Rising recording star Charli XCX finds a spot in the 'pop circus'

December 2, 2014 4:30 PM

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In her hit single "Break the Rules," Charli XCX makes one thing abundantly clear: "I don't wanna go to school!" she insists over a propulsive synth-pop groove.

Yet on a recent evening, school was precisely where the young British singer found herself. Charli XCX had been booked to play the homecoming dance at Aspire Pacific Academy in Huntington Park, Calif., part of a so-called "takeover" by a videogame company launching a new title with music by the sing...

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