For her take on the song of the summer contender, the Mamamoo member stays fairly true to the pop star’s original, recreating the video’s sunshine-y vibes from inside her apartment. “Strawberries on a summer evenin’/ Baby you’re the end of June/ I want your belly and that summer feelin’/ Getting washed away in you/ Breathe me in, breathe me out/ I don’t know if I could ever go without/ Watermelon sugar, high,” she sings while tossing a beach ball in an appropriately watermelon-pink cropped cardigan and surrounded by whirring fans.
Hwasa’s Harry Styles cover arrives just weeks after the release of her debut solo EP María, which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s World Albums chart dated July 10 following its release late last month. Additionally, the K-pop idol recently collaborated with Dua Lipa on a bilingual K-pop remix of the star’s 2020 single “Physical,” and also contributed moody track “Orbit” to the original soundtrack of Korean TV drama The King: Eternal Monarch.
“Watermelon Sugar,” meanwhile, currently sits at No. 7 on the Hot 100, earning the former One Direction-er the third Top Ten hit of his solo career following “Adore You” and 2017’s “Sign of the Times.”
Check out Hwasa’s sweet cover of “Watermelon Sugar” below.