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Alexandra Ashley Hughes, otherwise known as Allie X, first shot to fame when one Katy Perry tweeted her obsession with the Canadian musician’s irresistible debut single “Catch.” Now, almost exactly a year later, the L.A. transplant is proving she’s got some serious staying power. Her debut album CollXtion I drops this spring, and it’s overflowing with even more of her badass brand of sugary pop that we (and KP) already love. Stay tuned for that soon — Allie hinted on Facebook that the album will be here before you know it — but for now, meet your new pop obsession below.
On Katy Perry’s tweet:
“It was really flattering and exciting. I mean, I listened to Teenage Dream so much and studied it. Just to see a tweet from her was like, whoa…it was dreamlike.”
On all that “x”:
“The way that I explain it to people is in a mathematical sense, in which X is any variable. Growing up, I didn’t relate to the formulas that were taught to me by my parents, family, institutions, etcetera. But when I added X to the equation of my own life, I was given a freedom that wasn’t there before.
On being a female producer:
“As a girl in the studio, there are all these preconceived notions about you—that you’re a topliner and a lyricist, mostly—and [producers] aren’t going to use certain language with you because they don’t think you will understand.”
On maintaining a sense of mystery in music:
“Like with any relationship, over time, there will be more of a trust built up, and I’ll be able to reveal a little more. For me, it’s more about being a very thin-skinned and sensitive person, and just wanting to keep my personal life to myself, and let the art speak for itself.”
See more Allie X in the new issue of POPULAR,on newsstands soon!