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How I'm Feeling Now
Charli XCX lying in bed and holding a camera
Studio album by
Released15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
Recorded6 April 2020 – 8 May 2020
StudioCharli XCX's home studio (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length37:00
Label
Producer
Charli XCX chronology
Charli
(2019)
How I'm Feeling Now
(2020)
Live from Austin
(2020)
Singles from How I'm Feeling Now
  1. "Forever"
    Released: 9 April 2020
  2. "Claws"
    Released: 23 April 2020
  3. "I Finally Understand"
    Released: 7 May 2020

How I'm Feeling Now (stylized in all lowercase) is the fourth studio album by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released on 15 May 2020. The album was released eight months after her previous album Charli (2019) and was made in a "do-it-yourself" collaborative process with her fans in the span of six weeks. The recording and title were inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Charli XCX, A. G. Cook and BJ Burton served as the album's executive producers.[4]

How I'm Feeling Now was preceded by the singles "Forever", "Claws" and "I Finally Understand" which were met with universally positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The album received critical acclaim, and was noted for its fusion of pop songwriting and experimental electronic production. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Mercury Prize.[5]

Background

On 13 September 2019, Charli XCX released her third studio album Charli. To celebrate the one month anniversary of Charli, Charli XCX announced that the album would not receive a deluxe edition and that she already began work on a new project.[6] Soon after, on 24 November 2019, Charli XCX announced on Twitter that she was planning to record two new albums in 2020, with plans to release both by 2021.[7] On 18 March 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Charli XCX began a self-isolating livestream series featuring artists such as Diplo, Clairo and Rita Ora.[8]

External video
"How I'm Feeling Now" Announcement Zoom, via YouTube

On 6 April 2020, Charli XCX announced through a public Zoom call with fans that she would be working on a new album in self-isolation, with the tentative title How I'm Feeling Now.[9] In the call, Charli XCX stated "The nature of this album is going to be very indicative of the times just because I'm only going to be able to use the tools I have at my fingertips to create all music, artwork, videos everything."[9] The entire project would be collaborative with her fans, using Zoom calls to share demos and text conversations with producers and ask fan input on single releases, song ideas, and artwork.[10] She also said in the stream that A. G. Cook and BJ Burton were among the people she was working with.[11] During the Zoom announcement, Charli XCX set a release date of 15 May 2020.[9][10]

On 30 April 2020, Charli XCX announced on Twitter the song titles that were currently considered for the track list and that the yet unreleased fan-favorite "Party 4 U" would be on the album as well.[12] The full tracklist and album cover were revealed on 13 May 2020, prior to the album's release.

Musical style

An electronic pop album,[1] How I'm Feeling Now is a continuation of the signature sound Charli XCX has specialized in since the 2016 release of EP Vroom Vroom, in which she embraced the futuristic pop music of Sophie and other musicians related to the PC Music label,[13][2][14] a style that has been variously referred to as "bubblegum bass" and "hyper-pop".[15][16][17][18] Kitty Empire of The Guardian described the album's music as "acrylic, outre, influencer club-pop," which "aggressively foregrounds its own artifice."[19] Variety's Jem Aswad characterized the production as "a shape-shifting mesh of shimmering synthesizers, driving bass, hard beats, swarms of voices and crashing mechanical sounds."[2] Although it is characterized as a formal album, critics have noted that How I'm Feeling Now is closer in style to her 2017 mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, as it is looser and more experimental than her self-titled album.[2][20] Charli XCX herself has described the album as "Pop 2's frantic emo younger sister."[21] Writing for Paste, Austin Jones felt: "Though the glitchy sound art and experimental edges of Pop 2 are missed, Charli deftly revives the techniques of the ’90s eurotrance scene that proved formative for her musical development."[22]

Singles

On 7 April 2020, Charli shared snippets of a song called "Forever" on social media. On 9 April 2020, she announced that "Forever" would be released as the lead single off the album at 11:30 PM PST and premiere on the BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac podcast. "Forever"'s official artwork was created by American artist Seth Bogart. Two additional artworks were also released for "Forever", by French artist Regards Coupables and American singer-songwriter Caroline Polachek, respectively.[23][24] The official music video for "Forever", featuring clips sent in from fans, was released on 17 April 2020.[25]

On 11 April 2020 she announced that she had chosen the next single, to be titled either "Claws" or "I Like".[26] On 14 April 2020 she announced that she had settled on "Claws" as the song title.[27] The official music video for "Claws" was remotely directed and edited by Charlotte Rutherford, and featured Aitchison's boyfriend Huck Kwong. It premiered on 1 May 2020.[28]

On 2 May 2020, Charli unveiled that she would release a third single before the album release titled "I Finally Understand" the following week.[29] It premiered on 7 May 2020.[30]

On the day of the album's release, "Enemy" was released as a promotional single from the album.[31]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.9/10[33]
Metacritic82/100[32]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Clash9/10[34]
Crack8/10[35]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[36]
DIY4/5 stars[37]
The Guardian4/5 stars[19]
The Independent4/5 stars[20]
NME4/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork7.7/10[38]
The Times4/5 stars[39]

How I'm Feeling Now was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 82, based on 16 reviews.[32]

Neil McCormick gave the album a perfect 5-star rating in his review for The Daily Telegraph, opining that it "has a directness, immediacy and intimacy that has eluded her before,"[36] while The Fader's Salvatore Maicki called it "indisputably cohesive and honest" in its exploration of emotional extremes.[40] Hannah Mylrea of NME called it a "glorious, experimental collection" and praised Aitchison's "knack for a killer pop hook" despite the "crunching production."[14] Similarly, Clash journalist Megan Warrender commended her "futuristic, unpredictable sound and penchant for an irresistible pop hook" as well as her display of "tenderness and vulnerability."[34] Tom Hull gave the album a B-plus and said that recording at home due to quarantine "doesn't allow her the usual kitchen sink pop production, but she cranks the synths up loud enough it doesn't matter."[41]

The album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize 2020.

Rankings

Critics' rankings of How I'm Feeling Now
PublicationListRankRef.
BillboardBillboard's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-YearN/A
Exclaim!33 Best Albums of 2020 So Far
22
PastePaste's 25 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year
20
Rolling StoneRolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-YearN/A
StereogumStereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2020 – Mid-Year
8
UproxxThe Best Albums of 2020 So Far
14

Commercial performance

How I'm Feeling Now debuted at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart, moving 2,145 units.[48]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Pink Diamond"2:04
2."Forever"
  • Cook
  • Burton
4:03
3."Claws"
Brady2:29
4."7 Years"
  • Cook
  • Burton
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
  • Burton
3:15
5."Detonate"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
3:39
6."Enemy"
Burton3:43
7."I Finally Understand"
  • Benjamin Keating
  • Aitchison
2:31
8."C2.0"
Cook3:40
9."Party 4 U"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
Cook4:56
10."Anthems"
  • Harle
  • Brady
  • Burton[a]
2:51
11."Visions"
  • Burton
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
  • Cook
  • Burton
3:49
Total length:37:00

Notes

  • ^[a] indicates an additional producer
  • All track titles are stylized in all lowercase letters.

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.[49]

Musicians

  • Charlotte Aitchison – lead and backing vocals (all tracks)
  • A. G. Cook – drum programming (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–9), synthesizer (1, 2, 4, 5, 7–9, 11), programming (2), xylophone (2), bass (7), drums (7), additional drum programming and synthesizer (7), backing vocals (9)
  • Dijon – drum programming (1), synthesizer (1)
  • BJ Burton – drum programming (2, 4, 6, 10, 11), programming (2), synthesizer (2, 6, 10, 11), remixing (4), Moog (5), bass (6), drums (6)
  • Dylan Brady – bass (3), drum programming (3, 8), drums (3), synthesizer (3, 8), sound effects (8)
  • Eli Teplin – keyboards (6)
  • Jim-E StackRoland paraphonic keyboard (6)
  • Benjamin Keating – backing vocals (7), bass (7), drum programming (7), drums (7), synthesizer (7)
  • Kim Petras – additional vocals (8)
  • Umru – bass (8), drum programming (8), sound designer (8), vibraphone (8)

