After helping Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” top the charts earlier this summer (and Icona Pop’s “I Love It” the year before) British songstress Charli XCX returns to her solo work with “Break the Rules,” a high-energy pop anthem in the vein of early-day Britney Spears mixed with Yeezus-y howls and fuzzy vocals.
“I don’t wanna go to school, I just wanna break the rules,” XCX sings on the surefire hit, the lead single from her just announced second album, Sucker (due October 28). Last December, the “Boom Clap” singer spoke to SPIN about her new album, pointing to the Ramones, the Hives, and Weezer as her musical spirit guides.
“It’s not a rock record,” she said. “It’s still a pop record. But those are the influences, as well as a lot of yé-yé pop from the ’60s — Brigitte Bardot, France Gall, Sylvie Vartan — as well as new-wave bands like Bow Wow Wow and the Waitresses.” Suss out the sounds below: