Charli XCX, or rather, Charlotte Emma Aitchison, was born on August 2, 1992. She is a British singer and songwriter. So far in her career, she has released two studio albums, two mixtapes, and two extended plays. She began her career at the age of 16, influenced by David Bowie, Donna Summer, Marilyn Manson, and Rihanna. ‘!Franchesckaar!’ and ‘Stay Away’ are two of her early singles. Alex Metric’s song ‘End of the World,’ which featured her voice, catapulted her to fame. Today we celebrate her and her achievements.
Charlotte Emma Aitchison
August 2, 1992
Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on August 2, 1992, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to Jon Aitchison, a businessman, and Shameera Aitchison, a former nurse and flight attendant. In 2010, she did, however, drop out of college and went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London for a time.
She began creating music at a young age. In early 2008, she began sharing songs from her album on her MySpace profile. An illegal basement rave promoter was drawn to her music. She started going by the stage name Charli XCX and started going to raves. Her songs were local hits soon, and she followed up with the singles ‘!Franchesckaar!’ and ‘Emelline/Art Bitch.’ She signed with Asylum Records in 2010. Alex Metric’s vocals can be heard on the song ‘End of the World,’ which was released in 2011. Her debut studio album, “True Romance,” was released in April 2013. The album received favorable reviews from critics. In its first week, it sold 1,241 copies and reached number 85 on the U.K. Albums Chart. Charli XCX started working on her second album right away. She was soon featured on Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s hit ‘Fancy.’ The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. “Sucker,” her debut album, was released in December 2014 and went on to become a worldwide sensation. In the United States, it hit number 28 on the Billboard 200. It also received favorable reviews from critics. The album’s song ‘Break the Rules’ was a tremendous smash, charting in multiple countries. She stated in July 2015 that she was working on her third album.
Sound-to-color synesthesia affects her. “When I think about music, colors come to me,” she explains. Green, yellow, or brown music is my least favorite, whereas black, pink, purple, or red music is my fave.” She considers herself a feminist. ‘Body of My Own,’ her song, was composed as a feminist statement. She also starred in “The F Word and Me,” a B.B.C. Three documentary about gender equality that was broadcast in 2015. During her early career, she dated filmmaker Ryan Andrews, who filmed several music videos for her, including ‘Nuclear Seasons’ (2011), ‘You (Ha Ha Ha)’ (2013), and ‘Super Love’ (2013).
Between 2014 and 2021, she had an on-again, off-again romance with Huck Kwong. Emmie Lichtenberg is a mutual acquaintance of Kwong’s and they used to work together as an A&R. She splits her time between Los Angeles and London.
Charli signs to Asylum Records as soon as her songs start to hit a mainstream audience.
She debuts her first studio album titled, “True Romance.”
Her second studio album,”Sucker,” peaks at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling approximately 30,000 copies in its first week.
In 2015, she wins the Billboard Music Award for ‘Top Rap Song.’
Why We Love Charli XCX
She encourages her fans to be their authentic selves
She may not have sought to be a role model, but given her position in the music industry, she understands that it's unavoidable. If there's one thing she wants her followers to learn from her, it's to accept themselves as they are. "Whenever possible," she told E.T. Canada, "I always try to encourage my followers or individuals who follow me to be themselves just as I am."
She is a very good artist
She creates extremely catchy and fun music that is easy to listen to and perform at a party.
She doesn’t shy away from speaking on “controversial” topics
Even when she's been in the center of an issue involving the L.G.B.T.Q. community, she has gone out of her way to ensure that something positive comes out of it. She was featured on Rita Ora's controversial hit "Girls" in June 2018, which sparked outrage among the queer community for trivializing same-sex attraction. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer apologized for the song's slur on the culture and used the chance to teach others about it. "This conversation can benefit us all," she remarked. "It would be wonderful to continue this discourse in a nice, non-aggressive manner so that people may learn about people's sentiments, sexualities, and perspectives."
5 Surprising Facts
She was once a voice actress
She had a minor voice role in the American animated television series "Major Lazer" in 2014.
She has Indian ancestry
Shameera, her mother, is a former nurse and flight attendant, was born and raised in Uganda to a Gujarati Indian family.
She gets inspiration from classic punk
She has mentioned how she is fond of punk rock and is a big fan of punk legends such as Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Mclearn.
She is a songwriter
She has written songs for a lot of big names such as Briteny Spears and Rihanna.
She is a Grammy Nommine
She has yet to win a Grammy, but with two nominations under her belt, we doubt she feels unappreciated.
Charli XCX FAQs
Is Charli XCX Korean?
No, she is not.
What does X.C.X. in Charli’s name stand for
Her M.S.N. screen name was X.C.X., which stands for “Kiss Charli Kiss.” She chose to maintain the name, and it has remained with her throughout her career.
What is Charli XCX ethnicity?
She is Scottish and Indian.
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