Technical

  • Charlotte Aitchison – recording (all tracks), engineering (1, 4–6, 8–11)
  • BJ Burton – engineering (3, 5, 8), vocal production (1–3, 5, 6, 11)
  • A. G. Cook – engineering (9), vocal production (2, 5, 7–9, 11)
  • Stuart Hawkes – mastering (all tracks)
  • Geoff Swan – mixing (all tracks)
  • Dylan Brady – vocal production (3)
  • Benjamin Keating – vocal production (7)
  • Umru – vocal production (8)
  • Niko Battistini – assistant mix engineering (all tracks)

Charts

Chart performance for How I'm Feeling Now
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[50]37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[51]106
Irish Albums (OCC)[52]27
Japan Download Albums (Billboard Japan)[53]82
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[54]64
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[55]40
Scottish Albums (OCC)[56]48
UK Albums (OCC)[57]33
US Billboard 200[58]111

Release history

Release dates and formats for How I'm Feeling Now
RegionDateFormatLabel
Various15 May 2020
18 September 2020LP, CD[59]

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Veröffentlichungen von Charli XCX die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

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Charli XCX auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Charli XCX (2018)
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Charlotte Aitchison (* 2. August 1992 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire[1]), besser bekannt unter ihrem Künstlernamen Charli XCX, ist eine britische Sängerin und Songwriterin. Sie schrieb unter anderem Songs für Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Rita Ora, Britney Spears und Gwen Stefani.

Leben

Charli XCX ist die Tochter eines schottischen Vaters und einer indischen Mutter aus Uganda.[2] Sie begann mit acht Jahren, eigene Songs zu schreiben, und besuchte das Bishop’s Stortford College bis 2010.[3] Laut eigener Aussage besitzt sie eine Ton-Farb-Synästhesie, wodurch sie Töne durch verschiedene Farben wahrnimmt.[4]

Karriere

Charli XCX beim Auftritt auf dem Postivus Festival 2013

Mit 14 Jahren wurde Charli XCX eingeladen, auf einer Party in London zu spielen, nachdem der Veranstalter ihre Songs auf Myspace gehört hatte.[5]

2008 erschienen die Singles Emelline/Art Bitch und !Franchesckaar! woraufhin sie von This Is Music und IAMSOUND Records unter Vertrag genommen wurde. Später veröffentlichte Aitchison drei weitere Songs namens Stay Away, Nuclear Seasons und You’re the One, zu welchen auch Videos produziert wurden. Ende 2011 veröffentlichte sie zwei EPs. Charli XCX schrieb den Song I Love It, der später von dem schwedischen Duo Icona Pop aufgenommen wurde und hohe Chartplatzierungen erreichte. Als ein Produzent dem Duo den Song vorspielte, wollten diese ihn unbedingt aufnehmen.[6] Ihr erstes Album unter einem Major-Label erschien im April 2013 und heißt True Romance. Das Album wurde nach dem gleichnamigen Film von Quentin Tarantino benannt. Obwohl es bei Metacritic eine durchschnittliche Punktzahl von 77 von 100 bekam, konnte das Album international in keine Charts einsteigen.

