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Dua Lipa announces third album ‘Radical Optimism’

The follow-up to ‘Future Nostalgia’ will land in May.

By Will Richards

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Dua Lipa (Picture: Tyrone Lebon)

Dua Lipa has announced the release of her third album Radical Optimism, landing later this year.

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Radical Optimism has been previewed by the singles ‘Houdini’ and ‘Training Season’ and will land in full on May 3. It follows 2020’s huge Future Nostalgia.

The album was written with a core team of collaborators including Danny L Harle and Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker.

Dua said: “A couple years ago, a friend introduced me to the term Radical Optimism. It’s a concept that resonated with me, and I became more curious as I started to play with it and weave it into my life.

“It struck me – the idea of going through chaos gracefully and feeling like you can weather any storm. At the same time, I found myself looking through the music history of psychedelia, trip hop, and Britpop. It has always felt so confidently optimistic to me, and that honesty and attitude is a feeling I took into my recording sessions.”

See the album’s artwork and tracklist below.

Dua Lipa

Radical Optimism:

  1. ‘End of an Era’
  2. ‘Houdini’
  3. ‘Training Season’
  4. ‘These Walls’
  5. ‘Whatcha Doing’
  6. ‘French Exit’
  7. ‘Illusion’
  8. ‘Falling Forever’
  9. ‘Anything for Love’
  10. ‘Maria’
  11. ‘Happy for You’

Dua Lipa is the cover star of the latest issue of Rolling Stone UK and told us about how her upcoming “psychedelic-pop-infused” album is inspired by the likes of Primal Scream and Massive Attack.

Lipa explained that the record was a “psychedelic-pop-infused tribute to U.K. rave culture” which took large inspiration from Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica and Massive Attack. 

“This record feels a bit more raw. I want to capture the essence of youth and freedom and having fun and just letting things happen, whether it’s good or bad,” Lipa said. “You can’t change it. You just have to roll with the punches of whatever’s happening in your life.”