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Dua Lipa gives update on her more “mature” third album

"It’s about understanding what I want"

By Tom Skinner

Dua Lipa in concert in Manchester - CREDIT: Shirlaine Forrest
Dua Lipa in concert in Manchester - CREDIT: Shirlaine Forrest

Dua Lipa has shared more information about her upcoming third studio album.

The pop star released her dance-influenced latest record, ‘Future Nostalgia’, in March 2020 and is currently on the European leg of the lengthy ‘Future Nostalgia Tour’, which came to the UK last month.

Back in January, Lipa revealed that she had “done a big chunk of writing” for her next full-length project before confirming in March that the album was “50 per cent done”.

“It’s starting to feel good,” the singer told Elton John during an episode of her ‘Service95’ podcast. “It’s starting to take shape. I’m very excited about some of the new songs so it’s always exciting to look forward towards something.”

During a new interview with Vogue, Lipa explained that she is “writing again and working on new music”, estimating that her third album is half-complete in its current form.

“I’ve definitely grown up. Overall, whether it’s sonically or in terms of the themes, I’ve matured,” she continued. “It’s like I’m coming into my power and not afraid to talk about things. It’s about understanding what I want.”

At the start of this year, Lipa told The Wall Street Journal that the anticipated follow-up to ‘Future Nostalgia’ was “still in baby form” and said she was “in no rush” to release another record.

Lipa went on: “It has a vision. It has a name, I think—for now. It’s just been fun experimenting. I’m always going to make pop music, but it has its own unique sound, which is exciting and something that feels like a movement from ‘Future Nostalgia’.”

In a four-star review of Lipa’s recent headline concert in Manchester, Rolling Stone UK wrote: “During the pandemic, Lipa worried about releasing ‘Future Nostalgia’ at all, its upbeat message at stark odds with the daily suffering experienced by millions.

“But as she told fans when she decided to release the work mid-pandemic, ‘the thing we need most at the moment is music, and we need joy and we need to be trying to see the light.’ Last night’s show epitomised that message: fans finally together dancing, under the lights of the disco balls once more.”

Dua Lipa is set to perform at various festivals this summer, including Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Roskilde in Denmark, and Lollapalooza in Chicago. In November, the pop star will take the ‘Future Nostalgia Tour’ to Australia and New Zealand. Check out the full schedule here.