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Charli XCX reveals she’s signed a new record contract

The singer's 2022 album ‘Crash’ was the fifth and final release in her major label deal with Atlantic

By Hollie Geraghty

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Charli XCX poses for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Jack Bridgland)

Charli XCX has announced that she has signed a new recording contract.

Back in 2020, the pop star – whose real name is Charlotte Emma Aitchison – said that her latest album Crash would be her fifth and final record in her major label deal she signed with Atlantic.

 “It felt interesting to me to use moments of that process to make this final album as somebody who has really navigated the major label record system since I was 16 in completely on my own terms,” she told Rolling Stone UK in a digital cover interview.

Now, the singer has revealed that she has signed a “brand new recording contract” for “two albums”, as revealed in British Vogue‘s ‘In The Bag’ YouTube series. In the video, which went live yesterday (February 21), the singer says she “signed it yesterday”, though the time period isn’t specified. “We’re in business!” she added.

No details about the contract have been officially disclosed, but fans in the comments expressed excitement about the prospect of new music soon.

Elsewhere, earlier this month, Grimes voices her support for Charli after the singer-songwriter addressed her Grammy Awards snub.

Despite Crash reaching number one on both sides of the Atlantic, she was not nominated in any categories at the music awards.

Charli took to social media to share her thoughts, captioning an Instagram selfie: “me not being nominated for a grammy for crash is like mia goth not being nominated for an oscar for pearl and only further proves that people don’t wanna see hot evil girls thrive.”

 Grimes, who has never been nominated for a Grammy, weighed in with a message of support for Charli.

“The Grammies are so irrelevant I wouldn’t even sweat it,” she wrote in a comment on the post. “I stopped even clocking them in any capacity when I Was on the producer of the year board and they quite literally would not allow me to nominate anyone who wasn’t on a pre fabricated list that was exceptionally boring. I was one of 3 women and the only person under 40 for sure. It’s literally not a relevant thing.” 

Grimes added that she’d previously tried to put late producer SOPHIE forward for an award, only to have the request refused. “I tried to nominate Sophie and was told that wasn’t allowed.”

Charli expressed similar disappointment at this year’s all male BRIT awards nominees for Artist Of The Year (which went to Harry Styles), telling a reporter on the record carpet: “I’ve heard a lot of chat about the fact there weren’t enough females in album cycle and that’s why no one was nominated.

“But, I was in album cycle and I had a Number One album.”

She went on: “There’s many of us, so I don’t know. You should ask them. We’re doing everything right. I don’t think it’s our fault. I think it might be theirs.”

Meanwhile, Charli and The 1975 drummer George Daniel recently remixed a new version of Caroline Polachek’s single ‘Welcome To My Island’, from her new album Desire, I Want To Turn Into You.