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Charli XCX announces new album, tour, and releases single ‘New Shapes’

The new track features Christine And The Queens and Caroline Polachek, along with a huge list of collaborators on new album 'CRASH'

By Hollie Geraghty

Charli XCX wears a bikini with blood dripping down her head in a press shot
'CRASH' (Photo: Press)

Charli XCX has announced her fifth album ‘CRASH’ and released new single ‘New Shapes’, featuring Christine And The Queens and Caroline Polachek.

She has also announced a huge North American and European tour following the release of the album, which is out on March 18, 2022.

​​“Today I, the iconic global pop star Charli XCX, am announcing ‘CRASH’, my highly-anticipated forthcoming album,” the singer said in a statement.

“I was able to possess and persuade an incredible group of producers and collaborators to contribute to ‘CRASH’ by using my femme fatale powers and a multitude of dark spells and curses.”

Listen to ‘Shapes’ below. 

Collaborators and producers on the album include: A. G. Cook, George Daniel, Deaton Chris Anthony, Lotus IV, Caroline Polachek, Christine And The Queens, Oscar Holter, Digital Farm Animals, Rina Sawayama, Ian Kirkpatrik, Jason Evigan, Justin Raisen, Ariel Rechtshaid, Ilya, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jon Shave and Mike Wise. 

“They will all remain locked in my basement forever,” Charli added.

The ‘Crash’ announcement follows her last single ‘Good Ones’, a track that signalled a “new chapter” for the singer “in which I embraced all that the life of a pop figurehead has to offer in today’s world – celebrity, obsession and global hits”.

She added: “If you don’t stream ‘New Shapes’ or purchase tickets to the tour you will most definitely burn in hell.”

The pop singer has previously teased that the new album will make people “dance and cry”.

Speaking to InStyle, she said: “It’s kind of all sex and sexuality. It can make people dance and cry at the same time. It’s a vibe.”

Tour tickets go on sale here on November 12, with pre-sale beginning November 10.

Find the full tour schedule below.

MARCH 2022
26 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
29 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

APRIL 2022
01 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
03 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
06 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
08 – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
09 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
10 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
12 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
13 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
15 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
16 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
18 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
20 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
22 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
23 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
25 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
26 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
28 – Palace Theatre – Saint Paul, MN
29 – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

MAY 2022
13 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
15 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
17 – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
18 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
19 – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
21 – UEA – Norwich, UK
22 – O2 Academy – Sheffield, UK
23 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
25 – Trianon – Paris, France
27 – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium
28 – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utrecht, Netherlands
30 – Astra – Berlin, Germany
31 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany

JUNE 2022
02 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain
04 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
07 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
09 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain