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Origin: Start Hill, Essex, England
Genres: Pop punk, indietronica, synthpunk, dark pop, electropop, witch house, synth pop, electronic
Years active: 2008–present
Labels: Asylum, Atlantic, Iamsound Vroom, Vroom Orgy Music, This Is Music, IAMSOUND
Height: 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
Age: 25 years and 6 months
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Father – Her dad is Scottish
Mother – Her mom is Indian from Uganda
Initially performing at warehouse raves in London, she signed to Asylum Records in 2010 and released two mixtapes in 2012, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and Super Ultra. In April 2013, XCX released her major label debut album, True Romance; it contained a number of singles which were previously released, including “Nuclear Seasons”, released in 2011, and “You’re the One”, released under Warner Music in 2012.
Later, XCX provided lead vocals on two number one singles, Icona Pop’s “I Love It” (2013) and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (2014), both of which she co-wrote. Her 2014 single “Boom Clap” from the soundtrack album of The Fault in Our Stars became a top ten single around the world. It also preceded the release of her second album, Sucker, which featured the singles “Break the Rules”, “Doing It” and “Famous”.
In 2016, she released the extended play Vroom Vroom and the track “After the Afterparty”, the original lead single from her upcoming third full-length studio album. In 2017, she released the mixtape Number 1 Angel and the official lead single “Boys”, which became her seventh UK Top 40. Later that year, she released the mixtape Pop 2.
Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992 in Cambridge, the daughter of a Scottish father, Jon Aitchison, and a Gujarati Indian mother, Shameera, who is originally from Uganda. Her father is an entrepreneur and former show-booker, while her mother is a former nurse and flight attendant. Aitchison grew up in Start Hill, Essex, and attended Bishop’s Stortford College in nearby Bishop’s Stortford, though she left the school in 2010. She also studied at UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art in London, but left during the second year of her degree course.
2008–12: Early performances and recordings
Aitchison started writing songs when she was 14 years old and began recording an 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.] Aitchison was billed on flyers under the stage name Charli XCX, her MSN Messenger display name when she was younger. Despite the illicit nature of the gigs, her parents were supportive of her career and attended several raves with her. She released two singles, “!Franchesckaar!” and double A-side “Emelline”/”Art Bitch”, in late 2008 under Orgy Music. The album she recorded at this time, 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. After being signed to Asylum Records in 2010, she took a break from music in what she describes as a “lost” period.
Early in 2011, Alex Metric released the single “End of the World” which featured her vocals. When the song appeared on BBC’s Radio One, her age, success and relative obscurity were regularly marveled. 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. The singles 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. In May 2012, Charli XCX released her first mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, a one-track file consisting of eight songs. She supported Santigold and Coldplay on tour during that year. Her second original mixtape, Super Ultra, was released exclusively through her website in November 2012.
2012–13: Breakthrough and True Romance
Charli XCX 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 after her newfound relationship with Joey Tuzak. The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart after its appearance in an early 2013 episode of the television show Girls, eventually climbing to number seven on the chart. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. Charli XCX’s own single “You’re the One” was released in mid 2012 and was named among the 20 Best Songs of 2012 by Billboard. The succeeding single, “You (Ha Ha Ha)”, was listed in Spin magazine and in Consequence of Sound as one of the best songs of 2013.
Charli XCX’s debut studio album, True Romance, was released in April 2013, following the single, “What I Like”. This is what 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.” It peaked at number 85 on the UK Albums Chart, at number five on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers, and at number 11 on the Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart. 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”.
2013–15: International success and Sucker
Charli XCX began work on her second album in mid-2013. Later that year she released the single “SuperLove”, which became her first solo chart entry on the UK Singles Chart, at number 62.
In early 2014, she was featured on Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy”; the track topped the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both artists’ first number-one single on the chart. 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. 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 and at number six in the UK, and was certified platinum in Australia. “Boom Clap” was included on Charli XCX’s second 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 “Doing It” (featuring fellow British singer Rita Ora) peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. 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”. In May 2015, Charli XCX released “Famous”, as the fourth single taken from Sucker; months later, Time ranked “Famous” the 5th best pop music video of the year. In July and August 2015, Charli XCX co-headlined a US tour with Jack Antonoff. She announced on 21 August that, for “personal reasons”, a planned second leg of the tour would not go ahead.
