BRITISH pop gamechanger Charli XCX is the queen of collaboration.
With an enviable contacts list which runs from Taylor Swift to David Guetta, her latest perfect pairing is with Australian pop prince Troye Sivan.
Their new single 1999 is rising up the charts as Charli kicks off the latest leg of Swift’s Reputation world tour as one of the concert openers.
Her collaboration with Sivan was sparked when he rocked up to one of her famous open-house parties in Los Angeles.
The video features the singers recreating scenes from iconic 90s music videos and films from the Spice Girls to Titanic, Britney Spears to The Matrix.
“When we were filming the Titanic scene, Troye and I could not stop laughing; it was so fun,” she said.
“He’s such a dream to work with.”
Charli smashed onto the global charts with Icona Pop on the 2012 smash I Love It, followed that up with her collaboration with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on Fancy and confirmed her arrival as a pop power player with her single Boom Clap.
Since then, she has been one of the go-to artists both for her uncanny songwriting talent but also her unique spin on pop music, creating songs she wants to dance to in clubs.
Charli credits her fiercely loyal fanbase of Angels for alerting her to artists she might want to work with, including rising rapper CupcakKe.
Other pop star mates she tends to find herself jumping on tracks with include Rita Ora, Zara Larsson, Tove Lo and MØ.
“There’s a level of trust between all of us, and with me, where artists feel more comfortable to go out of their comfort zone, which is really amazing … I’m honoured people just want to get involved,” she said.
Charli has faced the extraordinary challenge of winning over tens of thousands of Swifties since May when she joined the Reputation tour.
She said Swift’s invitation had given her a rare opportunity to convince more pop lovers of her own superstar credentials.
“I do feel what she says really holds a lot of weight with her fanbase, people really listen to her which is why it’s so great she made her first political statement the other week; she’s extremely intelligent, she’s extremely articulate and she has a great platform,” Charli said.
“So if she invites you on the tour, they know she wants me there alongside Camila (Cabello) and Broods and whoever else joins the tour.
“I don’t really get nervous at those shows and also I’m a bit cocky in the sense that even if that stadium is full of people who don’t know me, I know they know at least one of my songs.”
“And I’m a good performer; I can win over a crowd.”
Whether it’s Swift’s crowd or her own Angels at the intimate club parties she is playing in Sydney and Brisbane during the Reputation tour, you can count on seeing one of the most energetic pop artists gracing a stage in 2018.
How does she bounce and sing at the same time? Charli XCX is unashamed to admit she couldn’t live without the pitch perfecting plug-in Auto-Tune which is widely used by pop and hip hop artists as a vocal effect now.
“Auto-tune is the saviour of my life; I don’t see it as a bad thing,” she said.
“I know there’s this stigma that if you use auto-tune, you’re not a real artist.
“I don’t have the strongest voice, my voice is good when I focus and concentrate but I’m not focusing when I’m performing live, I’m partying.
“In the studio, I use it as a tool to explore songwriting and there’s a lot of creative things you can do with it.
“It doesn’t make you less of an artist. Look at Travis Scott, he sounds amazing and it sounds unique to him.”
The Reputation tour heads to Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Friday, Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on November 2 and The Gabba on November 6.