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Charli XCX at the 2017 Grammy Awards
Charlotte Emma Aitchison

(1992-08-02) 2 August 1992 (age 26)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • music video director
  • record executive
Years active2007–present
Home town Start Hill, Essex, England
Awards Full list
Musical career
  • Vocals
Associated acts

Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), known professionally as Charli XCX, is an English singer, songwriter, music video director, and record executive. Born in Cambridge and raised in Start Hill, Essex, she began posting songs on MySpace in 2008, which led to her discovery by a promoter who invited her to perform at warehouse raves and parties. In 2010 she signed a recording contract with Asylum Records, releasing a series of singles and mixtapes throughout 2011 and 2012.

Cambridge City and non-metropolitan district in England

Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of London. At the United Kingdom Census 2011, its population was 123,867 including 24,506 students. Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although modern city status was not officially conferred until 1951.

Start Hill is a hamlet on the B1256 road, in the Uttlesford District, in the English county of Essex. It is near the town of Bishop's Stortford.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.


In 2013, Charli XCX rose to fame with the Icona Pop collaboration "I Love It", which became an international hit, reaching top 10 in North America and Europe. Her debut studio album, True Romance (2013), was released that year to critical acclaim, but failed to meet commercial expectations. In 2014, she contributed the hook to "Fancy" by rapper Iggy Azalea, which finished the year as one of the best-selling singles worldwide, and received her first solo hit with "Boom Clap" later that year. Her second studio album, the punk-influenced Sucker was released at the end of the year, and respectively produced the successful singles "Break the Rules" and "Doing It".

Icona Pop Swedish DJ duo

Icona Pop is a Swedish electropop duo that formed in 2009, with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences. The two members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, who grew up in Stockholm, create what has been described as music "you can both laugh and cry to at the same time". They signed to TEN Music Group in 2009. Their biggest hit to date has been "I Love It". Since September 2012, the duo have been based in the United States, in Los Angeles and New York City.

I Love It (Icona Pop song) song by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX

"I Love It" is a song by Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop featuring vocals from British recording artist Charli XCX. It was released in May 2012 as a digital download in Sweden, where it peaked at number two on the singles chart. The song was added to their debut studio album, Icona Pop, as well as their EP Iconic and their debut international album, This Is... Icona Pop.

<i>True Romance</i> (Charli XCX album) 2013 studio album by Charli XCX

True Romance is the debut studio album by English singer Charli XCX. It was released on 12 April 2013 by Asylum and Atlantic Records. Originally scheduled for release in April 2012, the album's release was delayed for a full year and had been in the making since early 2010 when Charli met with producer Ariel Rechtshaid in Los Angeles. To promote the album's release, Charli embarked on a three-date UK promotional tour in April 2013.

In 2015, she began working with artists in the British collective PC Music, as well as producer Sophie, developing a more experimental sound and image. While working on her third album, she released the Vroom Vroom EP in 2016 and the mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2 in 2017, as well as a series of singles including the BPI-certified "After the Afterparty", “Boys", and “1999”. Charli XCX’s third studio album, Charli, is due to be released on 13 September 2019 by Asylum and Atlantic Records.

PC Music UK-based record label and art collective

PC Music is a record label and art collective based in London and run by producer A. G. Cook. It was founded and made its first song available on SoundCloud in 2013. The label is known for its surreal or exaggerated take on pop music, often featuring pitch-shifted, feminine vocals and bright, synthetic textures. Artists on its roster include Hannah Diamond, Life Sim, and Danny L Harle.

Sophie (musician) Scottish singer-songwriter, record producer, and disc jockey

Sophie Xeon, known mononymously as Sophie, is a Scottish record producer, singer, songwriter, and DJ. Xeon is known for her synthesised and "hyperkinetic" take on pop music, and came to prominence with singles such as "Bipp" (2013) and "Lemonade" (2014). Her compilation Product was released in 2015, and the debut album Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides followed in 2018. The latter earned her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Xeon has worked closely with artists from the PC Music label, including A.G. Cook and GFOTY, and has produced for acts such as Madonna, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Let's Eat Grandma, Kim Petras, Flume and Namie Amuro.

<i>Vroom Vroom</i> (EP) 2016 EP by Charli XCX

Vroom Vroom is the second extended play (EP) by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released on 26 February 2016 by Vroom Vroom Recordings. It features production work from Scottish producer Sophie.

