Charli (album)

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Charli
A nude Charli XCX covered by ropes in front of a gray background
Studio album by
Released13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Genre
Length50:56
Label
Producer
Charli XCX chronology
Pop 2
(2017)
Charli
(2019)
Charli XCX studio album chronology
Sucker
(2014)
Charli
(2019)
Singles from Charli
  1. "1999"
    Released: 5 October 2018
  2. "Blame It on Your Love"
    Released: 15 May 2019
  3. "Gone"
    Released: 17 July 2019

Charli is the third studio album by English singer Charli XCX. It was released through Asylum and Atlantic Records UK on 13 September 2019.[4] Charli XCX's initial third studio album was planned for release in 2017, but was scrapped in its entirety following online leaks.[5]

The album will be supported by a world tour, beginning in Atlanta on 20 September 2019.[6] Charli was preceded by the singles "1999" with Troye Sivan, "Blame It on Your Love" featuring Lizzo, and "Gone" with Christine and the Queens. Charli was also promoted by the promotional singles "Cross You Out" featuring Sky Ferreira, "Warm" featuring Haim, "February 2017" featuring Clairo and Yaeji, and "2099" also featuring Sivan. Upon release, the album was met with postitive reviews with praise centered on the album's innovative production and songwriting.

Background[edit]

In 2017, Charli XCX was preparing to release her third studio album. However, a hacker was able to steal several demo tracks from her Google Drive and leaked them online. Fans gave the collection of leaks the unofficial title XCX World, though a title and track list was never finalized for the album. After the leaks, Charli XCX decided to scrap the entire project.[5]

Charli XCX revealed in June 2019 that her album would feature 15 tracks and 14 collaborations.[7] She also debuted "Gone" with Christine and the Queens at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on 30 May[8] and "2099" with Troye Sivan at the Go West Fest in Los Angeles on 6 June.[9] On 13 June, Charli XCX announced Charli and revealed the cover art, track list, and release date.[10]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single is a collaboration with Australian singer Troye Sivan, titled "1999". It was released on 8 October 2018, and its music video was released on 11 October 2018.[12] The album's second single is a reworked version of "Track 10", a song from Charli XCX's mixtape Pop 2 (2017), titled "Blame It on Your Love". It features American singer and rapper Lizzo, and was released on 15 May 2019. The album's third single, "Gone", is a collaboration with French singer and songwriter Christine and the Queens. It was released on 17 July 2019 alongside the track's music video.[13][14]

The first promotional single, "Cross You Out", features American singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira, and was released on 16 August 2019.[15] The second promotional single, "Warm", features American pop-rock band HAIM, and was released on 30 August 2019.[16] The third promotional single, "February 2017", features American singer-songwriter Clairo and Korean-American electronic music artist Yaeji, and was released on 6 September 2019.[17] The fourth and final promotional single, "2099", features Sivan and was released on 10 September 2019.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.7/10[18]
Metacritic81/100[19]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[20]
The Guardian4/5 stars[21]
The Line of Best Fit7/10[22]
NME4/5 stars[23]
Pitchfork7.8/10[24]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Skinny5/5 stars[25]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[26]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[27]

Upon its release, Charli received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Charli received an average score of 81 based on 20 reviews, indicating universal acclaim.[19] Hannah Mylrea of NME stated that Charli is "Bold, brash and brilliant, this is Charli XCX at her most genuine, and it's dazzling."[23] Neil McCormick of The Telegraph commented that "The sexy android cover and star-studded collaborations (including alternative icons Lizzo, Haim and Christine and the Queens) on her third album, Charli, suggest an all-guns-blazing pitch for blockbuster status. But the contents are far weirder than that implies. [...] Come the century's end, you can almost imagine future critics scratching their AI-augmented brains and still touting Charli XCX as the next big thing."[27] The Line of Best Fit gave the album the "Album of the Week" designation, with Claire Biddles adding that "Charli is almost there. Ultimately she's too gloriously messy and multitudinous to produce such a thing. Although she could often benefit from an editor, her process and vision doesn't adhere to the music industry's prioritisation of the album format – which feels right for an artist whose music could be read as an attempt to dissolve time itself."[22]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Next Level Charli"A. G. Cook2:37
2."Gone" (with Christine and the Queens)
  • Cook
  • Lotus IV
  • Ö
  • Baseck[a]
4:06
3."Cross You Out" (featuring Sky Ferreira)
  • Aitchison
  • Bao
  • Wiklund
  • Cook
  • Cook
  • Lotus IV
3:28
4."1999" (with Troye Sivan[b])Holter3:09
5."Click" (featuring Kim Petras and Tommy Cash)
  • Cook
  • umru
  • Brady
  • Ö[a]
3:53
6."Warm" (featuring Haim)Cook3:45
7."Thoughts"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
Cook3:11
8."Blame It on Your Love" (featuring Lizzo)
3:12
9."White Mercedes"
3:23
10."Silver Cross"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
Cook3:28
11."I Don't Wanna Know"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
Cook3:05
12."Official"
  • Aitchison
  • Bao
  • Patrik Berger
  • Keane
  • Cook
  • Cook
  • Keane
  • Berger
3:04
13."Shake It" (featuring Big Freedia, Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar)
  • Cook
  • Ö
4:35
14."February 2017" (featuring Clairo and Yaeji)
  • Planet 1999
  • Cook
2:33
15."2099" (featuring Troye Sivan)
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
  • Sivan
  • Petitfrère
  • Cook
  • Ö
3:25
Total length:50:56

