PICS: Charli XCX at Viejas Arena

Boom clap: Charli XCX trotted out pure electro-pop hits in spectacular fashion at Viejas Arena on Nov. 5.

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The electro-pop star, born Charlotte Emma Aitchison, hails from the UK -- she was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England and attended Bishop's Stortford College.
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She started writing songs when she was 14 years old. In early 2008, she began posting those songs and other demos on her Myspace page.
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Fun fact: "Charli XCX" is actually her MSN Messenger name when she was younger. Looks like it stuck!
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In May 2011, she released the singles "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons," both of which garnered Best New Track accolades from Pitchfork. The following year, she released her first mixtape, "Heartbreaks and Earthquakes" and supported Santigold and Coldplay on tour. She then released her second mixtape titled "Super Ultra" exclusively through her website.
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XCX co-wrote and contributed vocals to the huge smash hit, "I Love It," which was recorded by Swedish pop duo Icona Pop. It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.
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She followed that up with two acclaimed singles "You're the One" (named one of the 20 Best Songs of 2012 by Billboard) and "You (Ha Ha Ha)," which was listed by Spin and Consequence of Sound as one of the best songs of 2013.
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Charli XCX released her debut studio album "True Romance" in April of 2013 with the single "What I Like." It reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
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Interesting tidbit: XCX experiences sound-to-color synaesthesia, where she literally sees music in colors. She's said: "I love music that's black, pink, purple or red -- but I hate music that's green, yellow, or brown."
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In early 2014, she was featured on Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's single "Fancy." The song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later that year, she contributed the song "Boom Clap" to the soundtrack for the film "The Fault in Our Stars." The song would peak at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 6 in the UK. It was also featured on Charli XCX's sophomore album "Sucker."
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Charli XCX is a prolific and highly successful songwriter -- not only does she write her own material but also for other artists, too, including Ryn Weaver, Sky Ferreira, Neon Jungle, Rihanna, and Gwen Stefani (among others).
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On July 26 of this year, XCX released "Boys" as the first single from her upcoming third studio album. The corresponding video received almost 2 million views within 24 hours after its release.
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At her Nov. 5 show, Charli XCX performed "Dreamer," "I Love It," "Break the Rules," "Boys," "Fancy" and "Boom Clap." Come back to San Diego, soon!
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