"Boom Clap," by British singer Charli XCX (Charlotte Emma Aitchison), became her first Billboard Top 10 (#8) hit. The song was featured on her album, "Sucker" and was the first single from '14's "The Fault In Our Stars" soundtrack.
Considering Charli XCX's early career, seeing releases delayed and only gaining notoriety by supporting others, it was a remarkable achievement.
Charli, born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, the daughter of a Scottish father and an Indian mother from Uganda, had her early recording career financed by a loan from her parents.
Her first album, "14," went unreleased. Her next album, "True Romance," which turned out to be her debut, sat on the shelf for over a year before finally arriving in '12.
Raising her profile, Charli was the co-writer (with Patrik Berger) of Icona Pop's '12 dance hit "I Love It." The multi-platinum single was left off of "True Romance" because Charli didn't think it would fit. Probably not the wisest decision. She also sang on Australian Rapper Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and appeared in the video. The '14 release went to #1 on both the U.S. and Canada singles charts.
Charli continued her collaborative efforts, in a small way, working with Duran Duran's Simon La Bon on the ballad "Kingdom" for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." La Bon wasn't heard until the 2 minute mark and was gone 30 seconds later.
"Sucker," containing "Boom Clap," dropped in '14. Second single, "Break The Rules," peaked at #2 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Singles and #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40.
The Pop Punk singer was then the subject of a four page spread in Rolling Stone and the magazine gave Charli's sophomore effort four-stars (out of five).
2008 14 (unreleased)
2013 True Romance