The universe has been expanding for approximately 13.8 billion years, and ever since the advent of recorded sound, popular music has followed suit. New galaxies of sound are constantly springing up and spreading out, intermingling and morphing and exploding. An adventurous music fan is never bored. Yet this past decade the pop mainstream has exhibited … More »
“Next Level” Charli XCX is just around the corner, with her beautifully-titled third album, Charli. Are you prepared? What will you do September 13 when she drops the album and you haven’t adequately prepped yourself to deal with the emotional consequences? Do you have the physical stamina to handle 15 bangers in a row? What system will you have in place should your body respond negatively to too much good music? Or, who knows, what if it’s TERRIBLE, to the point that even your Charli-stan friend Sam think it sucks?!
Thankfully, Charli’s easing us in — first up was “1999,” second was “Blame It On Your Love.” Today, we have the third ease-in, titled “Gone,” which features a guest spot from Christine and the Queens (a.k.a. Chris a.k.a. Héloïse Adelaide Letissier). From Charli (baby):
THIS SONG IS ABOUT FEELING ISOLATED AND ALONE IN CROWDED ROOMS, THE FEELINGS OF ANXIETY AND LEARNING TO BE COMFORTABLE WITH WHO YOU TRULY ARE. ITS ABOUT BREAKING DOWN AND BREAKING FREE
Check out the video for “Gone” above, even if it’s just to find out why Charli called it her “most favorite video” she’s ever made.
It’s been the better part of a decade since Charli XCX’s last full-length release, but according to the electro-pop sensation’s Instagram, her most personal LP is set for release September 13, followed by North American and international tours. Entitled Charli, the impending album features a chromatic assortment of supporting talent through names like Big Freedia, and Christine and the Queens. According to XCX, the eponymous, 15-track album will explore exceptionally intimate themes and experiences held by the artist since her 2014 LP, Sucker.
The album’s latest single, “Blame It On Your Love,” featuring near overnight songstress sensation, Lizzo, maintains the summer anthem allure that rendered her earlier hits like “Boom Clap” just so juicy, but also shows a glimpse of a new, unapologetically expressive side to the pop star’s sonic identity. A boisterous drop makes for a beat that’s not only destined for radio play, but is more than capable of turning a dancefloor inside out.
Charli XCX North American Summer Tour (Dates)
09/20 Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
09/21 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
09/23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
09/24 Emo’s, Austin, TX
09/25 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
09/27 The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
09/28 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
10/1 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
10/2, Fox, San Francisco, CA
10/4 Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
10/5 Commodore, Vancouver, BC
10/6 Roseland, Portland, OR
10/8 Union, Salt Lake City, UT
10/9 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
10/11 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
10/14 Rebel, Toronto, ON
10/1 Corona, Montreal, QB
10/17 House of Blues, Boston, MA
10/18 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
10/19 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
10/22 Terminal 5, New York, NY
Charli XCX Global Tour Dates (Dates)
0/27 Galvanisers, Glasgow – UK
10/28 O2 Institute, Birmingham – UK
10/30 Albert Hall, Manchester – UK
10/31 O2 Academy Brixton – UK
11/04 Berns, Stockholm – Sweden
11/05 Sentrum Scene, Olso – Norway
11/07 Vega, Copenhagen – Denmark
11/09 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin – Germany
11/10 Docks, Hamburg – Germany
11/12 Stodola, Warsaw – Poland
11/14 Roxy, Prague – Czech Republic
11/15 Live Music Hall, Cologne – Germany
11/17 Transbordeur, Lyon – France
11/18 Fabrique, Milan – Italy
11/20 Sala La Riviera, Madrid – Spain
11/22 Razzmatazz Room 2, Barcelona – Spain
11/24 Den Atelier, Luxembourg – Luxembourg
11/25 Paradiso, Amsterdam – Netherlands
11/26 AB Main Hall, Brussels – Belgium
11/28 Izvestia Hall, Moscow – Russia
Well, angels, it’s later this month!
And this one’s for you. The first proper album since 2014’s Sucker has a name!
It’s Charli. It’s Charli, baby!
15 tracks and 14 features, from 1999 to 2099, it’s Charli! In her announcement she thanks A.G. Cook, and even her typographer! All of which, as far as we’re concerned, makes her literally the best popstar.