In addition to her solo work, Charli XCX has co-written songs for other artists, including: Iggy Azalea’s “Beg for It” (2014), Selena Gomez‘s “Same Old Love” (2015) and Blondie’s “Tonight” (2017).

Iggy Azalea Australian rapper and model from New South Wales

Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and music video director. At the age of 16, Azalea moved to the United States to pursue a career in music. Azalea earned public recognition after releasing the viral music videos for her songs "Pussy" and "Two Times" on YouTube. Azalea signed a recording contract with American rapper T.I.'s label Grand Hustle shortly afterwards and released her debut mixtape, Ignorant Art (2011).

Beg for It (song) Iggy Azalea song featuring MØ

"Beg for It" is a song by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, featuring Danish singer MØ. It was written by Azalea and Charli XCX. The song was released on 24 October 2014 as the lead single from the reissue of Azalea's debut studio album The New Classic (2014), titled Reclassified (2014). An initial live preview of the song in September 2014 resulted in widespread media speculation that it featured XCX as the sequel to "Fancy", XCX's previous collaboration with Azalea. However, it was later revealed that XCX wrote the track's hook for MØ, who Azalea discovered on YouTube. A pop-rap and electro-trap song, "Beg for It" contains a percolating, booming stark beat and solicits a sinuous, minimalist feel. Its lyrical content comprises themes of girl power and prominently figures the phrase "pussy power".

Selena Gomez American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer

Selena Marie Gomez is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received wider recognition for her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired for four seasons from 2007 until 2012. Gomez has also starred in the films Another Cinderella Story (2008), Princess Protection Program (2009), Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009), Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Getaway (2013) and The Fundamentals of Caring (2016). She voices the character of Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania film franchise, and serves as an executive producer of the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why.

Early life

Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992, in Cambridge, England. Her father, Jon Aitchison, is a Scottish entrepreneur and former show-booker, and her mother, Shameera, is a Gujarati Indian former nurse and flight attendant born and raised in Uganda. [1] Charli was raised in Start Hill, Essex, [2] [3] and attended Bishop's Stortford College in nearby Bishop's Stortford. [4] While her parents weren't very musical, she demonstrated an affinity for music from an early age, being interested in pop stars such as Spice Girls and Britney Spears. She began writing songs when she was fourteen years old, writing a song called "Fish and Chips Shop". [5] [6] [7]

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and Celtic ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

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The Gujarati people or Gujaratis are an ethnic group traditionally from Gujarat that speak Gujarati, an Indo-Aryan language. Gujaratis are prominent in entrepreneurship and business enterprise, and figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel played historic roles in the struggle against the British Raj for Indian independence. The founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah was also a Gujarati. In present times, the current Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani are also Gujarati.

At fourteen, she convinced her parents to grant her a loan to record her first album, 14, [8] [9] and in early 2008, began posting songs from the album, as well as numerous other demos, on her official MySpace page. This caught the attention of a promoter running numerous illegal warehouse raves and parties in east London, who invited her to perform. [10] [11] She was billed on flyers under the stage name Charli XCX, which was her MSN Messenger display name when she was younger. [lower-alpha 1] [12] Despite the illicit nature of the gigs, her parents were supportive of her career and attended several raves with her. [13] In late 2008, while 14 was never commercially released, [14] she released the two singles "!Franchesckaar!" and double A-side "Emelline"/"Art Bitch", under Orgy Music. [15] [16] She has since frequently expressed her distaste for her music of the time, going as far to call it "gimmicky dance tracks" and "fucking terrible MySpace music". [10] [17] At age eighteen, Charli moved to London to study for a fine art degree at UCL's Slade School of Fine Art but dropped out in her second year. [1]

Rave Dance party

A rave is an organized dance party at a nightclub, outdoor festival, warehouse, or other private property typically featuring performances by DJs, playing a seamless flow of electronic dance music. DJs at rave events play electronic dance music on vinyl, CDs and digital audio from a wide range of genres, including techno, hardcore, house, drum & bass, bassline, dubstep, New Beat and post-industrial. Occasionally live performers have been known to perform, in addition to other types of performance artists such as go-go dancers and fire dancers. The music is amplified with a large, powerful sound reinforcement system, typically with large subwoofers to produce a deep bass sound. The music is often accompanied by laser light shows, projected coloured images, visual effects and fog machines.

