Charli XCX

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Charli XCX
Charli XCX 2014 .jpg
Charli XCX in 2014
Background information
Birth name Charlotte Emma Aitchison
Born (1992-08-02) 2 August 1992 (age 22)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts Iggy Azalea
Website www.charlixcxmusic.com

Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter.

Charli released her debut single independently in 2008 and initially performed at warehouse raves in London. She signed to Asylum Records in 2010 and released two mixtapes, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and Super Ultra, in 2012. Charli's major label debut album, True Romance, was released in 2013, accompanied by singles including "You (Ha Ha Ha)" and "Nuclear Seasons".

She rose to international prominence during 2013 and 2014 through featuring on two major hit singles: Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy". Her 2014 single "Boom Clap" became a top ten hit in various countries and preceded the release of her second album, Sucker, which also features the singles "Break the Rules", "Doing It", and "Famous".

Early life[edit]

Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England,[1] to a Scottish father and an Indian mother from Uganda. She grew up in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire[2][3] and attended Bishop's Stortford College, but left the school in 2010.[4] Aitchison studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, but left during the second year of her degree course.[5] She started writing songs when she was 14 years old.[6][7]

Career[edit]

2008–12: Early performances and recordings[edit]

At the age of 14, Aitchison began recording her debut album on a loan granted by her parents. In early 2008, she 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.[8][9] Aitchison was billed on flyers under the stage name Charli XCX, her MSN Messenger screen name when she was younger.[10] Despite the illicit nature of the gigs, her parents were supportive of her career and attended several raves with her.[11] She released two singles, "!Franchesckaar!" and double A-side "Emelline"/"Art Bitch", in late 2008 under Orgy Music. Her debut album, 14 (which features the former single), was never commercially released, although several promotional copies were issued and copies were given away at her earliest gigs.[12][not in citation given] After being signed to Asylum Records in 2010, she took a break from music in what she describes as a "lost" period.[13]

In May 2011, she released the single "Stay Away", followed by "Nuclear Seasons" in November; both tracks were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and released exclusively in the United Kingdom. These singles gained attention from music website Pitchfork Media, where she gained Best New Track accolades for both tracks, with the former being ranked on their Best Tracks of 2011 list.[14] In May 2012, Charli released her first mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, a one-track file consisting of eight songs.[15] She supported Santigold and Coldplay on tour during that year.[16] Her second original mixtape, Super Ultra, was released exclusively through her website in November 2012.[17]

2012–13: True Romance[edit]

Charli performing at Positivus Festival 2013

Charli co-wrote and contributed vocals to the 2012 single "I Love It", which was recorded by Swedish pop duo Icona Pop and became a breakthrough hit for both acts in 2013.[18] The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart after its January 2013 appearance in an episode of the television show Girls,[19] eventually climbing to number seven on the chart.[20] It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Charli's second studio album (and major label debut), True Romance, was released in April 2013, following the singles "You're the One" and "You (Ha Ha Ha)". She said of the album: "Every corner of my own romantic history is explored on this record, so for me, it's very raw, it's very honest, and it's very true."[21] It peaked at number 85 on the UK Albums Chart,[22] at number five on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers, and at number 11 on the Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart.[23] True Romance 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".[24]

2013–present: Sucker[edit]

Charli XCX in 2015.

Charli began work on her third album in June 2013.[25] In December 2013, she released the single "SuperLove", which became her first solo chart entry on the UK Singles Chart, at number 62.[26] In February 2014, she was featured on Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's song "Fancy".[27] "Fancy" topped the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both artists' first number-one single on the chart.[28][29]

In May 2014, Charli 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[30] and at number six in the UK,[26] and was certified platinum in Australia.[31] "Boom Clap" was included on Charli's third album, Sucker, which was released in December 2014 in North America and February 2015 in Europe. The subsequent single, "Break the Rules", charted within the top 10 in Australia and Germany and Austria, and "Doing It" (featuring fellow British singer Rita Ora) peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. Charli opened for Katy Perry on the European leg of her Prismatic World Tour in February and March 2015.[32]

Style and influences[edit]

Charli's music draws from multiple genres: pop punk,[33][34] dark pop,[35] electropop,[36] indietronica[37] and witch house.[35] Charli mentioned Debbie Harry and Eminem amongst her influences,[38] adding that "the best artists are the ones who constantly change—Madonna, [David] Bowie".[39] XCX's music has been compared to the music of the 1980s with "the spookiness of Siouxsie Sioux" or "flawless early-Madonna".[40] When she mentioned influences, she reached for names like "Björk, Siouxsie Sioux and Quentin Tarantino",[41] and named "Siouxsie Sioux as her hero".[42] She said that her "dream collaboration would be with someone like Björk, Kate Bush, or even Dionne Warwick".[38] She cited Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" as one of her favourite songs.[38] Her other influences include Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne,[43][44] Spice Girls, Uffie, Brooke Candy and Lil Wayne.[45][46][47] For her third solo album project, she listed The Hives, Weezer and Ramones as influences.[48]

Charli 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."[49] Charli considers herself a feminist,[50] and wrote her song "Body of My Own" as a "feminist statement."[51]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself Musical guest; Episode: "Martin Freeman/Charli XCX"
Never Mind The Buzzcocks Musical guest; Episode: "Rob Beckett, Grace Chatto, Phil Daniels and Charli XCX"
2015 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Musical guest; Episode: "Phillip Schofield, Romesh Ranganathan, Billie Piper and Charli XCX"

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Charli performing at the MTV Video Music Awards' "Artist to Watch" concert in 2014

As lead artist[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Love Song "Boom Clap" Nominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize Popjustice £20 Music Prize
MTV Video Music Awards Artist to Watch Herself
MTV Europe Music Awards Best New Act
Best Push Act
NewNowNext Awards Best New Musician
Billboard Women in Music Hitmaker of the Year Won
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist Nominated
Brit Awards British Video "Boom Clap"
iHeartRadio Music Awards Renegade (Special Category) Herself
Radio Disney Music Awards Best New Artist Won
mtvU Woodie Awards Woodie of the Year (Artist of the Year) Nominated
Cover Woodie (Best Cover Song) "Shake It Off"
YouTube Music Awards 50 greatest artists and YouTube performances Herself Won

As featured artist[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Single: Group "I Love It" (with Icona Pop) Nominated
2014 Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Song
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics
SESAC Pop Awards Songwriter of the Year Won
Song of the Year
Much Music Video Awards International Video of the Year – Artist "Fancy" (with Iggy Azalea) Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Song
World's Best Video
Billboard Mid-Year Music Award Favorite No. 1 Hot 100 Song Won
Best Music Video
MTV Video Music Awards Video of The Year Nominated
Best Female Video
Best Art Direction
Best Pop Video
ARIA Award Song of the Year
Capricho Awards Hit International
Best International Clip
2015 Grammy Awards Record of the Year
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Collaboration
NME Award Dancefloor Filler Won
Kids Choice Awards Favourite Song of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot 100 Song
Top Streaming Song
Top Rap Song Won

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