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For the last handful of decades, pop music has been the United Kingdom's most prominent export delivered to the United States. As time has gone on, our big brother nation has continued to be two steps ahead when it comes to musical style, and that sibling domination seems to be thriving. Their latest product comes in the form of Charli XCX, a sexed-up personification of pop pandemic who swiftly caught the attention of her home nation with her synthy tunes and rock star attitude, is currently enveloping the States with the release of her debut LP True Romance (out 4/16 via IAMSOUND).

During her stay in the U.S., Charli swung through Austin, making her big stop at the Gorilla Vs. Bear party at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel. Charli XCX will bring out the party-hungry teen in everyone, even the most stoic grandpas.

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What's up Austin? How you doing? I'm Charli XCX.
Dancing, in the darkness
Pink and lilac.
Keep the silence
Crystals on the skyline
Cut the midnight ultra violet
You're the one who can make me stay
You're the only one who makes me feel this way
You're the one who's been stealing stars
Your golden arrow went through my heart.
You're the one who can turn the page
You're the one who came along and unlocked the cage
Now I'm dancing in the dark
Flying Flying through the black night, You're the angel in the moonlight
Running through the thunder.
Undercover. Silver lover
You're the one who can make me stay
You're the only one who makes me feel this way
You're the one who's been stealing stars
Your golden arrow went through my heart.
You're the one who can turn the page
You're the one who came along and unlocked the cage
Now I'm dancing in the dark
You're the one who can make me stay
You're the only one who makes me feel this way
You're the one who's been stealing stars
Your golden arrow went through my heart.
You're the one who can turn the page
You're the one who came along and unlocked the cage
Now I'm dancing in the dark
You're the one who can make me stay
You're the only one who makes me feel this way
You're the one who's been stealing stars
Your golden arrow went through my heart.
You're the one who can turn the page
You're the one who came along and unlocked the cage
Now I'm dancing in the dark.
Yeah I'm dancing in the darkness
Three years before I was feeling so heartless
But your burn shined through.
Now I'm drinking love potion when I lay next to you.
It's a criminal feeling
Happiness cries and the tears are dreaming
My body is screaming I'm staying right here no I'll never be leaving
Thank you very much! How are you guys doing? Cool.
This song's called "Lock You Up.
" It's a long way home, but I'm making my way
With so many things still left to say
I try to think about the one I need the most
When my mind goes black.
And then it hits me like a ton of bricks
I love you, not nothing else.
I want to lock you up inside my heart
I always wanted you, sometimes it's hard
What do I do to lock you up inside my heart?
I wanted you from the start.
I want to lock you up inside my heart
Nothing says tomorrow is a guarantee
There's no way of knowing that you'll be with me
As I walk upon the edge of no escape In the world so flat
And then it hits me like a bolt of faith
I love you, not nothing else.
I want to lock you up inside my heart
I always wanted you, sometimes it's hard
What do I do to lock you up inside my heart?
I wanted you from the start.
I want to lock you up inside my heart
What do I do to lock you up inside my heart?
I want to lock you up
We won't stay, we run.
Love like melting suns
Please don't leave, don't run Why don't you stay in tonight?
Taste my lips.
Don't let go
I'm in your head.
I'm in your head. I'm in your head
I'm in your head, oh, oh, oh
I always wanted you, sometimes it's hard
What do I do to lock you up inside my heart?
I wanted you from the start.
I want to lock you up inside my heart
What do I do to lock you up inside my heart?
I want to lock you up inside my heart
What do I do to lock you up inside my heart?
I want to lock you up
I want to lock you up inside my heart
- All right, I want to see you move to this.
It's called "What I Like.
" You call me up at 6, come around, undressing in my house again
Your t-shirt's on the floor, yeah we're undressing in my house again
You know just what I like
You call me up at 6, come around, undressing in my house again
Your t-shirt's on the floor, yeah we're undressing in my house again
You know just what I like
Used to come around, you'd be knocking on my front door
Playing board-games, horror films with the secret door
Thought that you were cute from the start
Yeah I'm pretty sure
You were like the medicine, the medicine I wanted more
All along I wanted someone to ride with
Found the guy I want the rest of my life with
We on some husband and wife shit
I don't really care, because I know that I like it
And when the clouds part open.
When the last word is spoken
When the last heart's been broken
We'll be sitting on your bedroom floor still smoking
And when the clouds part open.
When the last word is spoken
When the last heart's been broken
We'll be sitting on your bedroom floor still smoking
Smoking, smoking
You call me up at 6, come around, undressing in my house again
Your t-shirt's on the floor, yeah we're undressing in my house again
You know just what I like
You call me up at 6, come around, undressing in my house again
Your t-shirt's on the floor, yeah we're undressing in my house again
You know just what I like
Oh now I got a plan, I hope you gonna be my man
I can see us cushy in the house right by the ocean sand
And when I'm one to cry, I hope you gonna hold my hand
And when they shake us down I hope you're gonna take a stand
This shit is super wild, this shit is super cool
This shit is kinda gangsta, I think I'm into you
This shit is super wild, this shit is super cool
This shit is kinda gangsta, I think I'm into you
You call me up at 6, come around, undressing in my house again
Your t-shirt's on the floor, yeah we're undressing in my house again
You know just what I like
You call me up at 6, come around, undressing in my house again
Your t-shirt's on the floor, yeah we're undressing in my house again
You know just what I like
Yeah we got a situation
Locked down and we're trapped in the basement
I'm a victim of pro-placement.
Because you act and sound level
Trying to pull across your statement.
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Because I know, you're strong though.
