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Charli XCX

Who Is Charli XCX?

Charli XCX is an English singer and songwriter. Born on August 2, 1992, her full name is Charlotte Emma Aitchison. Known for her experimental and modern take on pop music, Charli XCX became a worldwide sensation following her collaboration with Icona Pop in the hit single “I Love It”. The singer released her first album called True Romance in 2013 which failed to perform well commercially. Her collaboration with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on the best-selling song Fancy received two Grammy nominations. Likewise, her song Boom Clap for the film The Fault in Our Stars became her first solo top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Quick facts

Birth nameCharlotte Emma Aitchison
Known asCharli XCX
BirthdayAugust 2, 1992
Age29 years old
Sun signLeo
Place of birthCambridge, England
EducationBishop’s Stortford College
UCL Slade School of Fine Art

Early life, upbringing, and education

Charli XCX was born in Cambridge, England. Her father’s name is Jon Aitchison who is a Scottish entrepreneur. Her mother’s name is Shameera who is a former nurse and flight attendant. Charli attended Bishop’s Stortford College and ever since she was a little girl, she was interested in music. She began songwriting at the age of 14 and was even able to convince her parents to loan her some money to help her record her first album. Charli joined UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art to get her degree in fine art but she dropped out in her second year.

Charli XCX career

Charli XCX’s musical career started when she began posting songs on her Myspace page. This caught the attention of a promoter who invited her to perform at some raves and parties in East London. In 2008, Charli released two singles called “!Franchesckaar!” and double A-side “Emelline”/”Art Bitch”, under Orgy Music.

In 2010, Charli XCX got signed to Asylum Records. The following year,  she released her singles “Stay Away” and “Nuclear Seasons”. She wrote two songs with producer Patrik Berger including the international hit “I Love It”. Charli herself did not release the song but it was in fact, Swedish duo Icona Pop who re-recorded the song, used Charli’s vocals in it, and released the song as a single. The song was able to reach the number 7 position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. 

In 2014, Charli collaborated with Iggy Azalea. Their song “Fancy” secured the number 1 position in  US Billboard Hot 100 and it ended up becoming both her and Azalea’s first number-one single on the chart. 

In 2015, Charli XCX started working with the UK collective PC Music and released the Vroom Vroom EP in 2016.  Her third studio album Charli was released in 2019 and her fourth studio album How I’m Feeling was released in 2020. Both these albums were appreciated by critics and were able to gain good commercial success as well. 

The singer posted a TikTok post in March 2021 where she revealed that she is working on her next studio album. In addition, she mentioned that this album will be her final album with Atlantic Records. 

Relationships and dating history

Charli XCX was previously in a relationship with filmmaker Ryan Andrews. In 2019, Charli began dating Huck Kwong. Charli and Huck have been friends since 2012 and they had dated before in 2014 as well.  

Charli XCX social media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charli_xcx/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charli_xcx

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@charlixcx

Charli XCX albums

Studio albums:

TitleDetails
True RomanceReleased: 12 April 2013
Label: Asylum, Atlantic
Formats: CD, LP, digital download
SuckerReleased: 15 December 2014
Label: Asylum, Atlantic
Formats: CD, LP, digital download
CharliReleased: 13 September 2019
Label: Atlantic
Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
How I’m Feeling NowReleased: 15 May 2020
Label: Atlantic
Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming

Live albums:

TitleAlbum details
Live from AustinReleased: 10 July 2020
Label: Warner, Asylum
Format: Digital download, streaming

DJ mix albums:

TitleAlbum details
Boiler Room: Charli XCX, How I’m Feeling Now, May 2020 (DJ Mix)Released: 25 September 2020
Label: Warner, Asylum
Format: Digital download, streaming

Mixtapes:

TitleDetails
Heartbreaks and EarthquakesReleased: 12 June 2012
Format: Digital download
Super UltraReleased: 7 November 2012
Format: Digital download
Number 1 AngelReleased: 10 March 2017
Formats: Digital download, LP, cassette
Label: Asylum
Pop 2Released: 15 December 2017
Formats: Digital download, LP, cassette
Label: Asylum

Extended plays:

TitleDetails
iTunes Festival: London 2012Released: 10 September 2012
Format: Digital download
Label: Warner
Spotify SessionsReleased: 5 June 2015
Format: Streaming
Label: Atlantic
Vroom VroomReleased: 26 February 2016
Format: Digital download, LP
Label: Vroom Vroom

Singles

As lead artist:

