Charli XCX’s New Song Proves Once Again That She Deserves to Be a Star

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Aug. 18 2014 1:27 PM

Charli XCX’s New Song Proves Once Again That She Deserves to Be a Star

450416424-charlotte-emma-aitchison-aka-charli-xcx-attends-the
She's dominated the summer. Now she's set to dominate the fall, too.

Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Sonos

Two of the biggest hits of this summer and the last share one thing in common, and her name is Charli XCX. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter co-wrote Icona Pop’s breakout single “I Love It,” one of the biggest hits of last year, and she’s responsible for the “monster hook” in Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” this year’s still-reigning frontrunner for Song of the Summer. She’s now also achieved yet another top-10 hit with her contribution to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, “Boom Clap.” But just in case there was still any doubt left she’s ready for solo stardom, today Charli XCX announced her sophomore album Sucker with a new song, “Break the Rules,” that proves once again that she’s a pop force to be reckoned with.

“Break the Rules” is probably the best representation to date of Charli XCX’s multidimensional sound: It’s a blend of the feisty, fast energy she showcased on her Snuffed by the Yakuza cover, some typically cheeky lyrics (“I don’t wanna go to school/ I just wanna break the rules”), and a fun synth-heavy chorus not unlike the gems on her first album, True Romance. She told BuzzFeed, who premiered the song, that it was inspired by Swedish music—there’s a clear Europop influence—and added, “Obviously, it’s about not giving a fuck.” Sucker is due Oct. 21, which means XCX is poised to dominate yet another season: fall.

Dee Lockett is Slate's editorial assistant for culture.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers

Education

Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.

Culturebox

The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
  Business
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
  Life
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
  Arts
Culturebox
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.