British singer/songwriter Charli XCX showed up at the MTV EMAs to present to Justin Bieber one of his many awards Sunday night in Milan. But there was just one thing on her mind: Adele’s new album, 25, out Nov. 20. The single “Hello” already has nearly 61 million views on YouTube.
“Dude. Ahhhh,” Charli told Billboard in Milan. “She’s just going to like kill us all and make us all worthless. It’s just going to be amazing.”
“There are so many amazing females in the music industry right now,” she continued. “The topic of feminism is continuously being discussed and that’s really incredible.“
The 23-year old singer, whose backup band is all-female, has collaborated with the likes of everyone from Rita Ora to Iggy Azalea. “I feel very supportive of the females around me and I think that’s really integral to what I do,” she said.
With the influx of strong female releases this fall, rumors have already been swirling of competition between artists.
If anything, the young singer believes that external forces drive competition between young women in the music industry. “I don’t think it’s competitive. I think that’s what the media makes it out to be. I think it’s harder for women in the sense that there’s always the question of ‘How does it feel to be a woman in music?’ I think that adds an unnecessary pressure.
“And also I feel like there’s always more questions asked if you’re a female like ‘Did you write your own song, really?’ ‘Did you produce your own song, really?’ Whereas sometimes with men it’s just taken as a given that they did,” she continued.
Fortunately for Charli, her generation, including Adele, are quickly turning the tables on that conversation. “We’re just killing it and proving all of that wrong.”