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Charli XCX covers Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” — listen

on February 10, 2015, 10:05am

Photo by Ren Ralos

Last September, Charli XCX covered Sam Smith’s monster ballad “Stay With Me”, offering up equal doses of poise and sentimentality. Now, for a BBC Live Lounge session, the UK synthpop star has taken on another chart-topper in “Shake It Off”.

Here, instead of mimicking Taylor Swift’s usual doe-eyed pop panache, Charli draws on her own punk roots. Snarling and tempestuous, her rendition is highlighted by a noticeable vitriolic bite in her vocals and a blistering, aggressive rhythm. Sick beat or not, Charli always sounds ready to rile up a crowd.  Listen in below.

Charli’s latest album, Sucker, is out now via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.


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