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FRESH: ‘Miss U’ – Charli XCX

Charli XCX releases new single “Miss U”.

New studio album “Charli” out 13th September.

by Christopher Smith

Iconic pop futurist Charli XCX has released her brand new track “Miss U”, featured on the soundtrack to the new series of the US teen drama series 13 Reasons Why (along with Daya’s “Keeping It In The Dark“) and is set to release her third studio album “Charli” on September 13th via Atlantic Records.

Prior to that, Charli XCX will team up with enigmatic pop artist Sky Ferreira on the new song “Cross You Out”. An emotive and vulnerable confessional materialized in an unflinching pop anthem, “Cross You Out” explores the personal transformation that occurs following the end of a turbulent relationship, and the complicated liberation within that. “Cross You Out” is the bold and hard-hitting track one would only expect from a Charli XCX + Sky Ferreira collaboration.

The art of collaboration is at the heart of this album, a verified savior of pop, Charli seamlessly binds musical genres from the vast pop spectrum. With Executive Production by Charli XCX and A. G. Cook, collaborators include Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, Haim, Troye Sivan, Brooke Candy, CupcakKe, Big Freedia, Sky Ferreira, Clairo and Yaeji. Charli teamed with AR makeup artist Ines Alpha to design her artworks with a goal of dismantling classic beauty ideals, a pairing which resulted in her striking album cover.

Multi-award-winning artist Charli XCX has accrued two Billboard Music Awards, a YouTube Music Award, two Sesac ‘Songwriter of the Year’ Awards, plus nominations at the Grammys, BRIT Awards and MTV EMA’s. As trailblazer behind the multi-platinum and global No.1’s “Fancy”, “I Love It” and the hit “Boom Clap”, Charli has also released the critically-acclaimed mixtapes “Number 1 Angel” and “Pop 2″ and released her prolific summer crush anthem “Boys” and “1999” featuring Troye Sivan. This year Charli attended the Met Gala as a special guest of Vogue, and performed for the amFAR Gala at the Cannes Film Festival.

The singer, songwriter and pop savant will kick off a transatlantic Charli LIVE tour on September 20th for an impressive 22 dates in the USA prior to 19 dates throughout Europe – with tickets selling out fast including sold-out shows in Austin, Chicago, Seattle, DC and New York!

“Charli” tracklisting:
1. “Next Level Charli”
2. “Gone” feat. Christine and the Queens
3. “Cross You Out” feat. Sky Ferreira
4. “1999” feat. Troye Sivan
5. “Click” feat. Kim Petras and Tommy Cash
6. “Warm” feat. HAIM
7. “Thoughts”
8. “Blame It On Your Love” feat. Lizzo
9. “White Mercedes”
10. “Silver Cross”
11. “I Don’t Wanna Know”
12. “Official”
13. “Shake It” feat. Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar
14. “February 2017” feat. Clairo and Yaeji
15. “2099” feat. Troye Sivan

Stay in touch with Charli XCX through her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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