In February, Charli XCX heralded "TRUE ROMANCE" with the spectacular new single, "You (Ha Ha Ha)," and its companion video, directed by award-winning filmmaker Ryan Andrews. The electrifying clip -- which is streaming now at her official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/officialcharlixcx -- has already received over 600,000 individual page views, while the track (along with a range of exclusive remixes by such dancefloor notables as BURNS, Goldroom, Melé, and MS MR.) is available now on the iTunes Store.
Born Charli Aitchison in pastoral Herfordshire, England, Charli XCX first made an immediate splash with a series of increasingly acclaimed singles, including "Nuclear Seasons" and "Stay Away," which Pitchfork hailed as "a slow-burning kiss-off of a pop song with low-lying synths, industrial textures, and a whole lot of shadowy atmosphere."
"You're The One" received ever greater accolades upon its 2012 release, with Billboard praising "its frisky beats, Euro-pop synths, and vaguely Middle Eastern melodies" while also naming Charli to its "21 Under 21: Ones To Watch 2012" ranking. "Charli's got swagger of her own," raved ELLE, while Interview commended her for "morph(ing) into an amalgamation of a bewitching young woman exuding a dark sensuality and a London art-school kid pulsating with electric energy."
Charli made additional waves with a string of sold out US headline shows (as well as dates supporting both Santigold and Coldplay) leading to her appearance in a range of year-end packages, including 2012 wrap-ups and 2013 predictions. Rolling Stone declared her to be one of the year's "Hottest Synthpop Acts," while Stereogum included Charli on their influential "40 Best New Bands of 2012" tally, noting that "her voice floats above slickly catchy electroscapes, showing an admirably tough vulnerability. She actually sounds like a teenager, and that's a good thing." "You're The One" was among Billboard's "20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics' Picks" as well as Idolator's "12 For '12: The EPs That Had Us Popping This Year." As if that weren't enough, Time named Charli's upcoming debut album as one of their "11 Albums To Look Forward To In 2013," writing that "at only 20 years old, the vaguely goth Charli XCX (nee Charlotte Aitchison) has a vocal maturity that outshines many more seasoned singers, crafting songs that are alternately gorgeous, anthemic, throbbing and occasionally weird, with soaring vocals and swelling choruses that sweep you up in their melodies."
Furthermore, Charli XCX has released a pair of creative and compelling mixtapes, including the recent "SUPER ULTRA," highlighted by the viral hit, "Cloud Aura (Feat. Brooke Candy)." Pitchfork decreed the track -- produced by J£ZUS MILLION -- to be "a weird one," in large part thanks to the appearance of "rapper" and tumblr meta-meme Brooke Candy. "SUPER ULTRA" is available now as a free download to fans signing up at Charli's official website, charlixcxmusic.com, while the "Cloud Aura" companion video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/7LJOg-yLWbI.
For more, please see charlixcxmusic.com, www.facebook.com/charlixcxmusic, twitter.com/charli_xcx, and www.youtube.com/officialcharlixcx.
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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2013
May 6th-29th w/Marina & The Diamonds
MAY6 San Francisco, CA The Warfield7 Santa Ana, CA Observatory10 San Diego, CA House of Blues11 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Exposition Center13 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound14 Englewood, CO The Gothic Theatre16 Lawrence, KS The Granada17 St. Louis, MO The Pageant19 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater20 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater22 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall23 Toronto, ON Sound Academy24 Montreal, QC Metropolis28 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE Central Park SummerStage @ Rumsey29 New York, NY Playfield31 Brooklyn, NY GlasslandsJUNE1 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer3 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall4 Norfolk, VA The NorVa6 Orlando, FL The Social8 Miami, FL Grand Central Miami10 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre12 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre13-16 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
CHARLI XCX "TRUE ROMANCE"
OUT APRIL 16th (ON IAMSOUND)
1. Nuclear Seasons
2. You (Ha Ha Ha)
3. Take My Hand
4. Stay Away
5. Set Me Free
7. So Far Away
8. Cloud Aura ft. Brooke Candy
9. What I Like
10. Black Roses
11. You're the One
12. How Can I
13. Lock You Up
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