EYES & EDGE

LIZZO & CHARLI XCX

EYES & EDGE
LIZZO & CHARLI XCX

Lizzo and Charli XCX Release Joint Single “Blame It On Your Love”

Pop queens Charli XCX and Lizzo have teamed up to release “Blame It On Your Love,” a poppy anthem that’s been dominating playlists everywhere since its recent premiere. The single is slated to appear on Charli XCX’s third studio album.

Long time listeners of Charli XCX might notice that “Blame It On Your Love” is a rework of Pop 2’s “Track 10,” her trademark experimental synths reinvented into a more pool-ready tropical house beat. Lizzo’s verse kicks in towards the end of the track, as she raps, “I gotta blame it on the juice,” in reference to her smash single “Juice”.

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In a Tweet prior to the release, Charli XCX stated that she and Lizzo are “bout 2 save pop music.” Their collaboration’s success stems from the reputation garnered by these two women. Lizzo has become a mainstay in the music charts and festivals even before the official release of her album Cuz I Love You, while Charli XCX has been at the forefront of the digital, PC-anthem pop sound wave. Of course, all of this adds to the fact that both artists are extremely talented to begin with.

Of course, another significant cause for celebration is their contribution to the rise of body-positive pop music. Gone are the days of pop idols that conform to the same high fashion model-esque look. For Lizzo and Charli XCX, they're moving towards making their industry more inclusive.

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Charli XCX has been a long-time advocate of body positivity, using social media to promote self-love (her track "Body of My Own" was heralded as a feminist anthem) and sounded off against body-shaming. Similarly, Lizzo’s op-ed piece for NBC News focuses on the importance of self-care, urging fans and readers to get in tune with their vulnerabilities and use it as a stepping stone to enhance their sense of self-worth.

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What we’re seeing with Lizzo and Charli XCX is an example of the body positivity movement in full swing, slowly changing superficial attitudes towards appearances (especially women’s) for the better. Outside the world of music and Hollywood, even the fashion industry is starting to improve when it comes to diversity and inclusivity. For instance, retailers such as ASOS and Aerie are starting to build their brands around offering chic options for all sizes while helping to push plus sizes into the mainstream. Meanwhile, ecommerce fashion site Woman Within caters exclusively to plus-sized women, giving them a special go-to place where they can feel stylish and confident. Their trendy dresses are catered to their body types, as compared to other brands who design plus sizes as an after thought. All in all, this new, inclusive fashion movement shows that every woman of every size can — and should — rock whatever they want.

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On a similar note, Lizzo’s partnership with Lane Bryant comes hot on the heels of her criticizing fashion designers for "leaving fat women out of the game." Just like Charli XCX, Lizzo is known for dominating the stage in show-stopping gear, with the former opting for neon mini skirts or houndstooth coordinates, while the latter favoring sequined leotards and feather boas. 

This is the same kind of confidence and optimism that reverberates throughout “Blame It On Your Love,” a track made to get bodies on the dance floor — spilling drinks out of plastic cups and swaying with their eyes closed. It’s also a heartbreak track disguised as a club banger. “I can’t help it, I can’t stop,” Charli XCX croons, providing a testament to blazing summer romances and all the dancing that occurs in between. 

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