Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), known professionally as Charli XCX, is an English singer, songwriter and music video director. Born in Cambridge and raised in Start Hill, Essex, she initially began posting songs on the internet in 2008, catching the attention of a promoter who invited her to perform at warehouse raves and parties. After signing with Asylum Records in 2010 her breakthrough came in 2013 when the Icona Pop collaboration “I Love It” became an international hit, peaking at number-one in her native country. Her debut studio album, True Romance, was released later that year.
In 2014, she contributed the hook to “Fancy” by rapper Iggy Azalea, which finished the year as one of the best-selling singles worldwide, and received her first solo hit with “Boom Clap” later that year. She released her punk-influenced second studio album Sucker at the end of the year, producing her fourth UK top-ten with the song “Doing It“. In 2016 and 2017, she released the BPI-certified singles “After the Afterparty” and “Boys“. In 2016, Charli XCX began working with artists under the PC Music umbrella, releasing the EP Vroom Vroom(2016), mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2 (2017), and a series of singles in 2018.