Charli XCX flips it with all the boys

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Ailbhe Malone

TRACK OF THE WEEK Jessie-Ware- Mid­night Jessie Ware is back in style, with a lush late 1970s groove about magic in the moon­light. There’s a vamp­ing pi­ano in the bridge that is per­fect for click­ing your fin­gers to, and Jessie’ s pow­er­ful voices its se­duc­tively in the up­per reg­is­ter through­out. Put it on your sum­mer crush mix tape im­me­di­ately.

Hero of the week is Charli XCX, whose new video for Boys flips gen­der roles in mu­sic videos on their heads. Charli toldt he BBC: “I’ve been shoot­ing this video with loads of boys in it. It’s been boy-crazy. ”She went on: “There’ s a shower scene with Tom Da­ley–it’s good! The men are ba­si­cally do­ing all the sexy things that girls usu­ally do in videos. They weres uper down and got right on board, it­was amaz­ing. They re­ally went for it .”

Mean­while, Kesha toldthe Guardian about her per­fect sum­mer day .“My favourite way to lis­ten to mu­sic is to pull out my old vinyl and take a trip to my mu­sic idols. Give me a beach by the ocean, my records and a record player on a lazy sum­mer af­ter­noon and I’m the hap­pi­est. There’ s a warmth and au­then­tic­ity to lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic I love from the 60 sand 70 son the orig­i­nal discs. For me, it gets no bet­ter than lis­ten­ing to the sam­ples of The Beach Boys eat­ing crunchy veg­eta­bles on their song Veg­eta­bles.”

Zero of the week is try­ing view all women through the same lens, Haillee Ste­in­feld toldthe Guardian. “I felt that we’ve been ac­cept­ing the com­pli­ment‘ You’ re not like most girls’ for avery long time. Ihave. I feel like there’s been this golden stan­dard or rule that in or­der to be spe­cial you have to be dif­fer­ent to other women. Here I am singing this song about how most girls are beau­ti­ful, strong, in­de­pen­dent, have so much to of­fer. And the head­lines out of that were :‘ Hailee tries on a bunch of wigs, shows off her midriff’ or what­ever. That’ s not what I’ m try­ing to say.”

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