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2009–2013: Career beginnings and True Romance

In 2010, Charli XCX was signed to Asylum Records, however she describes herself afterwards as being "lost". In an interview with The Guardian, Charli XCX said "I was still in school, I'd just come out of this weird rave scene, and I wasn't really sure what to make of that. And when I got signed I hated pop music; I wanted to make bad rap music. I didn't know who I was. I didn't know what I liked. Even though I was signed, I was still figuring it out." [14] She eventually flew out to Los Angeles to meet with producers, and found it "wasn't working out for me" until she met with American producer Ariel Rechtshaid. They had a two-hour session and in that time wrote the song "Stay Away", and she stated that that's "when things started to come together". [18] [14] Early in 2011, she was featured on the Alex Metric single "End of the World". She left during the second year of her degree course at the Slade School of Fine Art to focus on her music career, [19] [20] and in May and November 2011, she released the singles "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons" respectively, and gained attention from music website Pitchfork Media, where she earned "Best New Track" accolades for both; the former was eventually named to the site's "Best Tracks of 2011" list. [21] [22] [23]

In addition to Rechtshaid, she began working with Swedish producer Patrik Berger. He sent her two beats, and she quickly wrote songs for each of them, one of which became "I Love It" and the other of which became "You're the One". [24] She stated that she didn't end up releasing "I Love It" herself because she could not reconcile it with her sound, [25] but in 2012, Swedish duo Icona Pop re-recorded the song and released it as a single featuring her vocals. The song became an international hit, hitting number 1 in Charli's home country and climbing to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. [26] [27] In June, she released "You're The One" as a single from her EP of the same name, [28] followed by her debut mixtape Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, a one-track file consisting of eight songs including a cover of the Blood Orange song "Champagne Coast" and Odd Future's remix of "You're the One". [29] [30] [31] In September, she released a video for "So Far Away", [32] and on Halloween, she released a new song called "Cloud Aura" featuring Brooke Candy, [33] followed by her second mixtape Super Ultra, released exclusively through her website in November. [34] [35] [36] In early 2013, she released "You (Ha Ha Ha)" and announced her debut album, [37] followed by "What I Like" in March. [38]

True Romance was released in April 2013. It peaked at number 85 on the UK Albums Chart, [39] at number five on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers, and at number 11 on the Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart. [40] The album was received well by music critics, earning a 76/100 on Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [41] In May, she released a song with Welsh singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamonds, called "Just Desserts", [42] followed by the video for "Take My Hand" later that month. [43]

2013–2015: Breakthrough and Sucker

Charli XCX performing in Detroit in 2014. Charli XCX 10 (15516089271).jpg
Charli XCX performing in Detroit in 2014.

Charli XCX began writing her second album in mid-2013, saying she initially wanted to go to India to record, but later deciding she wanted to record in France, she said: "Two months ago, I wanted to go to India and record it, and now I want to record it in France. So I feel like nothing is definite – like, I feel very all-over-the-place at the moment. But at the moment, my heart's set on going to France and recording it, but that was different two months ago, so who knows what's going to happen?" [44] Frustrated with the music industry, she ended up going to Sweden, isolating herself from her record label, and made a punk-inspired album over a month. Working on the album with Patrik Berger, they made it at a fast pace, saying that it is "not thought-about, everything really spontaneous [...] We don't think — it's like the first thing that comes out of my mouth is the cut on the record," [45] [46] however it was eventually scrapped for a more "pop"-oriented album. The album included a song called "Mow That Lawn", which was debuted live a year later at Ilosaarirock Festival in Finland. [47]

In late 2013, "SuperLove" was released as the lead single from the album, [48] and reached number sixty-two on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Charli's first solo entry on the chart. [49] In January 2014, she released a song called "Allergic to Love" on her SoundCloud. [50] While writing the album, she did further sessions with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend, production duo Stargate, John Hill, and a session with Dr. Luke which she said "wasn't for me”. In an interview with DIY magazine, she stated that she wrote the record for girls and wants them to feel "a sense of empowerment". [51] Charli explained in her tour diary with Replay Laserblast that the record's genre is still pop, but has "a very shouty, girl-power, girl-gang, Bow Wow Wow" feel to it at the same time. [52] She also said in an interview with Idolator that the album would be influenced by The Hives, Weezer, the Ramones and 1960s yé-yé music. [53] "SuperLove" was eventually scrapped from the album.

