Influences and music style
The pop rock prodigy claims to draw inspiration from diverse sources including the likes of Lil Wayne, the Spice Girls, Quentin Tarantino and Kate Bush. Her eclectic music style combines elements of dark pop, electro pop, pop punk and indietronica. Charli cites various leading pop stars as her influence including Madonna, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.
Growing up in Hertfordshire, England, Charli began writing songs and playing music at an early age. While still a teenager she released two singles, recorded an album and began playing at parties and warehouse raves. Though her debut album was never commercially released, promotional copies were distributed and the album was sold at concerts.
The big break
In 2010 Charli XCX was able to make the big break when she was signed to Asylum Records. Working with the label she released two notable singles “Nuclear Seasons” and “Stay Away.” Both singles caught the attention of media featuring as “Best Tracks” on acclaimed music website, Pitchfork Media. The singles were followed by two mix tapes in 2012. Charli XCX gained further exposure when she performed as a supporting act for notable bands like Coldplay and Santigold.
Charli rocks the charts
In 2012 Charli collaborated with the famous Swedish pop duo Icona Pop. She contributed vocals and co-wrote on their single “I Love It.” The song became a breakthrough hit for both artists topping the UK singles chart and peaking at number seven on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart.
The following year saw Charli release her major label debut, True Romance. The album combines a wide array of pop culture influences into deeply personal yet catchy mix of songs. It featured thirteen songs including the infectious single “You (Ha Ha Ha)” and the R&B influenced “So Far Away.” The album became her first solo hit on the Billboard charts peaking at number five on the “Top Heatseekers” list. It also received favorable reviews from critics.
With the release of the single “SuperLove” in 2013, the pop star featured solo on the UK Singles Chart for the first time. The following year she collaborated with the Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on her hit single “Fancy.” The single topped the “Billboard Hot 100” becoming the first chart-topping number for both acts.
Charli continued her streak of success with another leading single “Boom Clap.” The single featured as the soundtrack of the romantic movie “The Fault in Our Stars.” Yet again Charli earned a slot on the “Billboard Hot 100” as the single peaked at number eight on the charts.
Tour history and live performances
Charli has headlined on two tours; the Girl Power North American Tour and the Charli and Jack Do America Tour. She has featured as supporting act for several leading artists as well including Ellie Goulding, Paramore, The Ting Tings and Katy Perry.
Judging by her talent and popularity, Charli XCX seems like a star destined for success. A true performer, Charli is famous for her all female backing band, charm and style, and crowd interaction at concerts. In 2015, she opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour and gained much acclaim. Charli XCX tickets will probably have a high demand as the singer/songwriter heads on her upcoming tour.