Charli XCX Strikes with 'Boom Clap' During MTV VMAs Pre-Show

Backstage before the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with Charli XCX
Jessica Chou

Charli XCX with the Moon Man before the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 21, 2014.

Three months after taking the 2014 Billboard Music Awards stage with Iggy Azalea to perform their Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Fancy," Charli XCX blasted through her own solo Top 10 hit during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter tore through "Boom Clap" outside of The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday night (Aug. 24).

Charli XCX was all business while emulating the cult classic "Jawbreaker" with her outfit and being backed by an all-female band; starting the song next to two guitarists, the British artist ended up on a white platform next to a collection of drummers for the song's breakdown. Immediately following the performance, Charli told MTV that Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea and all of the producers that she's worked with throughout her years as a songwriter had helped her reach this point of solo stardom.

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"Boom Clap" entered the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart dated Aug. 23, and the single from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack slips to No. 11 on this week's chart. Charli XCX has previously been listed as a featured artist on the Top 10 hits "Fancy" by Azalea (who's up for eight VMAs this year) and "I Love It" by Icona Pop.

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Last week, XCX announced that Sucker, her sophomore album, will be released on Oct. 21 through Neon Gold/Atlantic Records. The follow-up to last year's True Romance has been previewed by the lead single "Break The Rules."


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