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Hear Charli XCX’s New Wave Gem ‘London Queen’

British pop star sings about living the dream in delightfully chugging “future Ramones” tune

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Charli XCX isn’t shy about giving one of her top collaborators credit for one of her favorite tracks on her December 16th LP Sucker: the jumpy New Wave tune “London Queen,” which you can hear exclusively here today. “I think Justin Raisen is one of the most amazing producers around right now, and he’s going to blow the fuck up in the next couple of years,” Charli tells Rolling Stone. The jittery “London Queen” sounds like “future Ramones,” Charli muses, telling us it was one of the few tracks that came to her in an almost-completed state. “That’s something that I would never usually do, take a song that’s basically almost been written for me, but it was a song that Justin made, and I was like, fuck, this song is so good and it feels like it’s about me.”

The 22-year-old U.K. pop singer/songwriter is previewing a handful of Sucker tracks on her current U.S. tour, which hits New York’s Webster Hall tomorrow night and continues through October 25th in San Francisco (see the full list of dates below). Sucker, which was recently pushed back two months to give some breathing room to Charli’s romantic smash “Boom Clap” (which also appears on the soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars), has a more raw, punky vibe. “I feel like I was doubted for a really long time and also kind of underrated,” she says, of the energy that fueled some of the album’s sessions. Pre-order the LP here.

October 7- New York, NY @ Webster Hall 
October 9 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 
October 10 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton 
October 11 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 
October 13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 
October 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
October 16 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
October 17 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
October 18 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 
October 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
October 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 
October 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre 
October 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s 

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