Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop


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If so, what does she hope to achieve in her music career? Do her admirers really want her to be a celebrity?

Crash, the singer and songwriter’s fifth studio album, was released earlier this month and has already generated an enormous amount of discussion since her debut in 2013. She has released a number of albums, EPs, and mixtapes, which can be seen as a commentary on popular music, an experiment to push the boundaries of the major label system, or simply the bold wanderings of a curious and sometimes chaotic creative mind.

The size of her stardom, however, has been a sub-narrative that has followed her journey. Charli XCX has penned chart-topping songs for a variety of artists. Is she releasing music that will help her become a household name? Her final album with Atlantic Records, “Crash,” debuted at No. 7 this week, a career-high position for the singer-songwriter.

New York Times pop music editor Caryn Ganz is taking over for Jon Caramanica this week on Popcast to discuss Charli’s unconventional major label career, her musical evolutions, her complicated relationship with her listeners and the success and misstep on “Crash.”.


Hazel Cills, a music editor at National Public Radio

Music critic Shaad D’Souza is a contributor to Pitchfork and other publications.

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