Everything You Need to Know About Charli XCX


Atlantic Records signed her when she was 16

XCX began making music at 14, posting tracks on her MySpace profile from her home in the English countryside. Before long, they caught the attention of an East London rave host, and soon after that, Charlotte Aitchison had adopted a stage name (a hasty substitute for her real name that she wanted to stand for “X-Rated Cunt X-Rated before her label said no) and immersed herself in the scene, where she picked up her heavily EDM-influenced style. A label scout saw one of her rave performances and signed her to Atlantic — and that’s how XCX wound up with a major-label debut under her belt at the tender age of 21.