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Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama plead for love to stay in ‘Beg For You’

Rina appears on Charli’s Crash LP out March 18

By Althea Legaspi

Charli xcx and Rina Sawayama pose in a composite image
Charli xcx; Rina Sawayama. (Picture: Press; John Marshall)

Charli XCX has teamed up with Rina Sawayama for her new single “Beg for You.” The track will appear on Charli XCX’s upcoming Crash album arriving on March 18.

British producer Digital Song Animal produced the track, which features a sample of Petra Marklund’s dance hit “Cry for You,” performed under the moniker September. The two exchange verses about missing their respective loves when they depart, reminiscing about intimate moments when they’re gone.

“Oh don’t you leave me this way/Won’t you wait another hour or two,” Charli sings on the chorus. “You know I need you to stay/Don’t make me beg for you, ’cause I’ll beg for you.”

The single follows previously released LP song “New Shapes,” Charli’s collaboration with Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens that dropped in November. Charli was scheduled as a musical guest for Saturday Night Live last month, but due to a lighter crew as a result of the Omicron surge, she instead appeared in a pre-recorded music segment with Paul Rudd called “Christmas Socks.”

Last September, Charli shared ‘Good Ones’, the first taste of her fifth album ‘CRASH‘, which is released on March 18.

She also released a song collaboration with Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens, ‘New Shapes‘, last November, which appears on her new album.

Sawayama has also teased what to expect for her next record, sharing that writing on Zoom during lockdown “somehow they yielded good songs”.

Speaking in a recent interview with Music Week, the singer said that she is trying to round up the writing process for her second studio album, which she hopes will be out this year.

“So much of it was written during lockdown on Zoom sessions, which I hated. But somehow they yielded good songs,” she said.