TitleYearAlbums
“!Franchesckaar!”200814
“Emelline” / “Art Bitch”2008Non-album single
“Stay Away”2011True Romance
“End of the World”
(with Alex Metric)
2011Open Your Eyes
“Nuclear Seasons”2011True Romance
“You’re the One”2012True Romance
“You (Ha Ha Ha)”2013True Romance
“What I Like”2013True Romance
“SuperLove”2013Non-album single
“Boom Clap”2014Sucker
“Break the Rules”2014Sucker
“Doing It”
(featuring Rita Ora)
2015Sucker
“Famous”2015Sucker
“After the Afterparty”
(featuring Lil Yachty)
2016Non-album singles
“Boys”2017Non-album singles
“Out of My Head”
(featuring Tove Lo and Alma)
2017Pop 2
“5 in the Morning”2018Non-album singles
“Focus”2018Non-album singles
“No Angel”2018Non-album singles
“Girls Night Out”2018Non-album singles
“1999”
(with Troye Sivan)
2018Charli
“Blame It on Your Love”
(featuring Lizzo)
2019Charli
“Dream Glow”
(with BTS)
2019BTS World: Original Soundtrack
“Gone”
(with Christine and the Queens)
2019Charli
“Flash Pose”
(with Pabllo Vittar)
2019111
“Click (No Boys Remix)”
(featuring Kim Petras and Slayyyter)
2019Charli
“White Mercedes”2019Charli
“Bricks”
(with Tommy Genesis)
2019Non-album single
“Forever”2020How I’m Feeling Now
“Claws”2020How I’m Feeling Now
“I Finally Understand”2020How I’m Feeling Now
“Charger” (Charli XCX Rework)
(with ELIO)
2021The Remixes
“Spinning”
(with No Rome and The 1975)
2021TBA
“Xcxoplex”
(with A. G. Cook)
2021Apple vs. 7G (Silver Edition)

Charli XCX filmography:

Music videos:

YearSongArtist(s)Role
2016“I, U, US”RayeDirector
2017“Boys”Charli XCXDirector, herself
2017“Phases”Alma & French MontanaDirector
2017“Dirty Sexy Money”David Guetta & Afrojack featuring Charli XCX & French MontanaDirector, herself
2019“Win”Nasty CherryDirector
2019“1999”Charli XCX featuring Troye SivanDirector, herself
2020“Malibu” (At Home Edition)Kim PetrasHerself
2021“From The Back of a Cab”RostamHerself

Films:

YearTitleRole
2015The F-Word and MeHerself
2015Lost in the NorthHerself
2015The 1989 World Tour LiveHerself
2016The Angry Birds MovieWillow (Voice)
2018Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium TourHerself
2019UglyDollsKitty (Voice)
2021Alone TogetherHerself

Television:

YearTitleRole
2014Saturday Night LiveHerself
2014Major LazerLady Vanessa Rothchild
2014Late Show with David LettermanHerself
2015The Ride: Charli XCXHerself
2015The Graham Norton ShowHerself
2015Jimmy Kimmel Live!Herself
2017Celebrity JuiceHerself
2018Lip Sync BattleHerself
2018The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonHerself
2019I’m with the Band: Nasty CherryHerself
2021RuPaul’s Drag Race All StarsGuest Judge

Charli XCX awards and nominations:

