Charli XCX is 'Ruthless' When it Comes to Her Songwriting

Charli XCX is 'Ruthless' When it Comes to Her Songwriting

Charli XCX looks pretty badass on the new cover of Fader magazine.

The 24-year-old singer opened up to the glossy about her music and her image. Check it:

On the more commercial pop sound of her new album: “I’ve always loved pop commercial. I’ve just never committed, I suppose. Instead I’ve always made breakup songs or really emo love songs … But I’ve always been very much the opposite of what I write about. Because I do like to party, and when I go out, I don’t like listening to love songs. Like, I skip them. I like watching DJs, I don’t want to watch bands. I realized that at the end of Sucker, I was like, Uh, what am I doing? If i make a party record, I can go on tour and party every night.”

On her new music potentially being called vapid: “I used to really care about my validity as a writer or as someone who’s going to be received well. And now I don’t. The more I’ve grown up and the more I’ve become secure with myself, I’ve become comfortable with being questioned. I don’t mind if people think I’m a fake. I kind of like that more. It’s like, ‘Oh she doesn’t do anything, she’s vapid, she’s a projection of other people’s ideas.’ I’m playing with that now more than ever. Sometimes it’s like I would rather talk about my boobs and the outfits that I just bought.”

On her goals as a songwriter for other pop stars: “When it comes to songwriting for other people, I’ve become quite ruthless. I see it as a creative outlet whilst I’m creating it, but after the song has been made, I wanna make money. I want the biggest artists to cut these songs, and I want them to be No.1. When it comes to my own record, that shit doesn’t happen, so that’s where I think about what I believe to be artistic, what I believe to be beautiful.”

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