Why Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff Are the Ultimate Odd-Couple Touring Partners -- Strip Clubs for Her, 'Lord of the Rings' for Him!

Charlie XCX and Jack Antonoff perform on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on June 5, 2015 in New York City.
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Charlie XCX and Jack Antonoff perform on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on June 5, 2015 in New York City.  

Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff are joining forces on the Charli and Jack Do America co-headlining tour, which began July 21. They're both alt-pop powerhouses, but when it comes to their respective road habits, the British songstress, 22, and the Bleachers/Fun. member, 31, are polar opposites.

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Preshow Rituals

Charli XCX: "Me and my crew party. I make this drink with vodka, champagne, cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice and Red Bull. It sounds awful, but it's good. It gets me f--ed up!"

Antonoff: "I slowly cut up a coconut with a machete and eat the whole thing. It's relaxing -- my form of meditation."

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Postshow Debauchery

Charli XCX "Strip clubs! Our favorite is in Fort Lauderdale, [Fla.], called Pure Platinum. If we can't go to one, we'll get all of our money changed into ones before we get on the bus and throw it in the air!"

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Backstage Playlist

Charli XCX: ?"Britney Spears, Spice Girls. We play, Khia's 'My Neck, My Back.' "

Antonoff: "I don't really listen to a lot of music because I like to stay focused on imagining what that night's show is going to sound like."

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Tour-Bus Chilling

Charli XCX: "I have a bedroom on the bus and an all-girl band, so we have slumber parties with popcorn and ice cream. We'll be really girly and feel like Josie & The Pussycats."

Antonoff: "We watch movies. We'll do all of the Lord of the Rings from start to finish."

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Must-Pack Item

Charli XCX: "A good pair of platform shoes to go out in, perform in and just be a sleazy girl in."

Antonoff: "Alcohol swabs. Nothing brings me more comfort than using them on my phone and glasses. I feel extremely clean and sheltered from the world."

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Charli XCX: "Jack and I have decided we're going to get pedicures together once a week. He also wants to play sports, like baseball. We both have studios on our buses, so we'll be able to write together. We get on really well, and when you're with somebody on the road that's really important."

Listen to Jack, Charli, and more music from this issue on the Spotify playlist below:

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of Billboard.


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