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] On physical releases of Charli, "1999" credits Troye Sivan as a featured artist instead of a co-lead artist

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[29] 46
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[30] 86

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charli XCX's New Album Proves That She is an Avant-Pop Powerhouse". Status Magazine. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b Hermes, Will (12 September 2019). "Review: Charli XCX, with friends, maps pop's future on "Charli"". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ Herndon, Jessica (12 September 2019). "Charli XCX: Not Another Pop Statistic". Spin. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Charli [VINYL]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b Christopher Rosa (13 September 2019). "It's Charli XCX's Party—And Everyone Is Invited". Glamour. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Charli xcx". charli-the-album.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  7. ^ Magnocavallo, Fabio (12 June 2019). "Charli XCX Teases New Album With 14 Collaborations". Inquisitr. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ Moore, Sam (31 May 2019). "Watch Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens debut new collaboration 'Gone'". NME. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  9. ^ Aubrey, Elizabeth (9 June 2019). "Charli XCX says her new album is finished and teases its upcoming release date". NME. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  10. ^ @charli_xcx (13 June 2019). "angels, my new album 'Charli' is out September 13th. i am so proud of this music and i cannot wait for the world to hear it. pre order 'Charli' now and come and see my on my world tour!! 💓" (Tweet). Retrieved 14 June 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Brendan Wetmore (17 September 2019). "Charli XCX Dissects Her Album, Track by Track". Paper. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  12. ^ Hussein, Wandera (11 October 2018). "Charli XCX and Troye Sivan drop '1999' music video". The Fader. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  13. ^ "AUDIO & VIDEO FOR GONE FT @CHRISTINEANDTHEQUEENS DROPS NEXT WEDNESDAY. SPAM ME W FLAMES IN THE COMMENTS IF U WANT THIS SHIT!!!!!!! THIS MIGHT BE MY FAV MUSIC VIDEO EVER??! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 PIC BY @ANGELASTEPS 💖". 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019 – via Instagram.
  14. ^ Wetmore, Brendan (12 July 2019). "Everything You Should Know About Charli XCX's New Album". Paper. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  15. ^ Gwee, Karen (2019-08-16). "Charli XCX releases 'Cross You Out' featuring Sky Ferreira". NME]]. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  16. ^ @charli_xcx (26 August 2019). "BORED SO I'M GONNA DROP ANOTHER SONG FROM MY ALBUM ON FRIDAY. CC: @HAIMTHEBAND 😏💓 RT & GET READY!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 28 August 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Bloom, Madison (6 September 2019). "Charli XCX Enlists Clairo and Yaeji for New Song "February 2017": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Charli by Charli XCX reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Charli by Charli XCX". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  20. ^ Phares, Heather. "Charli XCX - Charli - AllMusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  21. ^ Snapes, Laura (13 September 2019). "Charli XCX: Charli review – a raw, rousing step towards superstardom". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  22. ^ a b Biddles, Claire (9 September 2019). "Charli XCX's new album is her boldest statement yet". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  23. ^ a b Hannah, Mylrea (12 September 2019). "Charli XCX – 'Charli' Review". NME. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  24. ^ Kim, Michelle (13 September 2019). "Charli XCX: Charli Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  25. ^ Davison, Bethany (10 September 2019). "Charli XCX - Charli". The Skinny. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  26. ^ Richmond, Anna (12 September 2019). "Review: Charli XCX Charts Her Own Path Forward with Charli". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  27. ^ a b McCormick, Neil (5 September 2019). "Charli XCX, Charli review: a futuristic pitch for blockbuster status". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  28. ^ "チャーリーXCX、最新アルバムの国内盤にはボートラ3曲が追加". Rolling Stone Japan (in Japanese). 7 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums: 2019/9/23". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  30. ^ "チャーリーXCX". Oricon. Retrieved September 18, 2019.

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