Last fall, Charli XCX released the Lil Yachty-featuring “After The Afterparty,” which was intended to be the lead single to the British pop star’s upcoming third album, a follow-up to 2014’s Sucker. Since then, we’ve been treated to a full mixtape, Number 1 Angel, of entirely new songs and a couple live performances of some other unreleased ones, but so far solid news of an LP3 release date has yet to materialize. And it looks like we could be waiting for a while, because Charli’s now estimating that it won’t come out until “next year.”
In a new interview with The Fader, she talks a little bit about what’s been holding up the release of her third album (which is apparently pretty much done) and why her creative process is a little bit all-over-the-place:
I finished my album in the middle of last year and I’m probably not even going to release it until next year now, because I want to release a lot of other music before, that isn’t totally linked to the album. For me personally, I don’t think albums are the end goal anymore for musicians. Continuously releasing music really suits the way that I work as a songwriter and as an artist.
I’m not going to touch the album until two months before it’s going to come out, because if I started working on it again I would probably write another four albums. Maybe more. I just write so much that it becomes confusing. Of course, some of the stuff I write isn’t good — some of it is terrible and will never see the light of day — and some of it is good, you know. I might do another mixtape before the album though.
She adds there are “six or seven songs that are 100% going on the album” and another couple that could go either way. “To be honest, I’m not really thinking about it until I have a release date, and then I’ll just do it last minute,” she says.
Looks like we’ll be waiting for a bit! But in the meantime, revisit one of the best Number 1 Angel tracks below.