Due Lipa is officially a bonafide pop star.
The 21-year-old English singer-songwriter has made a name for herself this year. Ahead of releasing her debut LP, Lipa landed on one of the hottest songs of spring – a collaboration with DJ Martin Garrix on “Scared To Be Lonely.” She also unleashed a handful of material from her new record, including “Hotter Than Hell,” “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “Be the One.” Each tune offers a boisterous voice melting over infectious melodies and synthy beats. She described her music to the New York Times as “dark pop” or “dance-crying.”
“All the sad things that happen are the things that linger on my mind the longest, the things that I feel like I want to write about,” she said. “But then at the same time I like dancing to it. So it’s finding that mixture between lyrically it being very personal and inspired by events, and then being able to also listen to it and dance along and not think about what the lyrics can mean.”
She adds: “Heartbreak makes good stories, so sometimes, as much as heartbreak sucks, it makes for good writing,” she said.
There's a couple of standout tracks on the record, including her Chris Martin-penned ballad "Homesick," "Room For 2" and “Hotter Than Hell.”
Lipa wrote the latter to be “everything that somebody made me feel I wasn’t,” she said. “This guy just made me feel like I wasn’t good enough, always kicking me down in a way emotionally. And I was in the mood to write a really sad song. But when I started writing lyrics I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to let him hear how he made me feel.’ I didn’t want to show weakness — that’s not what I wanted to portray. And I was like: ‘O.K., I’m going to flip the script. I’m going to make it seem as if he couldn’t get enough of me.’ And instantly, the second I started writing, I started feeling better about the situation because I went into this imaginative world where everything had changed.”
Stream the record below: