Charli XCX entered 2014 as a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter whose most popular song, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” kept her behind the scenes. She ends the year with her second proper album, Sucker, after not only notching an even bigger hit in a supporting role (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”) but also, at last, breaking through with her own song in the top 10 of of Billboard‘s Hot 100, The Fault in Our Stars-boosted sunburst “Boom Clap.” The song was so successful she cited its unexpected popularity as a reason for delaying Sucker‘s release. The album finally arrives on December 15, and though she had already unveiled a fair number of songs — including “Break the Rules,” “London Queen” and “Gold Coins” — now she’s streaming the whole thing.
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By Marc Hogan on 12.17.14 in News
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.16.14 in Galleries
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