Following up 'Fancy' didn't quite go to plan
Charli XCX opened up about her 2014 album ‘Sucker’, saying that some parts of the record “feel fake” to her, now she’s had time to reflect.
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The album followed the artist’s massive 2014 hit with Iggy Azalea, ‘Fancy’. The song topped the charts in America for 7 weeks.
Charli XCX suggests that due to her chart success, she wrote material to conform to a more commercial audience. “It was definitely a confusing experience, after Fancy, when things didn’t really go my way,” she told The Guardian. I didn’t become, like, this huge big artist or whatever. That was definitely hard at points for sure.”
On her current shows with megastar Taylor Swift, Charli XCX said that she’s ‘a really good performer’ who can ‘get any crowd going.’
“The Taylor shows have been really great, but it’s a different beast… I’m not a pristine pop performer,” she added. “I’m born to play in club environments, rave environments.” You can read the full interview here.
Last month, the pop artist released a new video for her latest track ‘5 in the Morning’. The track followed on from her two mixtapes ‘Number 1 Angel’ and ‘Pop 2’.
When initially releasing the song, she tweeted that she was ‘going to release a lot music this year. and a lot of videos. “you’re gonna be so fucking sick of me,” she wrote.
The new video was directed by Bradley & Pablo who have previously worked with Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa and Louis Tomlinson.
She also recently appeared on the Rita Ora track ‘Girls’ which was heavily criticized for its “tone-deaf lyrics”. Many felt the song undermined the queer community by suggesting that girls only kiss other girls when drunk.
“I think the conversation and dialogue around this song is really important,” Charli XCX said of the critiques. “I could totally relate to the conversation that was being had. Of course, the intention of the song was never to hurt anybody.”