Charli XCX tour diary exclusive

ELLE Sessions graduate releases debut

We spotted her first – and now ELLE Sessions graduate Charli XCX will be releasing her first album, True Romance on April 15th.

To celebrate the 20-year old’s exciting news, we’ve got Charli’s exclusive SXSW tour diary.

Charli’s SXSW highlights included playing at the star-studded Perez Hilton party and the Gorilla vs Bear/Hype Machine party. So far, so superstardom…

We first handpicked Charli for ELLE Sessions back in December. And we knew we were onto something – the Hertfordshire-born singer had supported Coldplay and Santigold on tour, racked up 2.5 million YouTube views, and more than 630 thousand plays on SoundCloud.


Now, she’s barely got time to dry clean her enviable tour wardrobe before headlining three UK shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester, and then embarking on tours with Ellie Goulding across Europe and Marina and the Diamonds in USA.

Charli describes her sound as goth-pop’ – which translates to electro-pop influcences with addictively moody overtones (think Gwen Stefani crossed with Kate Bush). She’s honed her music working with hotshot producers including Patrik Berger – who has collaborated with Lana del Rey and Robyn – and Ariel Reichstadt, who’s worked with Usher and ELLE favourite Solange. And if it’s good enough for a Knowles sister…


Watch Charlis SXSW tour diary, exclusively for ELLE, below

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True Romance will be released on April 15th

Watch our ELLE Sessions video with Charli XCX here

Check out Bebe Black performing for ELLE Sessions here

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