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Thursday May 30

Primavera Sound Barcelona



For some time Charli XCX wanted to be a typical pop star. She would have surely become one as that’s what happens when you have it. But the artist from Cambridge soon realised that conventional pop can go from being exciting and ground-breaking to boring and predictable in a heartbeat. She felt it in her bones, she had to go and defy the conventions of the genre with her own rules. And to have fun, for f*ck’s sake. How? Mingling with the minds that are redefining contemporary pop music such as AG Cook and SOPHIE from the PC Music factory, establishing bonds with her own creative entities such as cupcakKe, MØ, Mykki Blanco, Mura Masa, Troye Sivan or Carly Rae Jepsen; and above all getting the right to freely decide what her next step should be. In 2017 it was two mixtapes, the exciting, juicy and fun Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, that gave her everything: the recognition of the pop establishment (Taylor Swift has taken her on tour) and that of the nonconformists who are always asking for more.

1999 feat. Troye Sivan (Asylum, 2018)