Charli XCX finds her own ‘True Romance’ after ‘I Love It’

Charli XCX performs at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday and at Irving Plaza in NYC on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Gary Miller/WireImage)
Charli XCX performs at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Mass., on Tuesday and at Irving Plaza in NYC on Wednesday. Credit: Gary Miller/WireImage

The pop landscape for women in the second decade of the millennium seems to be all about girls gone wild. But Charli XCX swears she’s not trying to be a badass. Come to think of it, Charli XCX does a lot of swearing on her debut from earlier this year, “True Romance.”

“I don’t really think like, ‘Oh I’m going to swear, let’s be really edgy,’ or any of that s—,” she says. “I feel like I swear quite a lot in general life anyway, so when I’m writing it’s really just what’s in my brain and what’s kind of coming out of me.”

She may be better known for writing songs than singing them: She penned Icona Pop’s summer hit “I Love It.”

“When I wrote ‘I Love It’ it was just me screaming into a computer, and that’s generally what happens when I write,” she says. “It’s like pages from my invisible diary in my brain. Whatever comes out comes out, it’s kind of like word vomit.”

Born Charlotte Emma Aitchison, she speaks with a jolly English accent and is charming in conversation, alternately funny and disarmingly sincere, much like the lyrics on the “True Romance” album. She also meant the “I Love It” line, “I’m a ’90s bitch,” literally: She was born in 1992. She says penning such a huge single has given her the chance to work with a childhood hero of hers, who was “a ’90s bitch” of another sort.

“I was in a session the other day with William Orbit for Britney, which was cool,” she says, barely containing her enthusiasm. “She’s one of the hugest stars in the world, who knows what will happen but it was an honor to be invited to that session. I don’t even know if I’m allowed to be saying anything about this in the musical world, I don’t know what you’re allowed to say or whatever, but yeah, that happened and that was cool.”


At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…


Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.


VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.


NYS state forces thrift shops comply with ban…

Nine New York City thrift shops were reprimanded by the state attorney general for selling children's clothes with drawstrings around the neck and waist.


'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 11,…

Caleb's not a ghost. Spencer might still be an attempted murderer. And Hanna's going to die next week. In other words, we actually got some…


At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

Marvel Entertainment's Stan Lee is adding outposts to his creative empire to interest a new generation of children in super heroes of all shapes and sizes.


Mira Sorvino explores immortality on 'Intruders'

Mira Sorvino's new show "Intruders" centers around a secret society that achieves immortality by taking over the bodies of other people.


5 things you need to know about new…

"Doctor Who" returns Saturday with a new star, Peter Capaldi. Here's some things to know about him (mainly his turn as sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker).


Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.


2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)


MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb


David Wilson returns to triple jump, sets sights…

Giants fans know David Wilson can jump. They are just more used to seeing him go for backflips, not distance.


11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.


How everyday moments can inspire kids' creativity

"The Artist's Way for Parents" author Julia Cameron gives advice on how parents and children can be creative together.


How to stay safe online

Stop worrying about keeping your online passwords safe, and start worrying about keeping your username a secret. Actually, worry about both. According to Shaun Murphy…


OpenTable now lets you pay your bill via…

The restaurant app OpenTable added the ability to pay your bill (and tip) with your phone, thus cutting back on a few dining annoyances.