Jump when you see love grow
You, you lied, ha ha ha ha, I was right
All alone, you're dumb, You're dumb, you fucked it up
Because we used to be the cool kids.
You were old school
I was on the new shit We were addicted to the blueprint
But we threw it in the flame and now we're never gonna trace it
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Because we used to be the cool kids You were old school
I was on the new shit.
We were addicted to the blueprint
But we threw it in the flame and now we're never gonna trace it
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Because I know, you're strong though.
Jump when you see love grow
You, you lied, ha ha ha ha, I was right, ha ha ha
All alone, you're dumb You're dumb, you fucked it up
And now you're walking on your own
The rain falls down, I'm not answering my phone
I got to phase you out my zone
Hope you realize now that I am never coming home
For you were meant to be alone
You, you lied, ha ha ha ha, I was right, ha ha ha
All alone, you're dumb.
Ha ha ha
You're dumb, you fucked it up.
Ha ha ha
It's the front.
You're done, you're dumb, you fucked it up
You choke my throat with words of wonder
You make it hard to breathe.
Your love's so cold
Just like an arrow pierced through my skin I bleed
I knew you were no angel.
But god, what did I do?
Oh
Do you remember what I said that first time we met?
Stay away, why couldn't you stay away? I never needed anyone
But now that you are gone, stay away, won't you just stay away?
Taking all my light and blocking out my vision
Bad little girl you have trapped in the prison
On my hands on my knees pulled on the chains
Licking up the blood yeah I made this decision
You took my light.
Trapped in the prison
You threw away the key.
You are the curse
I am the captive.
Walking on hands and knees
Never learn, never learn, never learn, never learn
I knew you were no angel But god you're just electric blue
Oh
Do you remember what I said that first time we met?
Stay away, why couldn't you stay away? I never needed anyone
But now that you are gone, stay away, won't you just stay away
Stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away
Stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away
Stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away
Stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away
I climbed a wall to touch your shadow
I hear you call for me, but you're not there
You're just an echo.
Why did you fall for me?
Do you remember what I said that first time we met?
Stay away, why couldn't you stay away? I never needed anyone
But now that you are gone, stay away, won't you just stay away?
Stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away, stay away
Why couldn't you stay away? Stay away, stay away, stay away
Stay away, stay away, stay away, won't you just stay away?
- Thank you.
I'm Charli XCX, by the way.
This next song's called "Nuclear Seasons.
" When you go please don't leave your love in the sun
My heart would melt away.
In the night with your twisted tongue
When you drop the bomb I'm blown away
Because I refuse to hide in the page of your story
I come out the box, I won't say I'm sorry
We in the nuclear seasons, in the shelter I survived this road
We in the nuclear seasons, summer loving in the backseat gone
Now I'm facing this on my own because you tasted the blast
and it shook your bones.
I'm a warrior all alone
in the field of lies.
I won't go home
Because I didn't burn my skin in the blaze of glory
I come out your hands.
I won't say I'm sorry
We in the nuclear seasons, in the shelter I survived this road
We in the nuclear seasons, summer loving in the backseat gone
We survived nuclear seasons.
We survived nuclear seasons
Oh, oh
I can feel it, I can feel the fear I can feel it, inside of her soul
Inside of the soul
We in the nuclear seasons, in the shelter I survived this road
Oh, oh
We in the nuclear seasons, summer loving in the backseat gone
Oh, oh
We survived nuclear seasons.
Oh, oh.
We survived nuclear seasons. Oh, oh
We survived nuclear seasons.
Oh, oh.
We survived nuclear seasons. Oh oh
Darkness
Thank you so much.
My name is Charli XCX and this is my last song.
Thank you very much for having me.
This is called "Grins.
" Oh
Wish you could see me when I'm lying in bed
My eyes are blinded by your stars.
My blood is blushing so red
I can see you in my head again Arrows and bows will shoot me dead again
Wish you could see me when I'm lying in bed
My eyes are blinded by your stars.
My blood is blushing so red
I can see you in my head again Arrows and bows will shoot me dead again
Let my car run out.
I won't scream or shout
Because it feels like I'm in heaven dancing with an angel
Cars burn out, I lost my breath now because it feels like I am falling
through the clouds
Hope we're on the same wavelength.
Hope you don't think that I'm crazy
Beaches and oceans for my baby.
Hurry up and come and save me
I can't quite hear what you're saying because my body started shaking
Beaches and oceans, love is quaking.
That's my heart that you were breaking
Wish you could see me when I'm lying in bed
My eyes are blinded by your stars.
My blood is blushing so red
I can see you in my head again.
Arrows and bows will shoot me dead again
Wish you could see me when I'm lying in bed
My eyes are blinded by your stars.
My blood is blushing so red
I can see you in my head again.
Arrows and bows will shoot me dead
Let my car run out.
I won't scream or shout
Because it feels like I'm in heaven dancing with an angel
Cars burn out, I've lost my breath now because it feels like I am falling
through the clouds
Hope we're on the same wavelength.
Hope you don't think that I'm crazy
Beaches and oceans for my baby.
Hurry up and come and save me
I can't quite hear what you're saying because my body started shaking
Beaches and oceans, love is quaking.
That's my heart that you were breaking
No one is forever
No, no, no.
No one is forever, ever
No one is forever, ever, ever, ever, ever
- Thank you so much! Peace out! I'm Charli XCX!

Artist Bio

Charli XCX is an English singer-songwriter. She released two singles in 2008, "Emelline/Art Bitch" and "!Francesckaar!". She was signed to This Is Music and IAMSOUND Records, before releasing four more singles, "Stay Away", "Nuclear Seasons", "You're the One" and "So Far Away". Charli XCX released two EPs and an early album sampler in late 2011, as well as the EP You're the One in the US on 12 June 2012 and in the UK on 17 September, to anticipate her debut album, due out in February 2013.

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