What do you do when your new album has just reached number one? Crack open the fizz, head out for a night of clubbing, splash the cash? Because singer Dua Lipa, with two Grammys, three Brits, two MTV Europe Music Awards and a string of international single hits, a platinum first album and now a chart-topping second with Future Nostalgia, is in lockdown like the rest of us, thanks to that great leveller, coronavirus. And now the weather is nice you can pop your head out the window, go in the garden, and it lifts your spirits. My first number one album. However, any celebratory excess Lipa might have indulged in has been mostly pastry. A spinach and feta filo pie in fact, flavoured with nostalgia from her Kosovar Albanian roots and upbringing, and yes, we can have the recipe. But first, brushing flakes of filo from her perfect pout, in laid-back London tones tinged with a smile, Lipa is talking about the album. The album is a feelgood, pump it up serving of dance-pop, disco, electronica, influenced by the sounds of the s and s and inspired by heroes such as Gwen Stefani, Moloko, Blondie, Madonna and Outkast. With the album Lipa wanted to challenge the idea that pop is a lesser form of music with candy floss concerns, for example dealing with gender stereotypes on the track Boys Will Be Boys.
BBC News Navigation
Watch the trailer. New Rules is a music video for the song of the same name by Dua Lipa. I wasn't a huge fan of this song until I watched the video. The dancers appear to be symbolic of the transitional stages of breaking up and rather than merely a group of friends she's dancing with, they actually represent her gaining strength as she moves away from this relationship. The splendidly intricate and inceeasingly sexy choreography adds to a sense of growing empowerment rather than just a shallow dance routine. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this video and it made me like the song much more.
Few albums have fulfilled their intended purpose faster. At the very least, a day of radio interviews and unceasing congrats stopped the year-old from stressing about when to take her government-sanctioned daily walk. Like everyone, she has been self-isolating, eating chips and watching Tiger King. Unlike everyone, she is doing it in a plush Airbnb her London flat flooded with her model boyfriend Anwar Hadid brother of models Gigi and Bella. Although Lipa says today has felt like Christmas, it is still an anticlimactic arrival for an album that the British music industry has been banking on. Hers is the rare homegrown success not belonging to anyone named Sheeran or Adele, born from no-nonsense mega-pop in the vein of Britney and her idol Pink. In , Lipa was the most-streamed female musician in the world.
None of this should be shocking, though. Yet when you look back at her career trajectory, from her debut in to today, you see a lot of smart decisions. What she has accomplished in just a few years is fairly staggering, considering every box she has ticked as a mainstream artist. This moment -- the tidal wave of support behind Future Nostalgia -- took years of preparation, but Lipa made each step look easy. These singles immediately connected with the pop blogosphere and helped place Lipa, newly signed to Warner, on the radar of a lot of mainstream purveyors. Leading up to her self-titled debut album, Lipa issued single after single in hopes of making a dent at U.