One of the most thrilling career trajectories that we’ve witnessed in the past decade goes to Dua Lipa. Before the age of 25, the British singer has quickly transformed into a confident, risk-taking pop star: after wooing us with her husky vocals and punchy pop singles on her 2017 self-titled debut album, Dua accelerated into one of the leaders of the current disco-pop revival, and has now returned with sophomore album Future Nostalgia.
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Originally slated for April 3, the expedited date now carries an even deeper meaning with the current pandemic crisis. “Although it's scary to put a record out right now,” Dua recently explained on Miley Cyrus’ Bright Minded Instagram Live series, “I also feel like maybe music is kind of what we need. And it's good to just get people to dance and have fun."
The concept of “fun” may prove to be too simple of a word when explaining how near-flawless Future Nostalgia is. Anchored by pre-release tracks “Don’t Start Now,” “Physical” and “Break My Heart,” the album finds Lipa swerving far past her sonic boundaries as she embraces the freedom that power pop gives her. With collaborators like Grammy-winning industry favorite Jeff Bhasker, Ian Kirkpatrick ("New Rules" and Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar") and mega-producer Stuart Price (Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor) in the passenger seat, the singer takes control of what she wants her artistry to exude.
Below, Billboard ranks all 11 songs on Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia.