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Interview:
Hit collaborations grow Charli XCX's audience
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Charli XCX is, not surprisingly, finding herself playing in front of exponentially more people who know who she is these days.

As a writer and guest, the British singer has been part of some of the biggest pop hits of the past couple years, including Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." Add to that her own singles, "Boom Clap" and "Breaking the Rules" -- both from her upcoming second album "Sucker" -- and hip collaborations with Benga and Detroit rapper Danny Brown ("Float On") and she's definitely in ascendant mode right now.

"I think that definitely over the past six months people who never heard of me before definitely know me now, which is kind of weird and crazy to me -- but it's cool," says XCX, 22, who was born Charlotte Aitchison in Cambridge, England, and was inspired to make music after seeing a Britney Spears video. "I feel very, like, honored and very excited that I have the opportunity to kind of put my stamp on pop music right now, not only through my own songs but through other people's.

"It's pretty cool, yeah. I want as many people as possible to hear my music, so I'm very happy."

XCX says she has more collaborations coming that she can't talk about yet, but her primary focus is on her own career as an artist, which will be bolstered when "Sucker," the follow-up to 2013's "True Romance," comes out on Dec. 12. She isn't, however, too worried that her guest appearances are overshadowing her own music.

"I think right now with "Boom Clap" doing so well, that's kind of sorting itself out, I suppose," she says. "I just keep doing my thing. I try not to think about it and stress out about it too much, 'cause that's when things start going wrong, when I overthink things.

"So I'm just, like, chill, just floating around and enjoying everything that's going on right now."

Charli XCX, Elliphant and Femme

Saturday, Oct. 11. Doors open at 8/30 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $19

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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