Album:The Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture
British singer songwriter Charli XCX seemed like an overnight sensation when she scored a top ten pop hit with Boom Clap from the 2014 film The Fault In Our Stars. But she's actually been around for a few years. She writes her own songs so she has potential for longevity. She was born Charlotte Aitchison Aug. 2, 1992 in Cambridge, England. Charli XCX was her MSN Messenger user name. When she started performing as a teen, a promoter billed her as Charli XCX so she just kept the name. She released a CD independently in 2008 and this led to her signing with Atlantic's Asylum label in 2010. She released a couple of singles but she got a lot of attention when she sang lead on the 2012 top ten pop hit I Love It by the Swedish duo Icona Pop. Charli wrote the song with Swedish producer Patrik Berger and she seemed to click with him. He took her in an electro pop direction. She released her debut album True Romance in 2013. It was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid who had produced her singles. There were no hit singles and the album didn't sell. Charli wanted to work with Berger on her second album. Charli's duet with rapper Iggy Azalea Fancy topped the charts in early 2014. Then Asylum placed Boom Clap in the film The Fault In Our Stars about two teen cancer patients who fall in love. This film was a big success with teenage girls. And so was the soundtrack CD. Boom Clap was the lead single and it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. She wrote and produced the song with Berger. Charli's second album Sucker was released late 2014. It did OK but I recommend the soundtrack CD for The Fault In Our Stars because it's available at a budget price. Charli opened for Katy Perry and also toured with Jack Antonoff. We should see a new CD from her later this year. She has to prove that Boom Clap was not a fluke hit from a hit movie. And she can always write songs for others if things don't work out. Here's the video for Boom Clap by Charli XCX.