Since 2020, Dua Lipa has grown in popularity after the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album “Future Nostalgia” took over the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. With hits such as “Levitating” and “Don’t Start Now,” the singer integrated disco-pop back into the mainstream, landing her spots in major pop culture moments such as the recent “Barbie” movie.
Now with fans eagerly waiting for a follow-up project, the singer has kept quiet until recently about her next album. Here’s everything to know about Dua Lipa’s new album:
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the singer said her next project will drop in 2024, and will be more “personal” than her previous work. In the article, she admitted there won’t be many obvious Easter eggs about her personal matters, saying, “I think it’s a marketing tool: How confessional can you be? I also don’t put so much of my life out there for people to dig into the music in this weird, analytical way.”
She also spoke to Elton John last year about the record, saying it was “50% done,” but that the process of creating it had taken a “complete turn.”
With no set date release date for next year, fans will have to continue waiting for further announcements on the matter.
Album name and theme
While Dua Lipa has not announced the name of her next album, she did say she has picked one ahead of its scheduled release. In another interview with the WSJ, she said, “it has a vision. It has a name -- for now.” Her record label, Warner Records, also said to Variety in 2021 that the singer’s next album would be “something completely different and at scale.” The president of Warner Records also added, “she was talking about album No. 3 when we barely had No. 2 done.”
Dua Lipa also said the album’s themes have left her feeling more liberated than her previous works. In an NME interview, she said she also felt more in control of this new project, a possible allusion to the themes of empowerment and confidence.
After her work with producer Mark Ronson on the “Barbie” movie, he has also admitted to hearing Lipa’s new album. He said to NME, “I’ve heard some of it and it’s incredible.” According to Consequence, the album is also expected to be psychedelia-inspired with influences from the 1970s.
Additionally, the star was also deeply impacted after watching the documentary “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” about The Bee Gees, admitting she “bawled her eyes out.” She told The New York Times that someone in the film talks about “music that just makes your body feel good" and “those are the songs I get attached to — that’s the kind of feeling I want to convey.”
Throughout the last few years, Dua Lipa has hinted at who could potentially be featured on her upcoming album, posting many photos of her in the studio via Instagram. Tagging industry names such as producer Koz and songwriter Sarah Hudson, she also has been working on the new record with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
Because of these collaborations, the singer has recently said, “the album is different – it’s still pop but it’s different sonically, and there’s more of a lyrical theme. If I told you the title, everything would make sense -- but I think we’ll just have to wait.”