Well, this is a little unexpected. Charli XCX recently hit the studio with David Guetta. It’s unclear if they worked on her third album or his seventh, but they were joined by Noonie Bao (the songwriter behind “Vroom Vroom” and “Doing It”) and PC Music head honcho A.G. Cook — so my money’s on the former. It looks like the Brit is trying to blend the weird and wonderful electronica of PC Music with something a little more accessible on album number three. At least, that’s what she told Fader in a recent cover story.
“I didn’t want to make just an album with SOPHIE, and I didn’t want to make just an album with Stargate,” the pop star revealed. “I wanted to make an album with SOPHIE and Stargate. Sure, some of SOPHIE’s records are a little harsh and off-the-wall, but the goal is to be making progressive pop music.” And she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her choice of collaborators. “I know people are going to be like, ‘She wanted to make the album with SOPHIE, and her label said, You need to put it with Stargate to make this work.’ But it was never about putting SOPHIE in a pop environment and flattening him out.”
We’ll know soon enough if Charli’s pop experiment pays dividends. “SHOOTING MY NEW VIDEO OVER NEXT FEW DAYS!!!!” she captioned a poolside Instagram pic last week. The hitmaker then revealed that director Diane Martel (Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) is at the helm. If you’re still hungry for a little XCX, the 24-year-old also co-wrote MØ’s new single “Drum,” which is expected to arrive on Friday (September 23). See her various updates below.
Charli’s studio video:
✨ Studio with David Guetta, Noonie Bao and A.G. COOK ✨(Video has no sound) pic.twitter.com/HSDAEMiF4d
— CHARLI XCX UPDATES (@FckyeahCharli) September 20, 2016
A new video is coming:
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