Charli XCX

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2 Aug, 1992
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Charlotte Emma Aitchison born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Birth

Charlotte Emma Aitchison is born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, to Shameera and Jon Aitchison. Her mother is Ugandan Indian and her father is of Scottish origin. Her father is a club promoter and books acts like Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Siouxsie Sioux. She attends Bishop’s Strotford College.

My dad always encouraged me to be weird. I never really knew what that meant, but I think he meant, be yourself rather than follow a trend.

2006
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Warehouse parties

Charli performs at warehouse raves, wearing dayglo and pigtails and rapping about about dinosaur sex, liking chocolate mousse, and telling lies. Her parents attend the first party dressed as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat:

That scene helped me become who I am today. But everybody in it is playing a game. It’s all about great outfits and glitter, being a name for a week and dropping off the face of the earth because you tragically died of a ketamine overdose in the bath.

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14

Charli releases the album 14 after borrowing money from her parents for studio time. She distributes several copies to friends and fans but it is never released commercially.

I’m aware that when I talk about this in interviews I could come across as some spoiled rich kid who had Daddy’s money … My family is average. I didn’t have a crazy life as a kid.

She promotes the music off the album at warehouse parties:

My mum was, like, standing next to people taking fuckloads of ketamine. Someone vomited on her shoes one time because they were in such a massive k-hole. And my mom looked after them.

Charli XCX – 14 (Full Album)

2008
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Signs with Atlantic Records

Hired

Charli XCX signs with Atlantic Records.

When I got signed to my label, I suggested that maybe I should change my name to Charli X-rated C*** X-rated: they were freaking out, like, who did we sign?

31 Dec, 2008
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MySpace releases

XCX releases music on MySpace, including the tracks I Want To Be Darth Vader and !Francescka!:

(I) would write music in my bedroom, putting stuff up on MySpace under the Charli XCX name.

▼Charli XCX- I Wanna Be Darth Vader▼ (HQ 1080p)

Apr 2011
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Stay Away

Charli releases the single Stay Away. On working with Rechtshaid on the track:

Ariel is a Napoleon Dynamite kind of figure. I’m kind of all over the place like, “We have to make it this! We have to make it that!,” getting all freaky weird excited. We’re quite chill in the studio.

Charli XCX – Stay Away

6 May, 2012
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I Love It

I Love It by Icona Pop featuring Charli is released. Charli on giving the song to the Swedish duo:

I knew it might go to number one, and I didn’t want to know, so I went to the cinema with my mum to see World War Z.

Icona Pop – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Jun 2012
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You’re The One EP

Charli releases the EP You’re The One.

I was like, “No, this is who I want to be. I don’t want to be a pop star. I want to be a nursery-rhyme star!” … When I first started I was just listening to Ed Banger stuff [French Electro Record Label]:  Uffie, Justice, Feadz. I wanted to white rap like Uffie. I still love Uffie. Then I started listening to other girls who rap like when Blondie raps in “Rapture.” I was like “Wow, this is pretty cool, too,” because they are basically pop songs, so I thought, “Cool, maybe I can do it a different way.”

12 Jun, 2012
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Heartbreaks And Earthquakes mixtape

Charli releases the Heartbreaks and Earthquakes mixtape featuring Blood Orange, Blood Diamonds, Paul White, Drake, Jai Paul, and Rudimental.

Jul 2012
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You’re The One

Charli releases the single You’re The One.

I like the whole laid-back rapping. I wish I could rap! I wish I could rap like Azealia Banks or Lil Wayne or someone like that… Twista. He’s super fast.

Charli XCX – You're the One [Official Video]

Oct 2012
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Synesthesia

Charli confirms she has a form of synesthesia. For example, she can see music as colors.

For me, I’m not a very technical person. I can’t sit at Logic and make a track and I don’t know the terminology to do that. So, when I’m in the studio, I’ll be like, “Make it sound more like an ocean. Make it sound like blue with sparkles and dolphins” … I feel like to me, dubstep is like, the colours green and yellow and brown.

10 Jan, 2013
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You (Ha Ha Ha)

Charli releases the single You (Ha Ha Ha). On the 80s and 90s influences in the sound:

I’ve never been a person who has trolled through new music to find new shit. I’m not that person

Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) [Official Video]

25 Jan, 2013
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Pitchfork interview

Interview

charli-xcx-pitchforkCharli gives an interview to Pitchfork about movies, her favorite cereal and opening for Coldplay:

I actually gave my lucky My Little Pony to Chris Martin when we finished touring together, which I regret.

Apr 2013
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True Romance

True Romance Charli XCXCharli releases the album True Romance.

I feel like throughout True Romance I was unsure of myself in terms of songwriting. Even though it was my voice, I feel there were a lot of other voices on that record, too. When I was growing up I was really worried about being cool. … Now I really don’t care what people think — I’ve made this album because it’s what comes naturally to me. I feel less afraid to say that now.

Sep 2013
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Superlove

Charli releases the single Superlove:

It’s about running away and falling in love, basically. It’s seen as a bit cheesy to celebrate love but I just wanted to do that with this song.

Charli XCX – SuperLove (Official Video)

Nov 2013
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Super Ultra mixtape

Charli releases the Super Ultra mixtape featuring Brooke Candy, J£zus Million, Art of Noise, Giraffage, Sinjin Hawke, Baths, Jackson, How To Dress Well, and Jakwob.

