Charli XCX announces new album Crash, due March 2022 and drops single New Shapes

The alt-pop star also shares single New Shapes, with Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek.

Charli XCX has announced the release of her fifth studio album Crash, expected to drop March 18, 2022.

In addition to sharing the record's blood-splattered artwork, Charli has also dropped a new song - New Shapes, featuring fellow experimental pop stars Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek. 

New Shapes follows the lead of Crash's lead single Good Ones, immersing Charli in a thoroughly 80s aesthetic, which sounds directly inspired by the likes of Madonna, Laura Brannigan and in this case, Janet Jackson's Control album. 

Listen to the new song below:

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Charli recently claimed her fifth top 10 single in the UK, with her Joel Corry and Jax Jones collaboration Out Out, featuring American rapper Saweetie

Charli previously teased that her upcoming fifth album would see her move back into a more "mainstream" sound

This follows her move away from a more commercialised sound after the release of several mixtapes produced by alt-pop auteurs AG Cook and the late SOPHIE, culminating in last year's How I'm Feeling Now, which was nominated for the Hyundai Mercury Prize.

Charli has also announced a worldwide tour in support of Crash, where she'll be visiting a handful of cities in the UK and Ireland, including playing London's iconic Alexandra Palace.

Charli XCX Crash tour UK dates 2022

May 2022

13th May - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland

15th May - O2 Academy - Glasgow, UK

17th May - Victoria Warehouse - Manchester, UK

18th May - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK

19th May - Alexandra Palace - London, UK

21st May - UEA - Norwich, UK

22nd May - O2 Academy - Sheffield, UK

23rd May - Rock City - Nottingham, UK