Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), known professionally as Charli XCX, is a British singer and songwriter. She began her career performing at underground raves as a teenager, signing with Asylum Records in 2010.
Her breakthrough came in 2013 when the Icona Pop collaboration "I Love It" became an international sleeper hit, peaking at number-one in her native country. Charli's debut studio album, the dark pop-leaning True Romance, was released later that year to positive reviews. In 2014, she contributed the hook to "Fancy" by rapper Iggy Azalea, which finished the year as one of the best-selling singles worldwide. Charli received her first solo hit with "Boom Clap", from her second studio album Sucker. A departure in sound, the album marked punk and power pop influences, and produced her fourth UK top-ten "Doing It".Charli completed her third studio album in early 2016, though it suffered leaks and delays amid label frustrations. The BPI-certified singles "After the Afterparty" and "Boys" were released before the album was ultimately shelved. Charli moved towards "trippy, hypersaturated club music" as she began working with artists under the PC Music umbrella, releasing the EP Vroom Vroom (2016), mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2 (2017), and a series of one-off singles in 2018.
In addition to her own material, Charli has penned songs for a multitude of artists, including "Same Old Love" and "OctaHate". She has received two Grammy nominations for her work on "Fancy", and was named Best British Solo Artist by the NME Awards in 2016.
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