My single of the week this week is 'Break the Rules' by Charli XCX.
Break the Rules was released in the UK just last week (Oct 2014). It is the second single from her album Sucker, the first of course, being the huge 'Boom Clap'. Her album is due out in December.
That first single was the first time I heard of her, but this young pop star has actually been around a while and has some serious credentials to her name already. Born in 1992, but already on her second studio album (not counting her first debut which wasn't on a main label).
Not only now releasing her own stuff, she co-wrote and features on the Icona Pop hit 'I love it', but is also featured on Iggy Azalea's hit 'Fancy'. Impressive.
The video is very "cool kids". Despite the fact that she is British, the video is all American. Its quite clearly influenced by film, especially the Carrie scene. Rose McGowan features, and is seen tipping a bucket over them at prom. Its not blood this time though, just pink gunk!! Cool reference though. Adds to the edgy appeal of this young talented artist.
Weird fact from the web - she has a condition called synesthesia - she sees music in colour. Her real name is Charlotte Emma Aitchison.
This track is pop, but its also quite dark. She's no Disney girl this one. She's real. There's a lot of bass and dance to this one, and her vocals are outstanding. She's got quite a deep voice, which belies how young she is. She sounds more mature than her years.
Even at my ripe old age (late 30's before you ask), this makes me want to rebel. I'm not sure singing I don't want to go to school would work for me, but I appreciate the sentiment!! We all want to break the rules sometimes now don't we!?
I absolutely love this song. Its excellent, its catchy, its cool, its down with the kids but appealing for the more mature amongst us. She has kudos, she has style and she is edgy. Two smash tracks back to back - I reckon this is going to the top for sure.
Brilliant, just brilliant. Go take a listen and let me know what you think. I love comments.
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(video published on youtube by officialcharlixcx)