Charli XCX Proves She's Pop's Next Big Thing with Her 'Boom Clap' Video

By Lani Conway on
(Vevo) Charli XCX is having quite a bit of a run lately. She's currently sitting on top Billboard's Hot 100 chart alongside Iggy Azalea thanks to their infectious summer earworm, "Fancy." Now the singer has released the official music video for "Boom Clap," which is featured on the soundtrack of the highly-anticipated film Fault in Our Stars. The Amsterdam-set video feels more like an extended preview of the film with clips showing the budding romance between Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and...Read Full Story

The Best and Worst Moments of SXSW 2014

By Alicia Dennis on
(Austin PD | Getty Images)At one point, I had this hilariously ambitious plan to recap all of the most impressive performances at Austin's South by Southwest music festival as they happened. Then the realities of SXSW set in: Delayed set times, extremely late nights, and a special brand of mass exhaustion that seems to afflict everyone with ears. This year's festival was particularly intense. The worst possible scenario came true when a drunk driver plowed into a festival crowd in the early...Read Full Story

Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX Basically Recreated 'Clueless' for Their 'Fancy' Music Video

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(VEVO)A lot of people are working the 90s nostalgia thing hard these days, but few have demonstrated more commitment to the task than Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. Today, the Aussie rapper and the British pop songstress released the music video for their collaboration "Fancy," and it's essentially a flashy, sexy recreation of Clueless.There's the debate scene, complete with accurate costume:The Ambulator:Charli XCX as Tai, post-makeover:The designer gym clothes:The FREEWAY?!?!?! scene:And a...Read Full Story

WATCH: Charli XCX Gets Down With Robots in Her 'Superlove' Video

By Alicia Dennis on
Earlier this year, Charli XCX was forced to cancel a string of dates in order to focus on her next album. She promised it'd be worth it — and now, having watched the video for her übercatchy new single "Superlove," we're inclined to believe her.Sporting her signature platforms and a variety of slinky little '90s outfits, Charli gets her dance on with a robot crew and a biker gang in Tokyo. According to Charli, the song is about "running away and falling in love with someone and it being...Read Full Story

Charli XCX Hopes to Release Her Sophomore Album This Spring

By Alicia Dennis on
(Facebook)Earlier this month, Charli XCX cancelled a handful of tour dates in Europe in order to work on her sophomore album, a follow up to her critically lauded debut True Romance. On Monday, the British singer-songwriter took to Facebook to discuss the new music with her fans, noting that the new album could arrive as soon as this spring."I want it to be out in March/April of 2014," Charli wrote in response to a fan's question. "That's a rough guess at the moment but that's what I'm aiming...Read Full Story

Songs of Summer 2013: Artists to Watch

By Alicia Dennis on
(VEVO | YouTube)Few of the songs listed below saw much mainstream U.S. radio airplay in the summer of 2013, but that doesn't mean they don't qualify for Song of Summer status. Several of the artists featured are practically superstars already with massive, devoted followings, while others are flying just below the radar. But it wouldn't be too a big a surprise if any of them delivered a true summer anthem for 2014. 1. "What I Like," Charli XCXBritish singer-songwriter Charli XCX freely admits...Read Full Story

A Bunch of Celebrities Band Together to Convince the World MySpace Is Cool

By Alicia Dennis on
The powers that be at MySpace are doing everything they can to convince you that the once-dopey social networking site is now the coolest place on the Internet. And there's nothing cooler than a party on a bare white soundstage, right? With celebrities, of course. Pharrell, Mac Miller, Erin Wasson, Sky Ferreira, Iggy Azalea, RiFF RaFF, Ciara, Charli XCX, and Zedd are just a few of the famous faces that show up in the nonsensical clip, which has no real point other than, you know, coolness...Read Full Story

Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival: The Killers, Kings of Leon, Beck Headline

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(Facebook)Las Vegas is the place to be for debauchery, but not typically of the indie rock persuasion. All that's about to change with the launch of the Life Is Beautiful music festival, which is bringing the Killers, Kings of Leon, Beck, Imagine Dragons, and many more to downtown Vegas on October 25 through the 27. Tickets for the festival are currently a steal at $99.50 for a three-day weekend pass and $249.50 for a VIP weekend pass, with vacation packages available as well. Tickets go on...Read Full Story

Charli XCX Parties 90s Style in Her New 'Take My Hand' Music Video

By Alicia Dennis on
Charli XCX's True Romance is perhaps the most likable release of 2013 that isn't Daft Punk, so you owe it to yourself to check out the new music video for "Take My Hand." The concept is pretty simple: House party, smoke, '90s. There's a boy with a butt-cut. It's all good.Read Full Story

2012 SXSW: Best Bands to Watch

By Adam Wenger on
SXSW 2012 welcomes thousands of bands to Austin for the city's annual music festival. From mainstream rock legends like Bruce Springsteen to upstart indie darlings like Grimes, there's no shortage of talent. If anything, there's simply too many musicians to keep track of. With well over 2,000 acts scheduled to play from March 13-18, trying to keep tabs on what's great and what's worth missing can leave you with a serious headache. But don't worry, that's where we come in. Rather than become...Read Full Story