Hear Charli XCX’s “Break the Rules” Off New Album ‘Sucker’
Charli XCX has already seen massive commercial success thanks to her contributions to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I Love It," but she has yet to have a breakout solo hit. "Boom Clap" got her close, amassing 18 million YouTube views and landing at No. 10 on Billboard's Hot 100, and now she's hoping to capitalize on all this momentum with her sophomore effort Sucker, out October 21.
Charli's debut album, True Romance, effortlessly combined anthemic pop and more Tumblr-friendly, chillwavey stuff, making it one of the most refreshing pop releases of 2013. But for her second album, the British singer said she was influenced by punk and French ye-ye pop, and the new cut from the LP, "Break the Rules," certainly fits that description. Its "I don't wanna go to school, I just wanna break the rules" refrain and churning bass line check the punk boxes, the sugary melodies fit the old pop tradition, and it's all filtered through an EDM-heavy arrangement.
The song premiered over at BuzzFeed, and you can stream it below.