December 12, 2014


Charli XCX Drops Punky Cover of '60s Hit "Money (That’s What I Want)"

Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

Charli XCX is already offering an early stream of upcoming Sucker LP, but there's still new music to be heard! The undeniable breakout star revealed "Money (That's What I Want)," a bonus track off the album. And if the punky track sounds familiar, you've likely already heard the '60s hit single originally done by Motown singer Barrett Strong or the 1963 version made famous by The Beatles or the silly, updated take featured in '90s cult classic Empire Records.

Charli updates the short-but-sweet, two-minute cut with pounding percussion and grungy electric guitars. There's not much going on vocally and instead Charli delivers the confident lines in a sassy, shout/talk delivery.

Premiered earlier today on Vogue, "Money" is quite different from the booming synth-pop we hear on her breakthrough solo single "Boom Clap." Charli told the mag that the multiple sounds and attitudes on Sucker played a part in her decision to push the record's release back nearly two months.

"I gave my album room to breathe," she said. "You have to be in control of your own sh*t...I feel like that’s an integral part of being a pop star in 2014."

With early critical praise already pouring in and this promising cut, it sounds like Charli knows exactly what she's doing and is doing it right.