Dua Lipa Announces Collaborations with Normani and Miley Cyrus

Dua Lipa gave us some lovely and catchy songs in her latest release Future Nostalgia, songs that we will play on repeat this whole summer. But it turns out she has more music to share with her fans, including long-awaited Cyrus plus Normani collabs.

During her visit to Watch What Happens the singer spoke about what she was working on at the time. The joint Normani project was just about to be released, but no specific details were given.

It was clear though, that her collaboration with Miley Cyrus will take longer as they need to decide on a new stylistic direction and it’s not clear when they are hitting the studio together again. “Both of us decided to make something new, but, unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to get together in the studio and work. I believe it will happen once the lockdown is over,” Lipa said during her appearance.

Earlier in 2020, she released her album On Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa travels through the 80s genres, singing love for INXS (their guitar part is featured on Broke My Heart), Prince, Outkast, and No Doubt. “It sounds like a wild mixture of styles, but it is in this direction that I want to move now,” the singer herself said about the release. The work is likely to be called the main in pop music in 2020, so listen quickly.

If with the first album Dua Lipa studied and slowly conquered the audience single after single, then the second was preparing quite differently. It is a coherent piece, united by the theme of “nostalgia of the future”, which some critics mistake for the reconstruction of pop music of the eighties.

Lipa’s music always gravitated towards that era but was too modern and even aggressive to be considered a retreat. “Future Nostalgia” has lost this radio-format pop-aggressiveness, here you can see a very attentive and scrupulous work with arrangements – it’s not for nothing that the list of people who worked on the album is comparable in size to a symphony orchestra. Every detail, every little thing in its place, while the album combines amazing integrity of sound and composition, it is perceived as a large work, not a collection of songs.

You want to pick up almost any bass part in the album and play it right away, wearing a lilac jacket. Only the jacket will be more from the new Vetements collection than from second hand. The eighties in Future Nostalgia is a source of inspiration, main but not the only one. For example, the sample in one of the main songs of the album “Love Again” – not from the eighties, like Madonna in “Hung Up”, but from the 1997 song of the British group of one-hit White Town.

In Future Nostalgia, Dua continues to play the serious girl who makes mistakes by falling in love with the wrong guys, but rather regrets it and tries to move on, rather than the tragic heroine typical of female pop music. Her image is closer to Taylor Swift during “1989”; Lipa has a huge list of the world’s best producers, musicians, and an impressive advertising campaign to share this breakthrough pop album.

The recipe for an outstanding pop album is not that difficult: you just need to take the leading music producers in the industry, combine them with the best songwriters, add the best musicians and make them all work for someone who understands the concept, his image and message well. But all these ingredients not only cost an impressive amount but converge together only once every few years. “Future Nostalgia” is just such an album that, if it were not for the coronavirus, would have thundered at all festivals and discos in the world, would have sounded at fashion shows and in all clothing stores.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter