Actress Alicia Silverstone played Cher Horowitz in Amy Heckerling’s teen comedy Clueless, which premiered in 1995. It’s one of the greatest teen movies of all time, and when the soundtrack turned 20 I wrote about what made music such an integral part of the film. Cher remains Silverstone’s most iconic role, and though she’s … More »
“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »
Now here’s a pop posse cut I can get behind: “Bitches” is Tove Lo’s new single, and it features Charli XCX, ALMA, Icona Pop, and Elliphant. A version of the song originally appeared on the Swedish pop musician’s Blue Lips album last year, but this remix has the added benefit of its long string … More »
Now, after every single featured guest has either publicly apologized for or defended “Girls” in some way or form, the Rita Ora pop posse cut that just won’t go away has a music video to go along with it. Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha all get their time … More »
Charli XCX hasn’t put out any new music — minus a misguided guest spot on “Girls” — since she dropped Pop 2 back in December, though that mixtape is so good it’s kept us satiated for months. But she’s just released a new song called “5 In The Morning.” Charli debuted the … More »
“i am going to release a lot music this year. and a lot of videos. you’re gonna be so fucking sick of me. (Tagging Atlantic records so they KNOW it’s ON)”
– Charli XCX, Instagram
Following last month’s vinyl/cassette versions of her latest mixtapes, Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, Charli XCX has been keeping herself busy as an opening act for Taylor Swift®. She kicked off the tour earlier this month with a set that included new song “5 In the Morning,” a moody, trap-inflected banger that sees its official release today.
Produced by “Grammy-nominated multiplatinum songwriting and music production trio” The Invisible Men — who co-produced Iggy Azalea’s mega-hit “Fancy” (ft. Charli XCX) — the song is a sorta-but-not-really follow-up to Number 1 Angel track “3am (Pull Up),” which actually gets me a little worried that Charli is staying up later and later these days. But, like, the benefits of getting adequate sleep goes way beyond just boosting mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and so much more. It’s all about finding balance. I’m balanced af, to be honest.
Rita Ora faced a lot of criticism after releasing “Girls,” a pop posse cut that finds Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha singing about exploring their bisexuality: “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls/ Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.” Kehlani, MUNA’s Katie Gavin, and openly gay pop … More »
Bebe Rexha has weighed in on the “Girls” backlash. When Rita Ora announced her new single would feature Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha, “Girls” was shaping as a spectacular moment in pop. We’re talking about this generation’s answer to “Lady Marmalade,” a bona-fide hit and, just maybe, the Song of the Summer. But … More »
Last week, Rita Ora released the pop posse cut “Girls,” which featured Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha singing about how sometimes they want to kiss girls. Ora hyped up the song in interviews as this generation’s “Lady Marmalade,” and said it was modeled after one of her favorite songs, Katy Perry’s 2008 … More »