Dua Lipa is expected to release her third album this year.
She recently confirmed it'll have 11 tracks, including lead single "Houdini."
Lipa worked with Tame Impala, among other producers. She was inspired by Brit-pop and rave culture.
Dua Lipa is gearing up to release a new album, the hotly anticipated follow-up to her pandemic-era pop classic "Future Nostalgia."
In November, Lipa unveiled the album's lead single, "Houdini." The synth-laden bop, coproduced by Kevin Parker and Danny L Harle, is buoyed by Lipa's signature confidence ("Prove you got the right to please me / Everybody knows / Catch me or I go, Houdini").
While Lipa has not yet revealed the title or release date, she did disclose details about her third LP in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Keep reading for everything we know so far.
Most of the album was made with a small group of collaborators
In contrast to "Future Nostalgia," which was created with a wide variety of songwriters and producers, Lipa's next project was kept mostly contained.
In addition to Lipa's trusted cowriter Caroline Ailin ("Don't Start Now," "New Rules"), she teamed up with Parker, Harle, and Tobias Jesso Jr. to craft eight of the album's 11 tracks. During her interview with Rolling Stone, Lipa referred to these four collaborators as her "band."
"I remember thinking it was a genius move to get that combination of people together," Parker told the magazine. "Like, hats off to her."
Parker is better known by the name of his solo project, Tame Impala. The musical polymath and critical darling has also worked with Lady Gaga ("Perfect Illusion"), Travis Scott ("Skeletons"), and The Weeknd ("Repeat After Me").
Harle is a respected indie-pop producer, best known for working with Caroline Polachek and Charli XCX, while Jesso Jr. is a folksy musician who's written songs with Adele ("When We Were Young," "To Be Loved"), Niall Horan ("Slow Hands"), and Florence Welch ("Hunger," "The End of Love").
Jesso Jr. called his experience working on Lipa's album "the pinnacle of my writing career."
Lipa was inspired by Brit-pop bands and UK rave culture
Lipa cited British rock bands like Blur, Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Oasis, and Primal Scream — predominantly popular in the '80s and '90s — as the biggest touchstones for her new music.
Again, this contrasts "Future Nostalgia," which was heavily influenced by campy pop and disco.
"This record feels a bit more raw," she told Rolling Stone. "I want to capture the essence of youth and freedom and having fun and just letting things happen, whether it's good or bad. You can't change it. You just have to roll with the punches of whatever's happening in your life."
Lipa also described the new album as "a psychedelic-pop-infused tribute to UK rave culture," according to Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos.
She was particularly inspired by "I'm Free" by Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis fame. Her new collaborator Harle was credited as a "rave consultant" on the 2022 song, which incorporates a breakbeat drum pattern popular in electronic and garage genres.
"Dua really enjoyed that," Harle told Rolling Stone. "Dua likes going to a rave."
Asked if she's interacted with Brit-pop stars like Damon Albarn or Noel Gallagher, who've both criticized modern pop stars like Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, Lipa said she hasn't met them — and isn't bothered by their comments.
"It's more like the music element, the aspect of it that I'm really connected to," she explained. "They're obnoxious for sure. That's their whole thing."
The album will include breakup stories and single-girl adventures
According to Spanos, Lipa's new album "captures a period of major changes in her life, including the end of a relationship and her forays into dating."
During a phone call with Rolling Stone in December, Lipa confirmed she was single — but more recently, she's been spotted out and about with actor Callum Turner.
Ailin told Spanos that Lipa would come to the studio equipped with real-life stories about her dating escapades, ready to transform her anecdotes into art.
"Dating, I think overall, is just a little confusing," Lipa said. "It's either through friends of friends or people you trust where you can meet new people, because [dating] is not really so straightforward when you are, I guess, a public person."
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