Thursday 2 July 2020
Futuristic pop star ready for Roskilde

She is a songwriter, producer and a visual artist, and she has become a respected force in the international pop sphere. She was born in Cambridge but she drinks her champagne in Los Angeles.

The name is Charli XCX, and she calls her fans her angels. The world is seeing more and more of them these days!

Straddling the most experimental and mainstream sides of pop with ease, Charli XCX is just as comfortable working with cutting-edge producers like SOPHIE as she is touring with the likes of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

As a songwriter and collaborator, she helped create some of the biggest pop singles of the 2010s, including Icona Pop's 2012 smash "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's 2014 chart-topping hit "Fancy" (she also features on this one).

This 27-year-old British pop star’s solo career started with the release of the debut album True Romance (2013). She has penned hit songs like “Boom Clap”, ”Break the Rules”, ”Doing It”, ”After the Afterparty” and ”Boys”.

In 2018, she teamed up with Youtube star Troye Sivan to create a viral hit with “1999” in which the couple fantasises about 90s nostalgia (watch the video and see if you can catch all the references). The tune was the lead single from Charli XCX’s almost-eponymous third album, Charli, which also contains earworms like “Blame It On Your Love” (featuring Lizzo) and “Gone” (featuring Christine and the Queens).

Many songs are full of confrontational vulnerability, and packed inside a booming, shimmering pop format, the messages only resound even louder.

Charli XCX’s unpredictable approach to experimental pop music is both testing the boundaries and looking towards the charts.