Im Juni 2013 gab Charli XCX bekannt, dass sie an ihrem zweiten Album arbeitet. Zwischendurch veröffentlichte sie die Single SuperLove, welche trotz vorheriger Ankündigungen jedoch nicht auf dem Album erschien. Der Song erreichte Platz 62 in den britischen Singlecharts und war somit Charli XCXs erster Charteinstieg als Solokünstlerin in diesen Charts.[7] Am 17. Februar 2014 wurde die Single Fancy veröffentlicht, die in Zusammenarbeit von Iggy Azalea und Charli XCX entstand. Der Song erreichte international hohe Chartplatzierungen und war sowohl Azaleas, als auch Charli XCXs erster Nummer-eins-Hit in den Billboard Hot 100. Das Musikvideo zur Single ist eine Hommage an den Film Clueless – Was sonst! und war unter anderem in vier Kategorien bei den MTV Video Music Awards 2014, sowie in den Kategorien Record of the Year und Best Pop Duo or Group Performance bei den Grammy Awards 2015 nominiert. Ihre im Mai 2014 erschienene Single Boom Clap ist Teil des Soundtracks zum Film Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter und ist ebenfalls auf ihrem zweiten Album Sucker enthalten. Der Song erreichte die Top-10 in mehreren Ländern. Die zweite Single ihres zweiten Albums veröffentlichte Charli XCX am 25. August 2014 unter dem Namen Break the Rules. Im September 2014 gab Katy Perry bekannt, dass Charli XCX als Vorprogramm ihrer Europakonzerte im Rahmen der Prismatic World Tour auftritt.[8] Im November 2014 bot sie als Live-Act bei den MTV Europe Music Awards 2014, wo sie in den Kategorien Bester Newcomer und Bester Push Act nominiert war, Boom Clap and Break the Rules dar.[9] Im Januar 2015 fungierte Break the Rules als Titelsong der neunten Staffel von Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! und stieg daraufhin in die deutschen, österreichischen und schweizerischen Singlecharts ein. Die Nachfolgesingle Doing It mit Rita Ora erreichte die Top-10 im Vereinigten Königreich.

2016 erschien die Vroom Vroom EP, die einen Vorgeschmack auf das neue Album geben sollte. Ende 2016 veröffentlichte sie die Single After the Afterparty (mit Lil Yachty als Gastrapper). Diese war ursprünglich die Lead-Single des Albums geplant, wurde jedoch nach dem Erfolg der 2017 erschienenen Single Boys davon entfernt. Im März 2017 erschien ihr Mixtape Number 1 Angel. Ende desselben Jahres erschien ihr Mixtape Pop 2. Ursprünglich sollte das dritte Album im Mai 2017 erscheinen. Nachdem jedoch viele unbekannte Songs, welche ursprünglich für das dritte Album geplant und produziert worden waren, im Sommer desselben Jahres illegal im Internet aufgetaucht worden waren, wurde die Veröffentlichung des Albums auf unbestimmte Zeit verschoben. Seit Mai 2018 trat sie mit der Sängerin Camila Cabello im Vorprogramm der Reputation-Tour von Taylor Swift auf. Ende Mai veröffentlichte Charli XCX die Single 5 In The Morning, Ende Juni die Doppelsingle Focus/No Angel und Ende Juli die Single Girls Night Out. Anfang Oktober kündigte Charli ihre neue Single 1999 an, eine Zusammenarbeit mit dem Sänger Troye Sivan, die am 5. Oktober veröffentlicht wurde und auf Platz 13 der britischen Charts einstieg. Im Mai 2019 veröffentlichte Charli XCX die neue Single ihres dritten Albums Blame It On Your Love in Zusammenarbeit mit der US-Sängerin und Rapperin Lizzo. Anschließend stellte sie auf Festivals zwei neue Songs aus ihrem dritten Album vor, ferner einen neuen Song namens Gone (in Kollaboration mit der französischen Sängerin Christine and the Queens) auf dem Primvera Festival und eine zweite Troye Sivan Kollaboration namens 2099 auf dem von Troye Sivan organisierten Go West Festival. Am 7. Juni 2019 erschien der Song Dream Glow vom Spiel "BTS WORLD", den sie zusammen mit den Sängern Jungkook, Jimin und Jin von der Kpop-Band BTS sang. Im September 2019 erschien Charli XCX’ drittes Studioalbum unter dem Namen Charli.

