Hear TXT’s Hueningkai cover Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi”
Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” just got the K-Pop cover treatment. Hueningkai, one of the lead singers of Tomorrow x Together – otherwise known as TXT – released his own version of the classic pop-punk anthem and struck up a friendship with the former star of the NYLON coverage along the way.
Hueningkai’s cover is a refreshing take on the boy meets girl song. With a revamped, synthesized beat and her crystal clear vocals, the cover gives Lavigne’s song an unexpected, modern twist. After designing the track, Hueningkai posted a photo of him on TXT’s Twitter account, hinting at the surprising song choice.
The photo shows the K-pop singer dressed in a white t-shirt, sporting his matching bleached blonde locks and holding a light green skateboard. Hueningkai captioned the photo, “He was a skateboarder” using emoji.
It wasn’t long before Lavigne saw his tweet. She responded like any pop-punk queen would, and replied with three “rock on” emoji. This sparked a brief but sweet correspondence between the two popular artists.
Hueningkai then shared a link to his recording of “Skater Boy” and wrote, “Hope you like my cover!! You are an icon. After review, the Canadian singer offered her seal of approval and write back “incredible coverage.”
Maybe with his encouragement, we’ll get more pop-punk covers from the K-pop star, but for now, it looks like Hueningkai is focused on releasing music with his band. TXT includes four other members: Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, and Taehyoon. They were created by Big Hit Music – whose roster also includes the infamous K-Pop group, BTS – and released their debut EP, The Dream Chapter: Star in 2019. Together they have released four albums and have just released their new EP Chaotic Wonderland.
You can stream their recordings on Spotify and Apple Music. In the meantime, check out Hueningkai’s cover of “Sk8er Boi” below.