AwardNominee(s)CategoryStatus
AMFT Awards (2020)“Claws”Best Dance RecordingWon
ARIA Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Song of the YearNominated
ASCAP Pop Music Awards (2020)“Señorita”Award-Winning SongWon
Attitude Awards (2017)HerselfBest Music ActWon
Billboard Music Awards (2014)“I Love It” (with Icona Pop)Top Dance/Electronic SongNominated
Billboard Music Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Top Hot 100 SongNominated
Billboard Music Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Top Streaming Song (Audio)Nominated
Billboard Music Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Top Rap SongWon
Billboard Women in Music (2014)HerselfHitmaker of the YearWon
Billboard.com Mid-Year Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Favorite No. 1 Hot 100 SongWon
Billboard.com Mid-Year Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best Music VideoWon
Brit Awards (2015)“Boom Clap”British VideoEliminated
Brit Awards (2020)HerselfBritish Female Solo ArtistNominated
Capricho Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best International HitNominated
Capricho Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best International VideoNominated
City of Hope’s 11th Annual Songs of Hope (2016)HerselfVanguard AwardWon
GAFFA Awards (Sweden) (2019)HerselfBest International Solo ArtistNominated
GAFFA Awards (Sweden) (2019)“1999” (with Troye Sivan)Best International HitNominated
GAFFA Awards (Sweden) (2021)HerselfBest International Solo ArtistNominated
GAFFA Awards (Sweden) (2019)How I’m Feeling NowBest International AlbumNominated
GQ Awards (2019)HerselfWoman Of The YearWon
Gay Times Honours 500 (2019)HerselfAllyship in MusicWon
Grammy Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Record of the YearNominated
Grammy Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best Pop Duo/Group PerformanceNominated
International Dance Music Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best Rap/Hip-Hop/Trap Dance TrackNominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards (2014)“I Love It” (with Icona Pop)Best LyricsNominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards (2015)HerselfRenegadeNominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Song of the YearNominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best CollaborationNominated
Kids Choice Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Favorite SongNominated
Mercury Prize (2020)How I’m Feeling NowAlbum of the YearNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards (2014)HerselfBest New ActNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards (2014)HerselfBest Push ActNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards (2015 & 2018)HerselfBest World Stage PerformanceNominated
MTV Italian Music Awards (2015)HerselfBest New ArtistNominated
MTV Video Music Awards (2014)“Boom Clap”Best New ArtistNominated
MTV Video Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Video of the YearNominated
MTV Video Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best Female VideoNominated
MTV Video Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best Art DirectionNominated
MTV Video Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best Pop VideoNominated
mtvU Woodie Awards (2012)HerselfBreaking WoodieNominated
mtvU Woodie Awards (2015)HerselfWoodie of the YearNominated
mtvU Woodie Awards (2015)“Shake It Off”Cover WoodieNominated
Much Music Video Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)International Video of the Year – ArtistNominated
Musikförläggarnas Pris (2015)“Boom Clap”Best SongNominated
NME Awards (2015)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Dancefloor FillerWon
NME Awards (2016)HerselfBest British Female ArtistWon
NME Awards (2017)HerselfBest British Solo ArtistNominated
NME Awards (2017)“After the Afterparty”Best TrackNominated
NME Awards (2018)“Boys”Best TrackWon
NME Awards (2018)“Boys”Best VideoNominated
NME Awards (2018)HerselfBest British Solo ArtistNominated
NME Awards (2018)Pop 2Best MixtapeNominated
NME Awards (2020)HerselfBest British Solo ActNominated
NME Awards (2020)HerselfBest Solo Act in the WorldNominated
NME Awards (2020)“Gone” (feat. Christine and the Queens)Best CollaborationNominated
NewNowNext Awards (2014)HerselfBest New MusicianNominated
People’s Choice Awards (2015)HerselfFavorite Breakout ArtistNominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize (2014)“Boom Clap”Best British Pop SingleNominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize (2017)“Boys”Best British Pop SingleNominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize (2019)“Blame It on Your Love” (with Lizzo)Best British Pop SingleNominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize (2020)“Forever”Best British Pop SingleNominated
Queerty Awards (2020)“Gone” (with Christine and the Queens)AnthemNominated
Project U’S You’ve Done Quite Well Awards (2017)HerselfMusic Person of the YearNominated
Project U’S You’ve Done Quite Well Awards (2017)“Boys”International Song of the YearNominated
Project U’S You’ve Done Quite Well Awards (2017)“Boys”Best Music VideoNominated
Radio Disney Music Awards (2015)HerselfBest New ArtistWon
Rober Awards Music Prize (2011)HerselfMost Promising New ArtistNominated
Rober Awards Music Prize (2017)“Boys”Best Music VideoNominated
Rober Awards Music Prize (2017)HerselfBest Pop ArtistNominated
Rober Awards Music Prize (2017)“3AM (Pull Up)” (with MØ)Floorfiller of the YearNominated
Rober Awards Music Prize (2018)“Out of My Head” (with Tove Lo & Alma)Floorfiller of the YearNominated
Rober Awards Music Prize (2019)“Gone” (with Christine and the Queens)Floorfiller of the YearNominated
Rober Awards Music Prize (2020)HerselfBest Electronic ArtistNominated
SESAC Pop Awards (2014)“I Love It” (with Icona Pop)Songwriter of the YearWon
SESAC Pop Awards (2014)“I Love It” (with Icona Pop)Song of the YearWon
SESAC Pop Awards (2017)“Same Old Love”Song of the YearWon
SESAC Pop Awards (2017)HerselfSongwriter of the YearWon
Teen Choice Awards (2013)“I Love It” (with Icona Pop)Choice Single: GroupNominated
Teen Choice Awards (2014)“Boom Clap”Choice Love SongNominated
Teen Choice Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Choice R&B/Hip-Hop SongWon
Teen Choice Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Choice Summer SongNominated
Teen Choice Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Choice Single: FemaleNominated
UK Music Video Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)Best StylingNominated
UK Music Video Awards (2016)“Hand in the Fire” (feat. Mr. Oizo)Best AnimationNominated
UK Music Video Awards (2017)“Boys”Best Pop Video – UKNominated
UK Music Video Awards (2017)“Boys”Vevo Must See AwardNominated
Variety‘s Hitmakers Awards (2020)HerselfInnovator of the YearWon
WDM Radio Awards (2018)“Dirty Sexy Money” (with David Guetta, Afrojack, and French Montana)Best Trending TrackNominated
World Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)World’s Best SongNominated
World Music Awards (2014)“Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea)World’s Best VideoNominated
YouTube Music Awards (2015)Herself50 Artists to WatchWon
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