SinceCharli XCXburst into the music scene in 2012 cowriting and providing vocals for Icona Pop's "I Love It," she's been a force to be reckoned with in the pop industry.Between releasing mixtapes and albums,and starting her own label,Charli is a music machine: She's always creating and doing things her way.Case in point: Instead of going the traditional album route,Charli dropped her1号天使mixtape in March—and her official full-length is likely coming early next year.
And today Charli drops her first single since March.Called "Boys," the single is a catchy bubblegum bop about crushing,and it comes with a video that features a ton of guys you know,including Panic!At the Disco's Brendon Urie,Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig,Rostam Batmanglij,A.G.Cook,Ty Dolla $ign,Diplo,and Riz Ahmed.What's more,the video turns the tables by asking the men to do all the "hot" things women would typically do on a shoot.(Think Joe Jonas sexily pouring syrup on a pancake stack or Chromeo having a pillow fight.)
Watch the video,below:
Ahead of the "Boys" release,we caught up with Charli XCX to talk about the power of equal representation,getting credit for her own songwriting,and her new single.Read on.
Glamour: Tell me about your new single.
Charli XCX:It's a song called "Boys," and it's just about dreaming about boys,basically.That's it.It's very simple.
Glamour: And you directed the music video?
Charli XCX:I did.I directed it and reached out to all my favorite male musicians,actors,and people and got them to come and make cameos in the video.We did sexy set-ups for each of them,so it was super fun.It was a lad-fest.
Glamour: Last time we talked,you said you've had conflicts with labels and men especially in the music industry.How is that now?Have you faced any issues since?
Charli XCX:I actually have a really good relationship with my label right now and with people I've worked with since I was younger.I've always had a really good relationship,with both men and women.I think,for me,the way I face sexism in the music industry is when people are like,"Oh,she must not write her own music." That's frustrating,in a way.
Glamour: Because you write all your own music,and you're so creative?
Charli XCX:I feel like sometimes dudes don't get treated the same way.But it's cool.I'm mostly just like,"Meh." I'm just doing my thing.
Glamour: How would you want to see the music industry change for female artists?
Charli XCX:Well,I feel like women are already talking so much and have been talking so much about female rights within the music industry.There are some really amazing artists and people behind the scenes who are really effective in championing feminism in the music industry,and I think that's really important for people in the industry and for young girls and guys to see.It should become universal.It's really about the other people understanding that everybody's equal and that women are equally as valid creatives,businesswomen,powerhouses…whatever you want to call them.It's part not giving a f-ck and part explaining to people that it's really important to realize that everybody is on an equal playing field.
Glamour: It seems like you're always authentically yourself.
Charli XCX:Every time I make another record and every time I get a year older,I become more and more confident in who I am and more in tune with what I want as a person.I think it's the same for anyone in any walk of life.You just grow with experience and become more confident in exploring new things.And that's definitely what has happened to me.