Charli XCX has recorded versions of her hits “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules” in Japanese for that country’s version of Sucker (via Fuse). Warner Music Japan posted snippets of the new versions, which don’t stray from the originals other than the language, to YouTube. J-Pop singer and model Yasuda Rei helped create the Japanese lyrics for “Boom Clap,” while singer Hiromi worked on “Break the Rules.”
Charli previously filmed the video for her 2013 single, “SuperLove” – which did not make it onto Sucker, but is also available in English on the Japanese version – in Tokyo. “I’d never been to Japan before, so it was kind of crazy,” she told Stereogum that year. “We were only there for, like, two days…. The police shut the video shoot down, which made me feel so badass. I was like, ‘Whoa, I’m like Kesha or something….’ It was kind of crazy, but it was great.”
Last December, Charli XCX told Rolling Stone that the message behind Sucker was “pussy power – in your face, don’t give a fuck, bright red and pink.” She also revealed that she wrote “Break the Rules” in the parking lot of Quincy Jones’ L.A. studio. “I went outside for a cigarette and then had this idea and sang it into my phone,” she said. “I took it back in and I was like, ‘Hey, guys, what do you think of this? It’s kind of so lame that it’s the best thing you’ve ever heard?'”
The Japanese edition of Sucker is due out on February 18th.