Watch Charli XCX Cover Cher's 'Believe' in Tokyo

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Number 1 Angel singer Charli XCX released her cover of Cher’s “Believe” yesterday during Nylon's 13th anniversary party in Tokyo, where she appeared alongside PC Music founder A.G. Cook. To say she met the challenge of taking on such an important pop classic, especially to the LGBTQ community, would be a tremendous understatement.

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Her cover, although only two minutes long, brought a fresh 21st century update to Cher's 1998 chart topper. A haunting combination of lush, electronic melodies and Charli’s charming British accent made for a winning treatment that aligns with the slick, ultra-pop music she's been crafting with Cook. "Well, I c-ah-nt do that," she slurs through a vocoder. 

Charli's take on Cher seemed to be well-received by those who attended the party, as screams of admiration and hand-swaying filled the Japanese venue. And how appropriate for the "Boom Clap" queen to release the cover just in time for Pride month. Watch, below. 

 
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