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Charli XCX: 'Female artists are more in control of their careers now'

Charli XCX has revealed that she thinks women in the music industry voice their opinions more and are "in control" of their careers now more than ever.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show yesterday morning (July 31), the 24-year-old said that she's learned that it's important to have your own voice and not let record labels or men in suits dictate your music and image choices.

Praising her fellow female pop stars for standing up for themselves and taking charge of their careers, she said:

"I think a lot of females in the industry are so vocal about their opinions on feminism and their experience in the music industry, and I think a lot of female artists and artists in general are so much more in control of their own career now.

"Audiences are more intelligent, fans are cleverer.

"They understand the marketing and putting together of the pop star and they want somebody who is real and genuine. Not somebody who is built up, so I think artists have to take control and really run their own game to be successful."

The singer-songwriter has been writing music since she was 14, and says that throughout her career she's been very vocal about her opinion on being a woman in the music business.

"I get asked questions about feminism all the time... I'm not somebody who is worried about wearing revealing outfits or performing provocatively on stage - as long as that's my choice.

"The second it is an instruction from a man or a record label then it's not cool."

Last week Charli XCX dropped her new song "Boys," accompanied by a music video which starred many well-known males faces. Now, Charli has tweeted who she’d include in a female-led version.

“Cupcakke, mo, du, tove, camila, brooke, alma, sky, rita, grimes, starrah, zara, kyary, selena, carly, kylie," before admitting that she'd want "SO MANY MORE THERES ONLY 140 CHARACTERS AHH".

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