About the only thing I knew about singer/songwriter Charli XCX, born Charlotte Emma Aitchison 23 years ago, is that she wrote Icona Pop’s weird international hit “I Love It.” (Charli is listed as “featured” on the track, though apparently she joins in only on the one line “I don’t care/I love it,” and she doesn’t appear in the video. And the only reason I know “I Love It” is because I happened upon a note-perfect parody called “I Ship It,” devoted to implausible fanfiction, something I know a little bit about.
Charli has been making music since her teens, and she shares the blame for Iggy Azalea’s irritating but catchy “Fancy,” lampooned by “Weird Al” Yankovic as “Handy.” But Charli’s own stuff works pretty decently on its own terms. “Nuclear Seasons” was the first track on (and the second single from) her 2013 album True Romance:
With all the graphic gizmos cleared away, we see her this way:
And what’s the deal with the Roman numerals, if that’s what they are? Hint: they aren’t:
Well, people have speculated that it means “Kiss Kiss,” but I really just chose the name because I thought it looked cool and sounded catchy. Of course, when I was signed to my record label, I suddenly felt like it needed to stand for something. So I told my label that it could mean, “X-Rated Content” or something like that, and everyone there just kind of looked at me as if I was crazy. They were all probably thinking, “Oh, no, what did we get ourselves into?!” But really, at the moment, it just stands for everything I’ve done so far.
Whatever the heck that means.