In early 2014, she was featured on Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's single "Fancy"; [54] the track topped the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both artists' first number-one single on the chart. [55] [56] Charli XCX expanded her portfolio of songwriting for other artists during this period, with credits on Azalea's 2014 single "Beg for It", Ryn Weaver's debut single "OctaHate", and material for acts including Sky Ferreira, Neon Jungle, Rihanna, and Gwen Stefani. [57] In mid-2014, Charli XCX contributed the song "Boom Clap" to the soundtrack of the film The Fault in Our Stars . "Boom Clap" peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 [58] and at number six in the UK, [59] and was certified platinum in Australia. [60] In an interview with Popjustice in June, she stated she had finished writing sessions and expected the album to be finished by the end of July. [46] In August, Sucker was announced to be released in October, along with the lead single "Break the Rules". She said the song came out about after she had made her punk album in Sweden, when she "came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop." She stated that the album was "obviously, [...] about not giving a fuck." [61] The album was pushed back the next month due to the success of "Boom Clap", [62] and was officially released in December 2014 in North America and February 2015 in Europe. It debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200, making it Charli's first album to enter the chart, [63] and number 15 on the UK Albums Chart. [64] The album's third single, "Doing It", featuring fellow British singer Rita Ora, was released in February, and peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. [65]

Charli XCX opened for Katy Perry on the European leg of her Prismatic World Tour in early 2015, headlined her own UK tour, and featured alongside R&B artist Tinashe on rapper Ty Dolla Sign's single "Drop That Kitty". [66] [67] In May 2015, Charli XCX released "Famous", as the fourth single taken from Sucker. [68] A music video was released in March, [69] and was ranked by Time and Pitchfork as the 5th and 19th best pop music video of the year, respectively. [70] [71] In July and August 2015, Charli XCX co-headlined a US tour with Jack Antonoff. [72] She announced on 21 August that, for "personal reasons", a planned second leg of the tour would not go ahead. [73]

2015–2018: Vroom Vroom, Number 1 Angel and Pop 2

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. [74] Scottish producer SOPHIE, along with BloodPop and Stargate, were confirmed to be involved in the album's production. In October 2015, she premiered new song "Vroom Vroom" on the Beats 1 Radio Show, then claiming it would be the first song released from her third studio album. On 23 February 2016, it was announced that she had set up a new experimental pop record label, Vroom Vroom Recordings, and that she would release an EP titled Vroom Vroom on 26 February 2016. The title song was officially released that day. [75] The second song released from the EP, titled "Trophy", received its first play on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show on that night. It was also announced that she would also host her own Beats 1 show fortnightly. [76] Vroom Vroom was produced mainly by SOPHIE as a teaser for her third studio album. [77] The avant-pop [78] EP marked a sharp shift in tone from her previous album, and was released to polarising reviews. A music video for the song "Vroom Vroom" was released on 22 April 2016 via Apple Music. [79]

Charli XCX performing at Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour in July 2018 Charli XCX July 2018.jpg
Charli XCX performing at Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour in July 2018

In July 2016, it was announced that British producer A.G. Cook, founder of record label PC Music, had signed on as Charli's creative director. [80] On 28 October 2016, the then lead single from her third album, "After the Afterparty", was released. [81] [82] [83] A music video was released two days later. [84] It charted at 29 in the UK Singles Chart, [85] and was certified silver by the BPI. [86] On 8 February 2017, she performed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , along with a new song titled "Bounce", featuring Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. [87] She said in an interview that month that her album was finished and to be released in September. [88] On 10 March 2017, Charli XCX released the mixtape, Number 1 Angel , which featured a line-up of all female guest appearances from , Raye, Starrah, Uffie, Abra, and Cupcakke and was produced largely by PC Music members including A.G. Cook, EasyFun as well as SOPHIE. [89]

On 17 March 2017, Mura Masa released his single "1 Night", which featured vocals from Charli XCX. [90] 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, 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. [91] [92] [93] On 6 August, Charli XCX performed at Lollapalooza music festival 2017. [94] [95] On August 20, 2017, the majority of Charli XCX's third studio album was leaked with the remainder of the tracks leaking in the following year. The leak of the album featuring the then-lead single "After the Afterparty" led to the album being cancelled and Charli deciding to remake an entirely new third studio album. [96]

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 . [97] On 15 March 2018, Charli XCX performed to promote her mixtape Pop 2 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. [98]

From May 2018, Charli XCX started performing on Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour as an opening act alongside Camila Cabello. [99] 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. [100] On 29 June, she released the singles "Focus" and "No Angel". [101] On 27 July, she released the single "Girls Night Out", which had previously been performed live and leaked in 2017. [102]

2018–present: Charli

On 5 October, Charli XCX released the single "1999" with South African-Australian artist Troye Sivan, as the lead single from her third album Charli . The single reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and became Charli XCX's tenth Top 40 single and also her first Top 15 single since 2015. [103] The music video for “1999” was released on 11 October which starred Charli XCX and Sivan and featured various references to 1990's pop culture. [104] Charli XCX was featured on ‘s album Forever Neverland with the song “If It’s Over”. [105]

On 16 May 2019, Charli XCX released the second single from Charli, "Blame It on Your Love", featuring American singer and rapper Lizzo. [106] The track was written in Los Angeles and produced by long standing collaborators Stargate with additional production by A. G. Cook and EasyFun. [107] Elements from "Blame It on Your Love" were taken from a previous release, "Track 10," from her 2017 mixtape Pop 2 . [108] On May 25, Charli XCX performed at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. She performed a new song from the album featuring Christine and the Queens titled "Gone" on May 30 at Primavera Sound in Barcelona. [109] Charli XCX collaborated with Diplo and Herve Pagez on the song “Spicy”. She also stated on Twitter that she has a song with Troye Sivan on her record, which marks the second collaboration between them after "1999". They performed it live for the first time on their own pride festival "Go West Fest" on 6 June at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. [110] According to the setlist, the song is called "2099". [111] On 7 June 2019, Charli XCX released a collaboration track titled "Dream Glow" with Jin, Jimin and Jungkook of the South Korean boy band BTS for the soundtrack to their upcoming Netmarble game, BTS World. [112]

Details of Charli were revealed on Amazon on 13 June 2019. [113] The album is scheduled for release on 13 September 2019, by Asylum and Atlantic Records. [114] The album has 15 tracks and also features collaborations with Troye Sivan, Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, Sky Ferreira, Kim Petras, Haim, Cupcakke, Brooke Candy, Pabllo Vittar, Big Freedia, Tommy Cash, Clairo, and Yaeji. [115] On 17 July 2019, Charli XCX released her second single from the album which was “Gone” featuring Christine and the Queens.


Musical style

Music critics have noted Charli XCX's music as mainly dance-pop, [116] [117] [118] electropop, [119] [120] and alternative pop. [121] Her early recordings were described as a blend of dark wave and witch house. [122] As her career progressed, she showcased several other musical styles such as gothic pop and synth-pop in her debut album, [123] [124] her second album was described as pop punk [125] containing elements of punk rock, new wave and power pop. [126] [127] [128] Her latest projects explored an avant-pop [129] [130] direction, Vroom Vroom contained elements of Eurodance, [131] meanwhile Number 1 Angel showed influences of trap, R&B, electropop, synth-pop and experimental pop. [132] [130] Charli XCX's voice has been compared to that of Gwen Stefani [133] and Marina and the Diamonds. [134]


Charli XCX's influences include Britney Spears, Shampoo, No Doubt, t.A.T.u., The Donnas, Bikini Kill, Martika, Belinda Carlisle, [135] The Cure, The Feminine Complex, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Donna Summer, [136] Marilyn Manson, [137] [138] Bread, the Spice Girls, All Saints, Uffie, Brooke Candy, Lil Wayne, [139] [140] [141] Kate Bush, Twin Peaks , [142] Paris Hilton, [143] Justice, Crystal Castles, Calvin Harris, [144] Björk, Quentin Tarantino and Siouxsie Sioux. [145] She has named singer Siouxsie Sioux as her "hero" [146] and Rihanna as her "favorite pop girl." [143] The Hives, Weezer, Ramones and 1960s yé-yé music all influenced her second album. [147] She has said that "the best artists are the ones who constantly change—Madonna, [David] Bowie" [148] and that her "dream collaboration would be with someone like Björk, Kate Bush, or even Dionne Warwick". [149]

