Charli XCX and Troye Sivan get nostalgic for the ’90s on their new joint single. Just ignore the fact that she was born in 1992 and he was born in 1995.
The 26-year-old Brit enlisted the 23-year-old Aussie to bloom on “1999,” a throwback track that’s literally a throwback, referencing Nike Airs, Michael Jackson, “…Baby One More Time,” and more.
Sivan even squeezes in a thirsty shout-out to Home Improvement heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas, singing, “I know those days are over but a boy can fantasize ’bout JTT on MTV…”
Photographed by Jacob Bixenman, Sivan’s boyfriend, the single’s cover art features the duo serving Neo and Trinity realness, inspired by the 1999 film The Matrix.
Charli tells Noisey she first met Sivan at one of her L.A. pool parties.
“From there, I’ve just grown to be such a huge fan of his music,” Charli says. “We got each others’ numbers, and we spoke about doing a song together in the future, and when I wrote ’1999,’ I sent it over to him to see if he’d be into it, and he was.”
“I feel like he has really good taste,” Charli continues, “and I was really into him as a pop star—I just think he’s so great—and I really trust his judgement.”
She also confirms they’ve already filmed a video for “1999,” teasing, “I’m keeping it a secret but it’s really good.”
Sivan is currently using his platform to empower young LGBTQ fans by partnering with the Ally Coalition and the Trevor Project on his Bloom tour. He also appears in Boy Erased, the upcoming film adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir about his time in a gay conversion camp.
At last year’s GLAAD Media Awards, Sivan, who came out publicly on YouTube at the age of 14, became the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to LGBTQ media professionals who promote equality and acceptance in their work and life.
Kick it back to “1999” below.