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Angels, I am so so so happy to announce that my new album, Charli is out September 13th. You can pre order it now and I will also be going on tour to perform it for you (all info link in bio). This album is my most personal, which is why I decided to call it by my name. I’ve put as many of my emotions, my thoughts, my feelings and my experiences with relationships into these 15 songs and I am so proud of them. Those of you who have been with me on my journey as an artist, i know you have waited for a new album from me for a long time, and I really hope Charli is all you can imagine and more. I cry when I listen to it – and I also wanna party when I listen to it so I KNOW ITS GOOD. Charli was executive produced by myself and @agcook404 and features the following artists: Christine and the Queens, Sky Ferreira, Troye Sivan, Kim Petras, Tommy Cash, HAIM, Lizzo, Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy, Pabllo Vittar, Clairo and Yaeji. To all of you, I thank you for lending me your voices, your talent, your charisma and your art. This album would be nothing without you all, and I can’t wait for people to hear what we’ve created. To every producer – this applies to you too. To @agcook404 – thank you for everything. You helped me discover my voice as an artist and a person and I am so happy I get to constantly make music with you. I think this is our best yet. To the angels – I love you and thank you for constantly believing in me. This one is for you.
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The album is out September 13 on Atlantic, and Charli XCX will also be touring the cosmos in support herself right around then, too.
It’s Charli, baby:
01. Next Level Charli
02. Gone [ft. Christine and the Queens]
03. Cross You Out [ft. Sky Ferreira]
04. 1999 [ft. Troye Sivan]
05. Click [ft. Kim Petras and Tommy Cash]
06. Warm [ft. HAIM]
08. Blame It on Your Love [ft. Lizzo]
09. White Mercedes
10. Silver Cross
11. I Don’t Wanna Know
13. Shake It [ft. Big Freedia, cupcakKe, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar]
14. February 2017 [ft. Clairo and Yaeji]
15. 2099 [ft. Troye Sivan]
If you’ve been keeping up with Charli XCX on social media, you’ll already know that work on her third studio album is finally done. Over the last few days, she’s been hyping it up with some truly heartracing hyperbole. One of the most recent: “Omg I just listened to my album in the … More »
“You have no idea how fucking hard it is to just release a free fucking mixtape in 2017.”
– Charli XCX
I feel that. I’ve been trying to release my own mixtape for years, but it’s almost like no one wants to hear chopped-and-screwed musique concrète! Not the case with Charli XCX, though. Coming off two TMT-approved mixtapes since 2014’s Sucker, Charli has finally — FINALLY — confirmed the release of her third studio album (of chopped-and-screwed musique concrète?). The announcement came via social media, of course: “THINKIN BOUT THE FACT THAT I’M GONNA MAKE A MASSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS MONTH *cough cough* it’s about my ALBUM (which i’ve finished). r u ready?”
So, yes, she hasn’t unveiled the title yet, and yes, we don’t have a firm release date. But with four and a half years of frustrating setbacks and a shit-ton of one-off singles/guest appearances — the most recent being her collabo with BTS — we’d expect nothing less than drama and excitement surrounding a new Charli album.
“I didn’t go small on this, I really went all in,” said Charli XCX to NME. “Maybe too in, so I really wanna prep people. Since the mixtapes, I’ve really wanted to push my sound and push pop as far as it can go. I feel really proud of the music that I’ve made, so I really want the songs to have as much of a moment individually as possible. There are definitely lots of more experimental moments. I’ve been working with some really great producers from A. G. Cook to Nömak, who is really incredible at sound design.”
Sounds pretty, pretty, pretty cool. Let’s do this, Charli.
Charli XCX just released a new song with K-pop heavyweights BTS, but she’s not done yet. Last night at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, Charli and Troye Sivan threw the inaugural Go West Fest, an event that was set to take advantage of Pride Month with a queer-heavy lineup. Both of them performed … More »
Charli XCX may have started out her career as an internet-beloved weirdo-pop auteur, and she may still stop back in to do that job from time to time. But Charli also has a rich history of making big, down-the-middle pop moves. After all, she opened a whole Taylor Swift stadium tour and sang the hook … More »
Charli season is upon us. Charli XCX has been teasing the follow-up to 2017’s Pop 2 project for a while now, releasing one-off singles like her Troye Sivan-assisted hit “1999” last year and her Diplo-produced Spice Girls cover this morning. A few weeks ago, Charli shared her Lizzo collab, … More »