Charli XCX charging ahead with sweet sound of Sucker
Grammy-nominated British sensation Charli XCX has somehow found a way to sing, play, and dance her way through the cluttered pop music landscape and come out with what Billboard touts as “a sound that is distinctly her own.” Rolling Stone says the U.K. singer “reinvents pop punk on her loud, fun ridiculously catchy new LP,” while SPIN proclaims, “This was the year Charli XCX became the star she always deserved to be ... the True Romance follow-up mixes Charli's punk-lite and poppier predilections—a vivid, pink-washed tantrum from a Ramones fan who tosses off hooks as easily as she ashes cigarettes. Three cheers for the newest British invasion,” raves the online music magazine.
The media hoopla is centered around the sophomore release from Charli XCX titled, Sucker. Both Rolling Stone and SPIN rank the Neon Gold/Atlantic Records project among each publication’s “Best Albums of the Year” lists. The album includes the Top 10 smash, ‘Boom Clap,’ and new single, ‘Break The Rules,’ which is currently No. 23 on the Mediabase Top 40 radio airplay chart. The London-based singer-songwriter recently performed both songs during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and American Music Awards.
‘Boom Clap’ is already a global hit scoring platinum sales certification, while peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track is also featured on the The Fault in Our Stars (Music from the Motion Picture) soundtrack, reaching the Top 10 in the U.K., Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Sucker caps what a label news release calls “an extraordinary 18 months for Charli XCX.”
Charli XCX is among the artists earning nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards to be presented in February. Her nods for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are the result of her featured role on Iggy Azalea's No. 1 hit ‘Fancy.’ The song marks Charli's second straight co-written summer smash, following her vocal on Icona Pop's double-platinum ‘I Love It,’ a 2012 single release that topped the UK Singles Chart and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Fancy’ spent seven consecutive weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 on its way to quadruple-platinum certification.
The artist born Charlotte Aitchison is already named SESAC's 2014 Songwriter of the Year, and she picked up Billboard's Hitmaker Award as part of the annual Billboard Women In Music Awards. Charli XCX has made several live performances alongside Iggy Azalea, including 2014 appearances on the mtvU Woodie Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the season finale of Dancing With The Stars. The current media onslaught is further highlighted by a number of additional high-profile TV appearances including Saturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman, and the TODAY show.
Charli’s seemingly non-stop touring schedule during the past two years has poised her as a sold out headlining star as well as in support slots alongside artists such as Coldplay and Ellie Goulding. She is currently touring Jingle Ball events in major U.S. cities including Madison Square Garden in New York City (Dec. 12), Boston (Dec. 14), Washington, DC (Dec. 15), Chicago (Dec. 18), Miami (Dec. 21) and Tampa (Dec. 22). She launches 2015 tour dates with Katy Perry in Spain (Feb. 16), continuing on as special guest on the ‘Roar’ singer’s Prismatic Tour through Mar. 20 in Norway. Charli XCX embarks on a solo headlining trek Mar. 24 – Apr. 2 in the United Kingdom.
Watch the official music video for ‘Break The Rules,’ the second single from Sucker, the sophomore release from British pop singer Charli XCX.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Charli XCX was born Charlotte Emma Aitchison on Aug. 2, 1992, in Cambridge, England. She began making music while growing up in Hertfordshire, England. releasing a pair of singles in 2008 titled, ‘Emelline/Art Bitch’ and ‘!Franchesckaar!.’
* Charli XCX mixes influences and inspirations as diverse as the Spice Girls, Kate Bush, Lil Wayne, Quentin Tarantino, and Twin Peaks into “moody-yet-catchy synth pop” further described as “neon goth.” She recorded an unreleased album titled 14 that was distributed at local concerts.
* In 2011, Charli released a wave of new material, including the singles ‘Stay Away’ and ‘Nuclear Seasons.’ Her first original mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, arrived in May 2012 and was followed by her U.S. debut EP, You're the One, and the mixtape, Super Ultra.
* She scored her first big hit in 2012 by co-writing and appearing on the Icona Pop single ‘I Love It.’ The single "You (Ha Ha Ha)" arrived in 2013 shortly before Charli’s full-length Atlantic Records debut, True Romance. The album earned some of the year’s “most rapturous reviews” from Billboard, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and many others.
* The widespread media attention surrounding Charli XCX includes cover features in Billboard, Complex, NYLON, Seventeen, and others. The New York Times praises Charli's “furious, catchy, electronic dance-pop songs about being a woman scorned,” Idolator hails her as “freakishly energetic” and “unique,” and Urban Outfitters simply calls her “badass.”