Charli XCX brings summer hits to the states

Photo Credit: Jenna Million

 

British pop star Charli XCX blew up pop charts this year with her summer hit “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, “Boom Clap” on “The Fault in Our Stars” soundtrack and her latest music video for “Break the Rules.”

She stopped in Austin Saturday, Oct. 18 at Emo’s as part of her first U.S. headlining tour. The tour kicked off on Sept. 26 in Orlando and reaches a close Oct. 26 in Los Angeles.

That night, Emo’s curtained off part of the venue to make for a smaller, more intimate setting for the sold out show.

Charli XCX and her all-girl band wore matching blue and white cheerleader uniforms with “Sucker” embroidered on the front. Charli strutted the stage with a sparkling tiara; matching bracelets, earrings and necklace; transparent pink, heart-shaped shades; and, of course, her signature red lipstick.

The venue was not filled with preteens, but an older crowd of high school and college-aged students, mixed in with age-varied adults. The crowd went crazy for her, singing every word, dancing to every song and adoring Charli XCX for the 80s pop princess she is.

Her charisma shined on stage as she jumped and danced all around, giving love to every part of the crowd. For some songs, she even had choreographed dance moves with her band.

Charli XCX’s album “Sucker” is set to release Dec. 16. She performed songs from the upcoming album and other fan favorites, including “I Love It,” which she wrote and recorded with electronic duo Icona Pop.

She delivered a 21-song set, ending with an encore of “Fancy” and “Boom Clap.”

Earlier in the day, Charli XCX made an appearance at Austin’s Mix 94.7 radio station for a Q&A with some of her fans who didn’t have tickets to the sold out show.

She was not done up in her fancy-stage uniform, but a more relaxed, punk-glam look. She wore a long, shimmery black dress with a slit running up the leg, black leather combat boots, a black leather jacket and transparent red sunglasses to match her bright red lipstick, making her a fashion icon for fans.

One fan asked for advice on breaking into the music industry. Charli XCX talked about her experience of posting music on MySpace at age 14, and said her best advice is to make great music. She believes that if you make great music, it will shine through all the other music out there.

She noted that writing music with other artists is just as important as performing as Charli XCX. For the time being, she’s riding high on her current success and working hard for the album release of “Sucker.”

After the tour is over, Charli XCX will be hanging around stateside for a while longer, performing at iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball Tour in select cites in December before going on to open for Katy Perry on the European leg of her world tour in early 2015.