Catch her or she’ll run away! Even though Dua Lipa hasn’t been seen or heard from much since Houdini came out at the end of last year, her third studio album is still being worked on, and we’re slowly learning more about it.
To rebel against the clear disco style of Future Nostalgia, Houdini saw Dua team up with Danny L Harle (Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek) and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala (Lady Gaga, Rihanna) for a major sound change, swapping out glittery disco balls for a frantic psychedelia beat inspired by the 1970s.
Aside from the fact that Harle, Parker, Caroline Ailin, Tobias Jesso Jr., and the rest of the team worked on Houdini (eight of the eleven tracks), we don’t know much about Dua’s follow-up to Future Nostalgia. However, a brand-new cover story for Rolling Stone shows the mood Dua has been creating for this new era.
It looks like we’re going crazy, baby! To Rolling Stone, Dua confirmed that her next album will be a tribute to UK rave culture, especially Primal Scream and Massive Attack. It will also have the “don’t give a f*ck energy” of Britpop artists like Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn.
Dua said, “This record feels a bit more raw.” “I want to show what it’s like to be young, free, have fun, and just let things happen, good or bad.” It’s not going to change. “No matter what happens, you just have to roll with it.”
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Primal Scream’s 1991 house music masterpiece Screamadelica seems to have greatly impacted the record. Dua first heard Primal Scream on a late-night Radio 1 mix before going out…so real. Rolling Stone also says an album highlight is a track that sounds like an update to Gwen Stefani’s equally iconic single Cool (again…so real).
On the Official Singles Chart, Houdini did not disappear in any way. It went straight to Number 2 (behind Jack Harlow’s Lovin’ On Me) when it came out and has been in the Top 10 for five weeks now.
Dua’s first movie role was in Barbie last year, and she also did the voice work for the movie’s music. The lead single, “Dance The Night,” became Dua’s fourth UK Number 1 single. That’s the same number as Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, and Geri Halliwell. The song could be considered for an Oscar for Best Original Song (!).