2015–present: Vroom Vroom EP, Number 1 Angel, Pop 2 and third studio album
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. British producer Sophie was confirmed to be involved in the album’s production, along with other producers, BloodPop and Stargate. In February 2016, Charli XCX released an extended play titled Vroom Vroom in collaboration with Sophie as a teaser for her third studio album. Charli XCX also hosted her own radio show on Beats 1 that premiered fortnightly. She wrote the songs “Gravity” and “Tonight”, which appeared on Blondie’s Pollinator album (released in 2017).
On 28 October 2016, “After the Afterparty” was released as the intended lead single for her upcoming album, but the song was later excluded from the final release. On 10 March 2017, Charli XCX released the mixtape, Number 1 Angel, which featured a line-up of all female guest appearances from MØ, Raye, Starrah, Uffie, Abra, and Cupcakke. The mixtape was largely a collaboration with producer A. G. Cook, her creative director. On 17 March 2017, Mura Masa released his single “1 Night”, which featured vocals from Charli XCX.
On 26 July 2017, Charli XCX released “Boys” as the official lead single from her upcoming album, along with a self-directed music video featuring an ensemble cast of male celebrities, including Joe Jonas and Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco 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. On 6 August, Charli XCX performed at Lollapalooza music festival 2017.
The Number 1 Angel follow-up mixtape, Pop 2, was released on 15 December 2017, featuring collaborations from Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, ALMA, Caroline Polachek, Brooke Candy, Cupcakke, Pabllo Vittar, Dorian Electra, Mykki Blanco, Tommy Cash, Kim Petras, Jay Park and MØ.
Style and influences
Music critics have noted Charli XCX’s music as mainly dance pop, electropop, and alternative pop. Her early recordings were described as a blend of dark wave and witch house. As her career progressed, she showcased several other musical styles such as gothic pop and synth-pop in her debut album, her second album was described as pop punk containing elements of punk rock, new wave and power pop. Her latest projects explored an avant pop direction, Vroom Vroom contained elements of eurodance, meanwhile Number 1 Angel shown influences of trap, hip hop, R&B, electropop, synth-pop and experimental pop.
Charli XCX’s influences include Crim3s, Salem, Gvcci Hvcci, No Doubt, t.A.T.u., The Donnas, David Bowie, Martika, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Donna Summer, Marilyn Manson, Bread, Lil Wayne, Kate Bush, Twin Peaks, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Björk and Siouxsie Sioux. She cited The Hives, Weezer, Ramones and 1960s yé-yé music as some influences for her second album.
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.” She considers herself a feminist and wrote her song “Body of My Own” as a feminist statement. She also directed the 2015 documentary about gender equality, The F Word And Me, which premiered on BBC Three.
Best Known For
Her singles such as “I Love It”, “Fancy” (Iggy Azalea song), “Boom Clap” and others.
Charli XCX released her debut album 14 in 2008 via Orgy Music. It didn’t chart anywhere. The album consisted of 14 singles, which gave it a total length of about 51 minutes.
First TV Show
In 2014, she guest appeared in late-night live television sketch comedy Saturday Night Live as herself in an episode titled “Martin Freeman / Charli XCX.”
Charli XCX Favorite Things
Food – Fried chicken, sushi
Chocolate – Bournville dark chocolate
Animal – Snow Tiger
Fragrance – Daisy by Marc Jacobs (because the bottle looks good), Victoria’s Secret body sprays (as these are light), Burberry Brit fragrance
Dog Breed – French bulldog
Yogurt – She doesn’t like yoghurt
Fruit – Kiwi
Charli XCX Facts
Charlotte was born in Cambridge, but raised in Bishop’s Stortford, East Hertfordshire.
At 14, she started songwriting.
“The Big Bang Theory” is her least favorite television show.
She prefers cats over dogs.
She likes to purchase her pants from Urban Outfitters.
In the morning, she is generally chubby (because her face swells up at night), moany and grizzly.
She sees music in different colors because she has a form of synesthesia. So, she does not like music which is in yellow, green or brown color, but likes music in black, pink, purple or red colors.
According to her, Friday is the best day of the week and Tuesday, the worst.
She never gets her haircut. In her younger days, her mom used to get her haircut. But, now, it does not happen.
She once received Versace sunglasses for free. But, lost them 2 hours later.
She is not good in Chemistry subject in school.
She first got to know about s*x at the age of 10 or 12 and her dad told her so.
She is not at cooking. In fact, she is the worst cook in her family.
Charli XCX is her stage name. She first used this at the age of 15, while signing with one of her early labels. Actually, “Charli XCX” is her MSN Messenger screen name, and she told the label to use this name to put on flyers, and banners.
Charli XCX got musical inspiration from Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kate Bush, Mariah Carey, and Spice Girls.