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Charli XCX

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During the five years between Sucker and her self-titled official third album, Charli XCX was busier than ever exploring the different sides of her music. Not only did she found her own label, Vroom Vroom, she wrote songs for and collaborated with a who's who of pop music. She also released two mixtapes, Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, that reflected her mercurial talent -- and her connections to pop's underground and mainstream -- better than either True Romance or Sucker did. With Charli, she attempts to capture the spontaneity of those releases in a more polished format; more often than not, she succeeds. This is especially true of the collaborations that dominate the album's first half, where she's joined by some of pop's best and brightest. "Gone," which teams Charli with Christine and the Queens, is a standout that combines the crisp, double-jointed synth pop of Chris with Charli's flair for pop fantasies into a bold '80s fever dream tailor-made for dance-offs. On "Cross You Out," Charli recruits Sky Ferreira, who expertly adds some extra drama to its hyperreal heartache. The album's timeliest assist comes from Lizzo, whose irrepressible cameo on "Blame It on Your Love" helps distinguish it from the many other tropical and dancehall-inspired songs released in the late 2010s. However, it's Charli's two songs with Troye Sivan that establish the album's sound and vision. On "1999," the duo delivers an unabashedly nostalgic love song to pop's past, singing the praises of Britney and Michael over brittle synths that evoke Max Martin's heyday; later, they close the album with "2099," a darkly gleaming track that, thanks to the fractured production of PC Music's AG Cook, sounds like the landing of a spaceship -- or a time machine. Cook and other members of the PC Music collective ensure that Charli never becomes too straightforward, particularly on "Shake It," which features frantically sloshing and clanking tones that match the feverish energy of Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy, and Pabllo Vittar. In comparison to the album's numerous collaborations, Charli's solo tracks feel separate, and sound much lonelier. Though "Thoughts" and "I Don't Wanna Know" prioritize a mood of late-night regret over hooks, Charli saves two of the album's best songs -- the bittersweet "White Mercedes" and the tentatively hopeful "Official" -- for herself. While Charli gives equal time to her pop bona fides and her experimental leanings in a way similar to Number 1 Angel or Pop 2, it doesn't always join these facets of her music as effortlessly. In a way, its unevenness is only fitting for an artist as committed to blurring pop's artistic boundaries and connecting the dots between its past, present, and future as she is -- that she's this hard to pin down this far into her career is exactly what makes her a continually intriguing talent.
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1
Next Level Charli
00:02:37

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Charli Xcx, Lead Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mix Engineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

2
Gone Explicit
00:04:06

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - O, Producer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Nicolas Petitfrère, Writer - Noonie Bao, Writer - Linus Wiklund, Writer - Christine And The Queens, Vocals, MainArtist - Héloïse Létissier, Writer - Bastien Doremus, Engineer - Baseck, Additional Production - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Mixer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Lotus IV, Producer, Programmer - Niko Battistini, Mixer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

3
Cross You Out (feat. Sky Ferreira)
00:03:28

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Sky Ferreira, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Noonie Bao, Writer - Linus Wiklund, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mix Engineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Lotus IV, Producer, Programmer, Recording - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

4
1999
00:03:09

Peter Karlsson, Engineer, Production - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Oscar Holter, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Production, Programmer, Writer, Bass - Charli Xcx, Lead Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Brett McLaughlin, Writer - Noah Passovoy, Engineer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Noonie Bao, Writer - Troye Sivan, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Randy Merrill, Masterer - A.G. Cook, ExecutiveProducer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2018 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

5
Click (feat. Kim Petras and Tommy Cash) Explicit
00:03:53

Theron Thomas, Writer - Tommy Cash, Engineer, Writer, FeaturedArtist, VocalEngineer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - O, Producer, Programmer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Aaron Joseph, Engineer - Kim Petras, FeaturedArtist - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mixer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mixer - Dylan Brady, Producer, Writer, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer, Sound Effects (SFX) - Umru, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Vibes, Sequencer Synthesizer - Jaan Umru Rothenberg, Writer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

6
Warm (feat. HAIM)
00:03:45

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Haim, FeaturedArtist - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Danielle Haim, Writer - Alana Haim, Writer - Este Haim, Writer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, AssistantEngineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, AssistantEngineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

7
Thoughts Explicit
00:03:11

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mix Engineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

8
Blame It on Your Love (feat. Lizzo) Explicit
00:03:11

Tor Erik Hermansen, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Programmer, Synthesizer - Mikkel S Eriksen, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Programmer, Recorded by, Synthesizer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - StarGate, Producer, Arranger, Writer - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer - Finn Keane, Additional Production, Writer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Noonie Bao, Writer - Lizzo, Writer, FeaturedArtist - A.G. Cook, Additional Production, ExecutiveProducer - Sasha Sloan, Writer - Thomas Warren, Recorded by - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