Some of Charli XCX's favourite songs are Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love," [149] P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," Uffie's "Ricky," Bow Wow Wow's "Fools Rush In," Serge Gainsbourg's "Initials B.B.," The Cure's "Just Like Heaven," [150] Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind," [143] and the Britney Spears songs "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". [151]

Personal life

Charli XCX experiences sound-to-colour synaesthesia. She states, "I see music in colours. I love music that's black, pink, purple or red—but I hate music that's green, yellow or brown." [152] She considers herself a feminist and wrote her song "Body of My Own" as a feminist statement. [153] She also directed the 2015 documentary about gender equality, The F Word and Me, which premiered on BBC Three. [154]

Charli XCX divides her time between London and Los Angeles, California. [155]






Music videos

2016"I, U, US" [156] RAYE Director
2017"Boys" [157] Charli XCXDirector, herselfCo-directed with Sarah McColgan
"Phases" [158] ALMA & French Montana Director
"Dirty Sexy Money" [159] David Guetta & Afrojack featuring Charli XCX & French MontanaDirector, herselfCo-directed with Sarah McColgan
2019“Win”Nasty CherryDirector


2015The F-Word and Me [160] HerselfDocumentary film
2015Lost in the NorthHerselfShort film
2015 Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live [161] HerselfConcert film
2016 The Angry Birds Movie [162] Willow Voice role
2018 Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour HerselfConcert film
2019 UglyDolls KittyVoice role


2014 Saturday Night Live [163] HerselfMusical guest
2014 Major Lazer [164] Lady Vanessa Rothchild1 episode
2014 Late Show with David Letterman HerselfMusical guest
2015The Ride: Charli XCX [165] HerselfMain role
2015 The Graham Norton Show HerselfMusical guest
2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live! HerselfMusical guest
2017 Celebrity Juice Herself1 episode
2018 Lip Sync Battle Herself - Competitor1 episode
2018 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon HerselfMusical guest

Awards and nominations


  1. The XCX stands for "Kiss Charli Kiss"

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"You're the One" is a song by British singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released as her fifth single on 14 June 2012 exclusively in Australia under Warner Music, and the third single from her debut EP of the same name, and her major-label debut studio album True Romance (2013).

Charli XCX discography

English singer Charli XCX has released two studio albums, four mixtapes, two extended plays and 35 singles. In 2007, at the age of 14, Charli XCX began recording her debut album on a loan granted by her parents. Titled 14, after her age at the time, it received only a restricted public release. Two singles, "!Franchesckaar!" and double A-side "Emelline"/"Art Bitch", were released in late 2008 under Orgy Music. In June 2012, Charli XCX released her first original mixtape, titled Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, a one-track file consisting of eight songs. A second mixtape, titled Super Ultra, was released in November of the same year. Charli XCX's major-label debut studio album, True Romance, was released in April 2013, and peaked at number 85 on the UK Albums Chart. While failing to appear on any main album charts internationally, the album reached number five on the Heatseekers Albums chart in the United States and number 11 on the ARIA Hitseekers chart in Australia. The album spawned five singles—"Stay Away", "Nuclear Seasons", "You're the One", "You " and "What I Like".

SuperLove single by Charli XCX

"SuperLove" is a song by English singer Charli XCX, released as a single on 2 December 2013. Although the song was originally announced as the lead single from Charli's then-untitled second major-label studio album, it ultimately was not included on 2014's Sucker. The single reached number sixty-two on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Charli's first solo entry on the chart.

Fancy (Iggy Azalea song) 2014 single by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

"Fancy" is a song by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea featuring British singer Charli XCX, taken from the former's debut studio album, The New Classic (2014). It was released on 17 February 2014 by Def Jam Recordings as the fourth single from the album. "Fancy" was described as an electro-hop song. It was written by Azalea and XCX, composed and produced by production team the Invisible Men, alongside additional producers The Arcade. It was leaked under the title "Leave It" in December 2013.