Musikalischer Stil

Charli XCXs Musik wird mit dem charakteristischen Synthiepop der 1980er verglichen und dazu mit der Gespensterhaftigkeit von Siouxsie Sioux oder der frühen Madonna.[10] Ihre Einflüsse gibt sie unter anderem mit Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kate Bush, Lil Wayne und Quentin Tarantino an.[11][12] Einzelne Quellen ordnen Charli XCXs Musik als Goth Pop, Dark Pop oder Elektropop ein.[13][14]

Bedeutung des Namens

Die Bedeutung ihres Künstlernamens ist bisher nicht eindeutig von ihr erklärt worden. In einem Interview mit der Musikzeitschrift Rolling Stone erklärte sie, dass das XCX in ihrem Künstlernamen für nichts Besonderes stehe, sondern alles repräsentiere, was sie bisher gemacht hat. Sie habe den Namen gewählt, weil er cool aussehe und einprägsam sei.[15] In einem Interview mit Details hingegen erklärte sie, ihr Künstlername stehe für Kiss Charli Kiss und entstamme ihrem MSN-Messenger-Namen. Da sie diese Bezeichnung jedoch als zu langweilig empfand, erzählte sie ihrem Musiklabel, dass es für "X-rated Cunt X-rated" (X-rated bezeichnet eine Altersfreigabe für stark sexuelle Inhalte, die nicht jugendfrei sind; meist werden Pornofilme mit dieser Freigabe versehen, Cunt ist englisch für Fotze) stünde.[5]

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
DE DEAT ATCH CHUK UKUS US
2013True RomanceUK85
(1 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 12. April 2013
2014SuckerDE57
(1 Wo.)DE
AT44
(2 Wo.)AT
CH33
(2 Wo.)CH
UK15
(6 Wo.)UK
US28
(8 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 15. Dezember 2014
2019CharliDE91
(1 Wo.)DE
AT73
(1 Wo.)AT
CH54
(1 Wo.)CH
UK14
(2 Wo.)UK
US42
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. September 2019
2020How I’m Feeling NowUK33
(1 Wo.)UK
US111
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 15. Mai 2020

Künstlerauszeichnungen

  • Teen Choice Awards 2014: Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song (Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy)
  • SESAC Pop Awards 2014: Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year

Quellen

  1. Charli XCX Biography. In: starpulse.com. Abgerufen am 16. Mai 2014 (englisch).
  2. Chris Tinkham: Charli XCX This Is Me. In: undertheradarmag.com. 12. September 2013, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  3. Alex Needham: Brit Pop Girls. In: Interview. 27. Juli 2009, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  4. Mark Savage: Charli XCX: Pop, punk and synaesthesia. In: BBC News. 12. Dezember 2013, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  5. a b Laurence Lowe: Q&A: Charli XCX. In: Details. 1. Februar 2013, abgerufen am 22. Dezember 2014 (englisch).
  6. Christine Werthman: Q&A: Icona Pop. (Nicht mehr online verfügbar.) CMJ, 19. Dezember 2012, archiviert vom Original am 28. Dezember 2013; abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2
  7. CHARLI XCX - UK Singles Chart. Official Charts Company, abgerufen am 24. Februar 2015 (englisch).
  8. 💘EUROPE!💘 @charli_xcx is going to get prismatic with us next February & March! Excited to welcome her to #ThePrismaticWorldTour! 4. September 2014, abgerufen am 17. September 2014.
  9. Let's Revisit Charli XCX's Perfect MTV EMAs Performance, Huffington Post, 9. November 2014
  10. Caramanica, Jon: Untamed and Unabashed. Rolling Stone, 11. März 2012, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  11. British pop starlet Charli XCX, the particularly grown-up 21-year-old. Nashville Scene, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  12. Charli XCX | Biography. AllMusic, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  13. Q&A: Charli XCX: Music + Books. Details, 1. Februar 2013, abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).
  14. Jamieson Cox: Album Review: Lorde-Curated ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Soundtrack Is a Stellar Sonic Balancing Act. In: Billboard. 18. November 2014, abgerufen am 29. September 2015 (englisch).
  15. Colleen Nika: Dark Star Rising: Charli XCX Talks Rave Roots and Her Colorful Future. In: Rolling Stone. Abgerufen am 17. September 2014 (englisch).

Weblinks

Commons: Charli XCX – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien

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