX performed to promote her album Pop 2 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

From May 2018, Charli XCX started performing on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour as an opening act. Since then, she released several singles. On 31 May, she released “5 in the Morning,” which was debuted on the first date of Swift’s tour. On 29 June, she released the singles “Focus” and “No Angel”.On 27 July, she released the single “Girls Night Out,” which had previously been performed live and leaked in 2017. On 5 October, she released the single “1999” with South African-Australian artist Troye Sivan.


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