Even though Charli XCX's great new album Sucker was released in the United States on Dec. 15, it doesn't come out in Japan until Feb. 8 for whatever reason. As a special treat for her Japanese fans who have been forced to wait so long on the album (the ones who haven't illegally downloaded it, anyway), XCX has recorded Japanese versions of two of the album's singles as bonus tracks: "Boom Clap" and "Break The Rules," which you can check out below. In true J-Pop fashion, these versions find XCX singing mostly in Japanese, but switching over to English for some key phrases (apparently there's no Japanese translation for "boom clap").
You can check out Charli XCX's Japanese version of "Boom Clap" right here:
And here's her Japanese version of "Break The Rules" as well:
These new Japanese bonus tracks could possibly be a hint at things to come for Charli XCX, as she told Time back in December that her next album will be heavily influenced by J-Pop as opposed to the pop punk sound of Sucker, and sound like "another planet up in the clouds ... intensely weird and childlike."
Starting on Feb. 16, Charli XCX will be hitting the road for a world tour, opening for Katy Perry throughout Europe and then visiting Asia, Australia, and the United States afterwards. While in the U.S., she will be one of the performers at New York City's Governors Ball, which will also include appearances by Drake, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Björk, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, Tame Impala, and many more.
You can check out the Music Times Junk Mail review of Charli XCX's Sucker right here.
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