Charlotte Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer-songwriter. She released two singles in 2008, "Emelline/Art Bitch" and "!Francesckaar!". She was signed to This Is Music and IAMSOUND Records, before releasing four more singles, "Stay Away", "Nuclear Seasons", "You're the One" and "So Far Away". Charli XCX released two EPs and an early album sampler in late 2011, as well as the EP You're the One in the US on 12 June 2012 and in the UK on 17 September, to anticipate her debut album, due out in February 2013. Her work has been compared to Marina & the Diamonds, Lykke Li, M.I.A, Zola Jesus and Robyn.

Early life

Charlotte Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992 in Hertfordshire. She started her own band on the playground when she was around eight, at Howe Green House School, in Essex

Career

2008-11: Early career

At the age of 14, Charli began recording her debut album, funded by her parents. Two singles were released in late 2008, double A-side "Emelline / Art Bitch", and "!Franchesckaar!" under Orgy Music. The album was however shelved, and never released for unknown reasons. In an interview with Idol Magazine, Charli revealed that she wanted her stage name to stand for "Xrated Cunt Xrated", but the label would not allow this.

In 2011, she featured on two singles, "End of the World" by Alex Metric, and "Lost in Space" by Starkey. In May 2011, she released her first single in nearly three years, "Stay Away", followed by "Nuclear Seasons" in November, both produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and released exclusively in the UK. These singles gained attention from Pitchfork Media, where she gained Best New Track accolades for both tracks, with the former being ranked #35 on their Best Tracks of 2011 list. In late 2011, a five-track promotional sampler of Charli's debut album surfaced. All tracks were early demos, including an early version of "You're the One", titled "In the Dark".

2012-present: You're the One, international breakthrough, and debut album

In February 2011, Charli released two free tracks, the holiday-themed "Valentine" and "I'll Never Know" through her website. Charli XCX wrote and provided two tracks including "How Can I?" for the indie horror movie called Elfie Hopkins starring Ray Winstone and his daughter Jaime Winstone. She also released two free mixtapes via SoundCloud, containing tracks by her female and male influences, the first titled Super Girls, Super Love and the second entitled I Like Boys Who Cry. On 12 May 2012, she released her first original mixtape, titled Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, a one-track file consisting of eight original songs, including "How Can I?". She supported Santigold and Coldplay on tour throughout summer.

On 12 June 2012, Charli released her debut EP You're the One in the US, featuring "You're the One" and "Nuclear Seasons", as well as remixes of both tracks. On 14 June, "You're the One" was released as her debut single in Australia. The EP was later released in September in the UK and Australia, the UK version featuring the title track and "So Far Away", as well as three remixes. The Australian version contained the title track, "Stay Away", and "Nuclear Seasons". The Australian edition was also the only version of the EP to be released physically on CD. Her second original mixtape, Super Ultra was release exclusively through her website on 7 November 2012, featuring 8 separate tracks. She wrote and featured on Icona Pop's song "I Love It", which became a breakthrough hit for both artists, reaching the top 10 in numerous countries. She is to tour America and Canada with fellow friend and singer Marina and the Diamonds throughout May. Charli is then to support singer Ellie Goulding on a Europe tour of Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and Dublin throughout April with her own UK tour to follow soon after which is to be announced.