Charli XCX has had a very good 2014. The British pop singer sang the hook on Iggy Azalea's ubiquitous "Fancy"—it's essentially her song. So we can't fault her for singing the smash onstage as the penultimate number in her concert at Lincoln Hall on October 13. The 22 year old also injects "I Love It," the infectious banger she helped popularize for Icona Pop, into her set. Again, in hindsight this summer smash seems branded XCX. Her guest choruses own, which is why she is now England's most famous cheerleader.
Though we adore the pitch-black bubblegum of Charli's major label debut, 2013's True Romance, she hardly touched the material last night. The bulk of the tunes—"BoomClap," "Break the Rules," "London Queen," "Gold Coins," "Famous," "Breaking Up," etc.—are from her upcoming album Sucker, due for release in December. (So her very good 2014 is not over yet.) It's sad to see her so quickly abandon giddy lollipops like "What I Like," but the new stuff is just as much of a refreshing rush.
We first caught Charli opening for Coldplay at United Center in 2012. This gig was at at 500 capacity venue. Don't expect to see her in such a small room again.