Charlotte Emma Aitchison (born 2 August 1992), known professionally as Charli XCX, is a British singer and songwriter. Initially performing at warehouse raves in London, she signed to Asylum Records in 2010. Her releases include four mixtapes (Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and Super Ultrain 2012, and Number A Angel and Pop 2 in 2017), two studio albums (True Romance in 2013 and Sucker in 2014), and two extended plays (including Vroom Vroom in 2016.) The songs "Boom Clap" and "Doing it" earned Aitchison her first two top-ten singles on the UK Singles Chart as a lead artist; the former reached the top-ten of several charts worldwide. As a featured artist, she reached number one in the UK with Icona Pop's "I Love It" and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with Iggy Azalea's Fancy.
Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992 in Cambridge, the daughter of a Scottish father, Jon Aitchison, and a Gujarati Indian mother, Shameera, who is originally from Uganda. Her father is an entrepreneur and former show-booker, while her mother is a former nurse and flight attendant. Aitchison grew up in Start Hill, Essex, and attended Bishop's Stortford College. She also studied at UCL's Slade of Fine Art in London in London but left during the second year of her degree course.