Charli XCX says new album will “make people dance and cry at the same time”

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The Good Ones artist is teasing her eagerly-anticipated fifth album.

Charli XCX has discussed her forthcoming LP in a new interview with InStyle. The singer is gearing up to release her fifth album – the follow-up to 2020’s how i’m feeling now – next year.

Speaking on the new album, which is inspired by the 80s, XCX told InStyle: “It’s kind of all about sex and sexuality”. 

“It can make people dance and cry at the same time,” she added. “It’s a vibe.” 

The album’s title is yet to be announced, however XCX has teased what appears to be a release date over on Instagram, sharing a picture of a headstone with the date March 18 2022 on it.


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Last month, XCX released her first solo single of 2021, and the lead single for the upcoming LP, Good Ones. The song landed alongside a Hannah Lux Davis-directed music video, with XCX explaining in a statement that the track and visual aesthetic marked a “new era” for her. The previously teased headstone also featured in the video. 

Her Best Song Ever podcast also launched earlier this summer, featuring conversations with Caroline Polachek, Christine and the Queens, Beabadoobee and more. Both projects follow collaborative musical efforts such as her Drama remix with Bladee and Mechatok, alongside her Xcxoplex remix with A.G. Cook. Earlier this year, XCX also formed a “supergroup” with The 1975 and No Rome.

The artist also worked on a quarantine documentary which premiered at this year’s SXSW film festival. The project, Alone Together, documented the recording process behind how i’m feeling now.

Revisit the Charli XCX cover story, and watch our 2019 documentary on her below.