Famous (Charli XCX song)

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Charli XCX Famous Cover.png
Single by Charli XCX
from the album Sucker
Released 10 May 2015 (2015-05-10)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre New wave[1]
Length 3:51
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
Charli XCX singles chronology
"Drop That Kitty"
"After the Afterparty"

"Drop That Kitty"
"After the Afterparty"
Music video
"Famous" on YouTube

"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.[1]


"Famous" was released on 29 May 2015 as the fourth single from Charli's second major-label album, Sucker.[2] Remixes were contributed by RIVRS and Brenmar on Soundcloud and digital download.[3]

Music video[edit]

The video was first teased on 9 March 2015 on Charli's Twitter, saying, "get ur selfie stick ready @ericwareheim" along with a photo of the upcoming video.[4] A teaser video was released on 20 March 2015 on Charli's YouTube channel.[5] The music video for "Famous" was released for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards 3 days later, on 23 March 2015.[1] A behind the scenes was released the same day.[5] It was directed by Eric Wareheim.[1]

Caitlyn Carter of Music Times summarizes the video, saying, "You really need to watch it to understand". Chris DeVille of Stereogum praises the video and says, "Charli XCX’s video for the new wave banger “Famous” is part of the new slew of clips being released today as part of the YouTube Music Awards, and it’s a good one. [...] I definitely want to watch it again. The song’s great, too, but you already know that if you’ve been blasting Sucker for the past three months". Pitchfork Media named "Famous" the 19th best music video of 2015.[6]

Live performances[edit]

"Famous" was performed at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, amongst a medley with Drop That Kitty joined by Ty Dolla Sign and Tinashe on 12 April 2015.[7] Charli XCX also performed the song on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, as she was featured as the musical guest on 15 May 2015.[8]

Usage in media[edit]


  • # 5 - Top 10 best pop video of the year by TIME[10]
  • # 13 - Top 20 best music videos of the year by FACT
  • # 19 - Best music video of the year by Pitchfork

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[2]
  1. "Famous" — 3:51
  • Digital download – Remixes[11]
  1. "Famous" — 3:51
  2. "Famous" (Brenmar Remix) — 3:34
  3. "Famous" (RIVRS Remix) — 4:09


Chart (2015) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[12] 75
Scottish Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 88
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 176

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 10 May 2015 Contemporary hit radio Atlantic [15]
29 May 2015 Digital download [2]
Ireland [16]

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