Charli XCX has really broke out into her own this year. After co-writing and singing on one of this summer's biggest hits, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy", Charli has completely stolen the spotlight.
"Boom Clap" cemented her place in the music industry as a solo artist and an amazing songwriter with a knack for writing incredibly catchy hooks.
But before Charli, real name Charlotte Aitchison, became the chart-topping Charli XCX that we know today, do you remember her as the brooding, synth-loving singer?
"Nuclear Seasons" and "You're The One" are tracks off her You're The One EP. Her music videos, incredibly cool and trippy, were made by her ex-boyfriend Ryan Andrews. Compare "Nuclear Seasons" and "You're The One" to her most recent effort "Break The Rules."
Yes, her newer stuff is catchy, but is it necessarily better?
We miss the old Charli. We miss the crazy, psychedelic videos and the darkness of it all. But it's the classic case of major label deals. The old Charli was more underground, the new Charli has more pop sensibility and mass appeal.
According to Charli, her previous music was "cool", BUT it's not who she is as a person and she struggled with that. "When I was 16, I felt so much pressure to write a cool album because I thought I was so uncool. On this record, I don't care if people think I'm dorky or too happy."
Her second studio album Sucker is set to release in December. Please Charli, mix it up and bring back some of the old stuff. Your OG fans need it.