Billboard cover star Charli XCX is gearing up for her hotly anticipated sophomore album Sucker, and she knows she’s gotta keep the hits coming between now and its Dec. 16 release date. On Monday (Oct. 6), she dropped a brand-new track called “London Queen,” which she says was inspired by the Ramones.
“I never thought I’d be living in the U.S.A., living the dream like a London queen,” Charli spits, before giving a little “Oi!” shout, in the punk spirit. The song came to her in near-completed form from producer Justin Raisen, and Charlotte decided to do up the punk vibe (“future Ramones,” she calls it) and make it her own. Charli’s always had a little punk, new wave and goth spirit in her DNA, and even better, this is one that will sound especially sharp backed by the live instruments of her touring band.
Speaking of which, Charli plays New York’s Webster Hall on Tuesday night and continues across North America through Oct. 25, where she wraps in San Francisco.
With “Boom Clap” still riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 (at No. 11), Charli’s looking at a big debut for Sucker, which was pushed back from its original Oct. 21 release date because of the single’s success.