The Billboard Women in Music Hitmaker honoree talks about building her own empire to rival the hip-hop star's and her hit-making streak.
"This time last year I just wanted to move on from 'I Love It,'" says Charli XCX, referring to the mega-smash she wrote and regifted to Swedish duo Icona Pop in 2012. "I had just begun to write for other people. I wanted to focus on that, and make a really great record in Sweden -- a punk record." Since then, the British 22-year-old has solidified her reputation as a glamorous and outspoken pop polymath, collaborating on another huge hit for another big star (Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"); securing her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 solo single with "Boom Clap," from the soundtrack to The Fault in Our Stars; and completing work on her riotous new album, Sucker, out this month.
But already, Charli is on to the next thing. "I just really want to be in the studio and make the next record and listen to loads of J-pop and go to Japan."