Charli XCX is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend — making up for a cancelled performance that was supposed to take place in December — and she’s bringing a new song with her, “Baby,” which is being released today. It’s the latest single from her upcoming album CRASH, due out in a couple weeks — we’ve also heard “Beg For You,” “Good Ones,” and “New Shapes.”
Regarding the music video, Charli XCX told Lowe, “I wanted to challenge myself on the choreo for this song, which was really, really tough and I have so much respect for dancers, professional dancers, anyone who communicates emotion through dance. It is so hard and challenging, but so rewarding.”
Crash is out March 18. The new song follows her Rina Sawayama–featuring single “Beg for You” and its subsequent remix from A. G. Cook and Vernon of the K-pop band Seventeen. Last year, Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens joined Charli XCX on “New Shapes.” Charli XCX also released the single “Good Ones” in 2021.
Last month Charli XCX released her new Rina Sawayama collaboration “Beg For You”, which will feature on her upcoming album CRASH alongside “New Shapes” featuring Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek and “Good Ones”.
CRASH will include producers and collaborators including A. G. Cook, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ariel Rechtshaid, Lotus IV, Digital Farm Animals and more, and will follow her 2020 quarantine album how i’m feeling now.
Crash is the placeholder title for Charli XCX’s upcoming fifth studio album, with a release date set for March 18th, 2022. It is expected to include collaborations with longtime producer A. G. Cook, Deaton Chris Anthony, and Mattman & Robin. After eleven years of being signed to Atlantic Records, this will be Charli’s last album released under the label.
Throughout January and February 2020, Charli shared Instagram Stories of herself in Justin Raisen’s studio with producers, including Patrik Berger (who had worked on Charli’s debut album True Romance, and her executive producer A. G. Cook. In March 2020, recording sessions for the album were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Charli decided to delay the release of the album and spontaneously started working on what is now her fourth studio album, how I’m feeling now.
Back in September, Aitchison shared an image of herself alongside Polachek and Letissier and captioned it “a perfect shape”, with fans speculating a collaboration was on the way. Charli XCX has previously worked with Christine And The Queens on 2019’s ‘Gone’, which featured on her third album ‘Charli’. Meanwhile, Polachek featured on two ‘Pop 2’ tracks; ‘Tears’ and ‘Delicious’.
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Charli XCX was born in Cambridge and raised in Start Hill, Essex, she began posting songs on Myspace in 2008, which led to her discovery by a promoter who invited her to perform at warehouse raves. Across her career, she has released four studio albums, has received many awards and nominations, and has headlined five tours.
She began making music at fourteen, and her debut release was a 2008 limited-edition album aptly titled 14.
By 2010, Charli signed to Atlantic Records, and released her debut single “Stay Away” in May 2011. She released her “real” debut album, True Romance, in 2013. The record met critical acclaim but failed to attain much commercial success. Charli’s true breakthrough came with the release of hit collaborations like Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”
In April 2014, Charli found solo success with “Boom Clap,” which was featured on the soundtrack of The Fault in Our Stars. It’s now certified triple platinum in the United States and gold in her native United Kingdom. Her sophomore album, Sucker, was a pop-punk oriented effort and enjoyed more success than her debut. “Break The Rules,” “Doing It” (featuring Rita Ora), and “Famous” all performed well on the UK singles chart.
By 2015, Charli began work on a third studio album, teaming up with PC Music artists and affiliates such as SOPHIE, Danny L Harle and A. G. Cook to create harsher, more electronic music. Critics hailed the Vroom Vroom EP as a groundbreaking new form of pop. Despite this, her record label was dissatisfied with how the singles were performing: “After the Afterparty” and “Boys” both reached the UK Top 40 but had little success elsewhere.
Defying her label’s commercial expectations, she released two “mixtapes” in 2017: Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, which featured collaborations with the likes of MØ, CupcakKe, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Tove Lo. Critics again reacted positively to these releases, with the latter attaining an 84 score on Metacritic.
Throughout 2018, she released a handful of singles, including formerly-unreleased fan favorites “Girls Night Out” and “No Angel,”. From May to August, Charli joined pop superstar Taylor Swift on her reputation Stadium Tour, introducing her to a whole new audience.
The following summer, she released a 15 song self-titled album, featuring many previous collaborators. Notable new collaborators for the project included Troye Sivan, Big Freedia, Planet 1999, Christine and the Queens, and Lizzo.
In 2020, she recorded a new project almost entirely during the first few months of the Covid-19 global pandemic: how i’m feeling now. The project was created largely with the help of Cook and Bon Iver producer BJ Burton. A documentary about the project’s recording, called Alone Together, premiered at SXSW the following spring.
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