Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX pushed back the release date of her much-anticipated new album Sucker because her single “Boom Clap” just keeps going and going. But the singer still launched a U.S. headlining tour, taking the risky move of performing new music that her fans weren’t familiar with. Luckily, she says it’s paid off for her.
“I have been doing a lot of new songs and, y’know, it’s quite nerve-wracking for me because that’s the first time they’ll hear the new songs, like, me playing them live,” she tells ABC News Radio. “There isn’t like an MP3 of them, or whatever. So I was kinda scared.” But since she launched the tour at the end of September, she says, things have been going great.
“They all seem to really like it,” she adds. “And they all know [the songs], so that’s really cool for me. I’m so proud of this record and I can’t wait to play it live in bigger rooms next year.”
As for what kind of fans have been coming out to see her each night, Charli says, “It’s pretty much all over the map but definitely, like, the front rows, and the craziest fans, are, like, young girls and beautiful gay boys. And I’m so happy for that!”
Charli will wrap up the tour this Saturday in San Francisco, California. Next month, she’ll perform on the American Music Awards, where she’s also a nominee, and will then play a series of Christmas concerts across the country. In February, she’ll be Katy Perry‘s opening act when Katy’s PRISMATIC world tour hits Europe.
Meanwhile, Sucker arrives December 16 and “Boom Clap” shows no signs of slowing down. Has the ongoing success of the track, which is her first big U.S. hit as a solo artist, surprised Charli?
“It really has,” she tells ABC News Radio. “You know, I’ve seen songs that I’ve written blow up and be around for a long time, but it’s very strange when it happens to your own song, and I really didn’t expect it. And I’m honored, and kinda freaked out, but it’s awesome!”
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