Dua Lipa‘s 2020 sophomore album “Future Nostalgia” was dance therapy for a lot of people. Since then, she’s had a hot remix album, a year-long world tour, a global hit single with Elton John, and her bubbly single from “Barbie,” so it doesn’t look like Variety’s 2022 co-Hitmaker of the Year has been missing. But “Nostalgia” came out almost three years ago. Today, the lead song and video from her third, as of yet untitled, full-length album, “Houdini,” gives us our first look at her next project.
It’s a banger, with a driving beat, a thumping bass hook, and some very 1980s synthesizer washes that sound a bit like Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life.” “I’m not here for long/Catch me or I go Houdini” is a metaphor for the famous escape artist, but it’s not a direct word. Dua-l Management Dua Lipa is on Track to Become a Billionaire Musical Star Following a Significant Career Shift.
In the statement, she says, “This song is about the best and happiest parts of being single for me.” In “Houdini,” I play with the idea of whether or not someone is worth my time or if I’ll just ghost them in the end. Being open to what life throws at you is beautiful because you never know where it might lead you. Dua Lipa and Romain Gavras Dating Rumor: Have They Already Made It Official?
“Houdini” builds on and continues from “Future Nostalgia” in two ways: Fans of that album will love this song’s hard beat and dancefloor vibe, but the music behind it, which was brilliantly put together by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and Danny L. Harle, who has worked with Caroline Polachek and Charli XCX, is more melodically complex than that album’s stadium-sized hooks.
“Houdini” is still big, but there’s more going on around the edges. At the very end of the song, a surprising new hook takes it in a new direction. Aside from Parker, Harle, and Lipa, the song was written by Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus) and Caroline Ailin, who has worked with Lipa on several hits. Dua Lipa Healthy Lifestyle: From Her Workout Routine To Her Daily Diet Plan.
Not much is known about how the new record sounds ahead of time. “1970s style psychedelia” is what she recently told the New York Times it was based on, but there aren’t many signs of that here. Lipa told Elton John on her “Dua Lipa: At Your Service” podcast in early 2022 that it was halfway done. But in a late-2017 interview with Variety, she said, “It’s taken a complete turn as I’ve continued to work, and I really feel now that it’s starting to sound cohesive.”
I’m going to keep writing in the first few months of 2019 and see where it takes me. The record sounds different and has a stronger lyrical theme. It’s still pop music, but it’s not the same. Everything would make sense if I told you the subject, but I think we’ll have to wait.
Even though there isn’t an official date yet, the record should come out early next year, so we won’t have to wait much longer.