“SuperLove” is just the latest in a long line of excellent tracks from British pop star in the making Charli XCX. Released last week along with a video that follows the artist around a Japanese cityscape, “SuperLove” follows this year’s excellent True Romance, which in turn followed two excellent mixtapes and a guest spot on one of the past year’s most infectious singles. Despite all her early successes, Charli XCX still isn’t quite a household name yet. Before she hits it big — or rather, bigger — we rounded up the need-to-know essentials about her, from her early start in East London nightlife to what’s next.
She co-wrote the song of the summer
Some may not have heard of Charli XCX, but it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that any human being with a TV or Internet connection has probably heard her sometime in the last 12 months. That’s because she’s one of the songwriters behind 2013’s most ubiquitous song not attached to a highly controversial VMA performance. XCX claims to have penned the melody and lyrics to Swedish duo Icona Pop’s “I Love It” in just a half an hour before handing it off to producer Patrik Berger. Caroline Hjelt told NME that XCX’s original version was “more cute” than the song that became a global smash, but XCX has also said she thinks Hjelt and bandmate Aino Jawo are “totally owning” the track, which she performed with them onstage at South by Southwest.