Boom Clap 2014 single by Charli XCX

"Boom Clap" is a song by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released as the first single from the soundtrack album of The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and is also featured on XCX's second studio album, Sucker. There are two existing mixes of this song: the first and original one is heard in the film, the film's soundtrack, and the music video shot in Amsterdam; the second mix is heard on the music video shot in Japan and in Sucker.

<i>Sucker</i> (album) 2014 studio album by Charli XCX

Sucker is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX. It was released on 15 December 2014 by Asylum and Atlantic Records. The album was met with positive reviews from critics, praising its throwback style, and ended up being included on many year-end lists for best albums of 2014. Sucker spawned the singles "Boom Clap", "Break the Rules", "Doing It" and "Famous".

Hannah Diamond is a British singer, songwriter, photographer and visual artist based in London. Diamond has released six solo singles on the PC Music record label since 2013, and her single "Attachment" was called "bubblegum hyper reality" by Stereogum. Her music often develops an aesthetic of heavily produced cuteness in tension with sincerity. Diamond has been one of PC Music's more serious attempts to establish "a new kind of popstar".

Famous (Charli XCX song) single by Charli XCX

"Famous" is a song by English singer Charli XCX, released as the fourth single from her second studio album, Sucker (2014). A music video for the single was released 23 March 2015.

Noonie Bao Swedish singer and songwriter

Jonnali Mikaela Parmenius, better known by the stage name Noonie Bao, is a Swedish singer, songwriter and record producer. She has written songs for artists such as Katy Perry, Zara Larsson, Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, Zedd, Avicii, Kygo, David Guetta, Clean Bandit, Alesso and Carly Rae Jepsen.

<i>Number 1 Angel</i> 2017 mixtape by Charli XCX

Number 1 Angel is the third mixtape by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released on 10 March 2017 by Asylum Records. The mixtape contains ten tracks and was created in Los Angeles as a collaboration with producer A. G. Cook, the founder of PC Music. Several other producers associated with the label also contributed to the mixtape, including Sophie who previously produced Charli XCX's extended play Vroom Vroom.

"3AM " is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Charli XCX, written for her mixtape Number 1 Angel (2017). The song features Danish singer and songwriter MØ. The song received positive reviews from critics, with some considering it a highlight of the mixtape.

<i>Pop 2</i> (mixtape) 2017 mixtape by Charli XCX

Pop 2 is the fourth mixtape by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released on 15 December 2017 by Asylum Records. Executive produced by A.G. Cook of PC Music, sessions for the mixtape began just several months before its release and featured a wide variety of guest contributions. The project received acclaim from music critics, and was backed by the single "Out of My Head" featuring Alma and Tove Lo.

5 in the Morning 2018 single by Charli XCX

"5 in the Morning" is a single by English singer Charli XCX. It was released on 31 May 2018 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records UK as the first installment from a series of monthly single releases.

Focus / No Angel

"Focus" and "No Angel" are songs recorded by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX. They were released as a double single on 28 June 2018 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records UK as the second installment from a series of monthly single releases. Both of the songs were performed live prior to their release.

1999 (Charli XCX and Troye Sivan song) 2018 song by Charli XCX and Troye Sivan

"1999" is a song by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX featuring Australian singer Troye Sivan, released as the lead single from her third studio album Charli on 5 October 2018. The single cover was inspired by the 1999 film The Matrix. It follows several singles released earlier in 2018 by Charli XCX and Sivan's 2018 album Bloom. The track reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart dated 22 November 2018, becoming Charli XCX's tenth top 40 single and first top 15 single since 2015, as well as Sivan's fourth top 40 single and his first top 20 single.

Blame It on Your Love 2019 single by Charli XCX

"Blame It on Your Love" is a song by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX featuring American singer and rapper Lizzo. It was released on 15 May 2019 as the second single from Charli's upcoming third studio album, Charli, and soon after debuted on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac's "Hottest Record in the World". It is Charli XCX's first single since her 2018 collaboration with Troye Sivan, "1999". The single is a reworked version of the song, Track 10, released prior to "Blame It on Your Love"'s official release, having been the final and only unnamed track from Charli XCX's mixtape Pop 2 (2017). The music video was released on 13 June 2019.


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Preceded by
Nicki Minaj
Saturday Night Live musical guest
13 December 2014
Succeeded by
One Direction