Last month, Charli XCX pulled out of a U.S. co-headlining tour with Bleachers to “be creative” and focus on her follow-up to 2014's Sucker. Even though it was kind of a bummer to see the match-made-in-heaven tour come to a premature close, rest assured the Brit hit maker is delivering on her promise to hone her creativity in all the best ways.
In a new interview with The Mirror, the 23-year-old said we can expect “the most electronic pop sound” she’s done thus far on her new music, and admitted to taking cues from a very, very unexpected “it girl.”
"I’ve been really inspired by Paris Hilton, small dogs and a glitter, luxe lifestyle," Charli said. "I’ve never met Paris before, but we were both at the amFAR Gala during the Cannes Film Festival this year. I was performing and I saw her singing along to my song and I freaked out. I’m such a fan and one of my favorite songs ever is 'Stars Are Blind' – it’s pop genius.”
WHOA, talk about a flash from the past. In case you need a little refresher about that 2006 jam Charli’s referencing, take a listen below.
Along with her own new album, Charli’s also continuing to lend her pop writing prowess to other stars. Most recently, for example, she co-wrote Selena Gomez’s new single, “Same Old Love.” Interestingly enough, though, Rihanna tweeted a lyric from the song last year, meaning Charli may have written it with Rih in mind or at least offered it to her before Sel.
That would make sense, considering Charli also revealed to The Mirror that she’s been called upon to contribute tracks for Rih’s frustratingly long-gestating eighth album, R8.
“I’m a really big Rihanna fan and I think she’s such an incredible artist,” Charli said. “She’s my favorite pop girl. She’s the real deal. I’ve actually been to a couple of writing sessions for Rihanna’s new record. It was really fun to put together a couple of tracks.”
Sound the alarms — looks like Charli may be cooking up some clubby bangers for Rih. Maybe R8 will be worth the torturous wait after all?!