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Charli XCX Goes “Boom” On The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack: Listen

Charli XCX performing in 2013.
Yui Mok—PA Wire/Press Association Images/AP Charli XCX performing in 2013.

On "Boom Clap," the "I Love It" songwriter goes back to her roots for the film based on the wildly popular John Green novel

Charli XCX is currently in the middle of something resembling a punk-rock makeover, but the songwriter behind Icona Pop’s ubiquitous “I Love It” sounds just like her old self on a new song from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. “Boom Clap,” which premiered Friday, is a welcome slice of moody, warehouse synth-pop that would have been right at home on her stunning, year-old debut, True Romance, and it’s a fitting choice for the film about two terminally ill teenagers falling in love.

In the trailer for The Fault In Our Stars, an adaptation of John Green’s bestselling young-adult novel opening in June, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) warns Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), “I’m a grenade, and one day I’m going to blow up.” With its dramatic drumbeat and pulsing keyboards, “Boom Clap” is almost as explosive.

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