Charli XCX 'at peace' with album leaks as she talks about touring with Taylor Swift and collaborating with Dua Lipa

The star, 26, has had a series of tracks released on the internet without her consent but is now “at peace” with the fact the tunes got out — and she is instead working on new music.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre column, Charli said: “I am at peace with it now.

“There are some songs that have been leaked that my fans really wanted a proper release for, like Girls Night Out for example, and No Angel, so I honoured that.

“But I guess I've just got to change my password.”

She had been expected to follow-up 2014’s Sucker with an album last year but is now in no rush to do a full record after the success of her mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop2.

Asked if there was an album in the works, she said: “I don't know. TBC, as ever.

“I'm definitely plotting a couple of things in my brain but I'm not quite sure whether I'm ready to divulge quite yet.

“This is the music that I've always been trying to make. Until I met certain, specific collaborators I just didn't know how to make it.

“So I do feel extremely happy right now and I feel like I am making a difference when it comes to the way pop music is thought of and the sound of pop music.

“And that's really exciting for me. So I feel super happy. I feel really, really good.”

Among the leaked tracks was Round and Round which has proven to be a hit with fans.

Quizzed on whether she has considered releasing it formally, she explained: “I don't know, that song was only ever really a demo. I've never really thought that much about that song in much depth.

“But I think it definitely is a fan favourite alongside Taxi, which is another one I get hassled for a lot.”

Now she is back with brand new single 1999, which she will perform at club night G-A-Y in London’s Heaven this Saturday.

She spoke earlier this year about how she was considering giving the song away to another artist, but eventually decided to record it herself when collaborator Troye Sivan said he wanted to release it with her.

On the decision to keep it, she said: “I basically played it for Troye and he was like, 'I love this song, it's so good, I want to be on it.'

“I really feel like Troye is one of my favourite pop stars. I just think he's so iconic, he's doing pop really well.

“All of his videos and his artwork and his music, it's just so good.

“So when he was like, 'I really want to do this song, let's do it together,' I was like, OK I have to keep it because if Troye loves it then I'm feeling it.

“We wrote it at the end of March. I was in LA writing it and I just thought it would be really cool to have a song titled 1999, and immediately I was thinking about all of the fun things I could do for a video, which isn't ready yet but it's really great.

“I don't want to spoil it. But it's definitely very lols. It's going to be a fun one.”

Aside from recording, Charli has had a hectic year on the road supporting Taylor Swift.

They wrapped the US leg of the tour on the weekend and will continue it in Australia, New Zealand and Japan later this month.

Speaking about hanging out with Taylor, she said: “There's been phases when we have, definitely when we were on the East coast, and it was really nice.

“She's honestly just a very lovely, nice person who's put together this tour of three incredible women and it feels so positive.”

As well as her own material, Charli has written tunes for Selena Gomez, Icona Pop and Rita Ora.

So could she write for Taylor’s next project?

She said: “I haven't. I mean, she is such an incredible songwriter, I don't think she needs help from anyone.

“But it would definitely be cool, of course. 1989 is such a brilliant pop album, I think I'll stick to my Pop 2 thing, she'll stick to her No1 smashers – she's good.”

Most recently though, Charli revealed she has been writing with Zara Larsson for the Swedish singer’s next album.

She explained: “Someone who has been really fun to work with recently was Zara Larsson.

“We were working just for her stuff, just trying ideas. She's just so cool.

“She's a really funny person and very clever. I really liked being in the studio with her. And her Instagram Stories are always really good. She's so sassy.”

But next on her to-do list is a collaboration with Dua Lipa, having become firm friends over the last 18 months.

On their plans to get in the studio together, Charli added: “Dua bloody Lipa, I love her.

“We've spoken about it so many times. I think she's actually in LA at the moment and we're like, 'Let's do it!'

“But she's f***ing busy. That girl is busy. We do speak about it a lot and I do think it's something that our fan bases would really like.

“If we have as much fun in the studio as we do partying, then it's going to be great. But I'm definitely down for that.”

1999 is out now.

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