9
White Mercedes
00:03:23

Happy Perez, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Nathan Perez, Writer - Ali Tamposi, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Chad Smith, Drums - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andrew Luftman, Studio Co-Ordinator Production - David Rodríguez, Engineer - David Silberstein, Studio Co-Ordinator Production - Andrew Watt, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Jeremy Levin, Studio Co-Ordinator Production - A.G. Cook, Additional Production, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Andrew Wotman, Writer - Sarah Shelton, Studio Co-Ordinator Production - Zvi Edelman, Studio Co-Ordinator Production - Drew Salamunovich, Studio Co-Ordinator Production - Samantha Corrie Schulman, Studio Co-Ordinator Production

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

10
Silver Cross
00:03:28

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Blake Mares, Engineer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mix Engineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

11
I Don't Wanna Know
00:03:05

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mixer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mixer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

12
Official
00:03:04

Patrik Berger, Producer, Programmer, Writer, Synthesizer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Finn Keane, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Writer - Gethin Pearson, Engineer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Noonie Bao, Backing Vocals, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mix Engineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

13
Shake It (feat. Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar) Explicit
00:04:35

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Rodrigo Gorky, Composer - Elizabeth Harris, Composer - Charlotte Aitchison, Composer - Nicolas Petitfrère, Composer - Ben Lorio, Engineer, Additional Vocal Recording Engineer - Big Freedia, FeaturedArtist - Brooke Candy, FeaturedArtist - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, AssistantEngineer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Maffalda, Composer - Alexander Guy Cook, Composer - Nömak, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Niko Battistini, AssistantEngineer - Suzannah Powell, Composer - Pablo Bispo, Composer - Zebu, Composer - CupcakKe, FeaturedArtist - Pabllo Vittar, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Arthur Marques, Composer - Oscar Schiller, Additional Vocal Recording Engineer - Freddie Ross Jr, Composer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

14
February 2017 (feat. Clairo and Yaeji)
00:02:33

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Charles Teiller, Writer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer - Alexandre Teiller, Writer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mixer - A.G. Cook, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mixer - Yaeji, FeaturedArtist - Clairo, FeaturedArtist - Claire Cottrill, Writer - Caroline Maurin, Writer - KATHERINE YAEJI LEE, Engineer, Writer - Planet 1999, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer - Caroline Beatrix, Writer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer - Christine Maurin, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

15
2099 (feat. Troye Sivan) Explicit
00:03:25

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - O, Producer, Programmer - Charli Xcx, Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Charlotte Aitchison, Writer - Nicolas Petitfrère, Writer - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Joe Burgess, Assistant Mixer - Troye Sivan, Writer, FeaturedArtist - A.G. Cook, Producer, Programmer, ExecutiveProducer - Alexander Guy Cook, Writer - Niko Battistini, Assistant Mixer - Sean Klein, Engineer - Kourosh Poursalehi, Engineer

© 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2019 Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK. A Warner Music Group Company.

Album Description

During the five years between Sucker and her self-titled official third album, Charli XCX was busier than ever exploring the different sides of her music. Not only did she found her own label, Vroom Vroom, she wrote songs for and collaborated with a who's who of pop music. She also released two mixtapes, Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, that reflected her mercurial talent -- and her connections to pop's underground and mainstream -- better than either True Romance or Sucker did. With Charli, she attempts to capture the spontaneity of those releases in a more polished format; more often than not, she succeeds. This is especially true of the collaborations that dominate the album's first half, where she's joined by some of pop's best and brightest. "Gone," which teams Charli with Christine and the Queens, is a standout that combines the crisp, double-jointed synth pop of Chris with Charli's flair for pop fantasies into a bold '80s fever dream tailor-made for dance-offs. On "Cross You Out," Charli recruits Sky Ferreira, who expertly adds some extra drama to its hyperreal heartache. The album's timeliest assist comes from Lizzo, whose irrepressible cameo on "Blame It on Your Love" helps distinguish it from the many other tropical and dancehall-inspired songs released in the late 2010s. However, it's Charli's two songs with Troye Sivan that establish the album's sound and vision. On "1999," the duo delivers an unabashedly nostalgic love song to pop's past, singing the praises of Britney and Michael over brittle synths that evoke Max Martin's heyday; later, they close the album with "2099," a darkly gleaming track that, thanks to the fractured production of PC Music's AG Cook, sounds like the landing of a spaceship -- or a time machine. Cook and other members of the PC Music collective ensure that Charli never becomes too straightforward, particularly on "Shake It," which features frantically sloshing and clanking tones that match the feverish energy of Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy, and Pabllo Vittar. In comparison to the album's numerous collaborations, Charli's solo tracks feel separate, and sound much lonelier. Though "Thoughts" and "I Don't Wanna Know" prioritize a mood of late-night regret over hooks, Charli saves two of the album's best songs -- the bittersweet "White Mercedes" and the tentatively hopeful "Official" -- for herself. While Charli gives equal time to her pop bona fides and her experimental leanings in a way similar to Number 1 Angel or Pop 2, it doesn't always join these facets of her music as effortlessly. In a way, its unevenness is only fitting for an artist as committed to blurring pop's artistic boundaries and connecting the dots between its past, present, and future as she is -- that she's this hard to pin down this far into her career is exactly what makes her a continually intriguing talent.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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