New from: Charli XCX; K. Michelle; Dan Montgomery

December 29, 2014 4:41 PM

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The first-generation Los Angeles punk-rock band X had a song called "Make the Music Go Bang." (Not one of their best, actually.) The title comes to mind because it's exactly what 22-year-old English songwriter and big-pop-star-in-the-making Charli XCX does on Sucker.

Charli's 2013 album True Romance was a promising but stylistically varied, uncertain affair. She found her metier, however, with "I Love It," the shouted-out football chant of a hit whose chorus she wrote for Swedish duo Icona Pop. From there, she fashioned the vocal hook to Iggy Azalea's summer sma...

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