12 Dec, 2013
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Gave away song due to synesthesia

Charli says she allowed Icona Pop to release the song I Love It because she saw the song as a color she disliked. On synesthesia (a condition where some people can experience one sense as another, such as seeing sounds):

I haven’t been diagnosed with it but people mention it to me a lot.

Jan 2014
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Fancy

Island Records releases the single Fancy by Azalea featuring Charli. On the Clueless-inspired video:

When Iggy asked me to play Tai, I was like wow, that’s awesome … that video was crazy.

Iggy Azalea – Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX

2 Jun, 2014
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Boom Clap

Charli releases the single Boom Clap. The song is featured on the soundtrack for the film The Fault in Our Stars. 

I’ve had that song for about a year, I wrote it with Patrick Berger

The Fault In Our Stars – Charli XCX – Boom Clap

7 Jul, 2014
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Boom Clap – ASTR remix

Charli releases the ASTR remix for the single from Sucker and The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack.

 

 

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T Magazine interview

Interview

Charli gives an interview for New York Times T Magazine and talks about being compared to a young Madonna:

Madonna was someone who didn’t get put in a box. She changed and evolved. The second someone tries to put me in a box, I will do everything to rebel against that. One thing I don’t understand is how people want you to replicate your past successes. Being an artist should be about freedom and not just becoming one thing, because I think that’s terrible and boring.

11 Jul, 2014
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North American tour dates

Dates are announced for a 20-show Sucker tour, starting Sept. 26 in Orlando at The Social and finishing up in San Francisco at Slim’s on Oct. 25 after taking in New York, Montreal and Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, and other cities.

21 Aug, 2014
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Charli XCX interview

Interview

Seacrest interviews Charli XCX during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions her on why she almost put ghost sounds on her album Sucker. 

I was in Sweden in the countryside doing some recording for my record. There was this weird vibe in this house. It was actually this huge hotel we were staying in, kind of like The Shining. We had done some research and found out that there was a woman who had drowned herself in the lake outside the house when her husband had died in the 1900s. In this documentary, it said that she still lived in the house as a ghost. So we set up a microphone and left it recording all night and at about 5 or 6 a.m., we picked up this noise that was like, ‘Oooohhhhh.’ We pitched it up three octaves and it was a woman’s voice talking it was cool!

25 Aug, 2014
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Rolling Stone feature

Rolling Stone spends time with Charli as she prepares for the MTV Video Music Awards performance, including being made up and preparing for the 40-minute set where she will walk off the stage, down a red carpet and onto a podium where drummers are playing. Charli:

I think it’s going to be fine. All the girls I’m performing with look so dope. It’s going to be cool. I’m just worried about if I’m going to fall.

3 Sep, 2014
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New York Times interview

Interview

Charli talks about her growing mainstream appeal, creating a Justin Bieber shrine at art school, eating fried chicken for breakfast and making the new album.

Part of the stuff that I do, the V.M.A.s and the events, is definitely a circus. I don’t care about belonging to it, not at all.

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Clash cover

Magazine Cover

charli-xcx-Clash98_CoverCharli appears on the September cover and talks about writing Sucker in a hotel in Sweden, working with Rivers Cuomo and Rostam Batmanglij and whether she thinks the days are gone when sexism dictated the media profile of female pop stars:

I wish I could say yes, but I don’t think so. Maybe it is just a pop music thing, but I don’t feel like it’s changed. Now, more than ever, I get songs sent to me by people who think they should be writing my songs for me. In interviews, people are surprised when I say I wrote something myself. That is frustrating. They automatically assume I didn’t in the first place.

19 Sep, 2014
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MTV EMA nominations

Charli is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Push. MTV:

She’s fiercely committed to constantly evolving her sound so her music is never boring and predictable.

22 Sep, 2014
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Sucker delayed until Dec. 16

Charli announces that the release has been pushed back to Dec. 16 in the U.S. and Jan. 26 in the UK and Europe.

‘Boom Clap’ is still getting so much love all over the world, which is crazy, and it just makes sense, so I have proper time to focus on the album launch. The support I’ve received this year has been mind-blowing. As you know, I’ll also be supporting Katy Perry on her European arena tour in February!

25 Sep, 2014
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Sucker U.S. tour

Charli announces she is beginning the U.S. tour for the album. The tour is delayed from its original schedule so Charli could focus more on her album.

Boom Clap is still getting so much love all over the world, which is crazy, and it just makes sense, so I have proper time to focus on the album launch.

Oct 2014
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Nylon magazine

charli-xcx-nylonCharli talks about Sucker in the magazine’s October ‘It Girl’ issue:

It’s punk-inspired. It’s definitely still a pop album, but there are moments where it is raw and wild. I’m commenting on the music industry, the female body, and money, whereas before I mainly spoke about love. This record definitely feels better informed.

 

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DIY Magazine cover

Magazine Cover

Charli XCX DIY cover imageCharli features on the October issue’s cover and talks about private jets, VMA parties and top 10 singles:

I feel like an ice cube floating around in a sea of chill. It’s not something that interests me. I really do just want to be in the studio or on tour all the time, and everything else is just beginning to freak me out. I guess that’s what being a pop star is, you know?

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