Over the course of her trailblazing career, Charli XCX has earned critical acclaim for her forward-thinking musical output and refreshing entrepreneurial spirit that has seen her carve her own lane on the global pop circuit. A singer, songwriter, video director, documentary maker, radio host and record label boss – there’s nothing the British 26-year-old can’t turn her hand to.
Charlotte Aitchison, aka Charli XCX, has become one of the hottest creators of her generation and is the multi-award-winning talent behind the multi-platinum and global No.1’s “Fancy” and “I Love It” and UK Top 10 “Boom Clap”.
In 2017, she bookended the year with her critically-acclaimed mixtapes ‘No. 1 Angel’ and ‘Pop 2’, featured on David Guetta and Afrojack’s global smash “Dirty Sexy Money” and released her standout summer crush anthem “Boys”.
2018 proved to be another stellar year. Following a series of tracks drops – ‘5 In The Morning’, ‘No Angel’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Girls Night Out’, – heralded mixtape shows, which she brought to the UK and Europe and a global support tour with Taylor Swift, XCX returned with her throwback UK Top 15 smash “1999” feat. Troye Sivan. The accompanying video, which sits at 26 million views, was co-produced by Charli and paid homage to standout cultural references from the year of 1999 throughout.
Now in 2019, Charli has promised a summer of new music and live shows across the world. Dropping her highly anticipated collaboration with Lizzo, ‘Blame It On Your Love’ was XCX’s first release of the year. Following her show-stopping performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, including a duet of ‘We Can’t Stop’ with Miley Cyrus, Charli released ‘Spicy’, a collaborative track with Diplo and Herve Pagez which reworks the Spice Girls classic ‘Wannabe’. Meanwhile XCX simultaneously debuted the undeniable track ‘Gone’ with Christine and the Queens live on stage at Primavera Sound Festival.
Charli 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 EMAs. Not to mention the studio time she’s commanded with the likes of Blondie, Selena Gomez [Charli co-wrote her U.S. No.1“Same Old Love”], Gwen Stefani, Benny Blanco, David Guetta, Zara Larsson, Khalid and Diplo.
Alongside her music projects, Charli has been a strong fixture within fashion. In May, Charli attended the Met Gala as a special guest of Anna Wintour and Vogue, followed by a performance at Cannes Film Festival for the amfAR Gala. With two albums under her belt – True Romance (2013) and SUCKER (2015) – Charli will release her third studio album Charli September 13th 2019.
To best understand Ioanna Gika and the world that she has created, it is best to shatter all that you know to be reality and toss on a druid robe as you embark on a personal journey of monastic sorcery. There is something witchy and transformative about her music which has been easily captivating to new audiences. The music bares something traditional while bridging into soft techno undertones that has created such a strong narrative for those who balance the moods of raving and meditating.
Her album Thalassa, released earlier this year, is an amalgamation of the conflicting feelings she had experienced while going through a break up as well as coping with familial sorrows. Taking refuge in Greece to write the album, the musician took to her Greek mother-tongue as well as English to construct her poems which were amplified through her vocals which evoke spirits of sirens songs. Hey lyrics have even been quoted by Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy in her best-selling book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness. These unified layers of complexities pared with previous collaborations with electronic maven and Grammy nominated TOKiMONSTA can be heard throughout as the album slips and slides through the varying emotional extremities.