Capitol RecordsIt seems self-quarantine has given Sam Smith some time to think about their upcoming album -- and they’ve decided to make some changes.
In a message to fans on social media Monday, the singer revealed they’ll be pushing back the June 5 release date of To Die For, as well as changing the album title.
“I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesn’t feel right, so I have come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions,” Sam wrote.
They added, “I will be renaming my album and pushing back the release date -- both of which are to be confirmed at this time.”
Sam promised the album will definitely be coming this year. “But until then I am still going to bring out some new music over the next few months, which I’m incredibly excited about,” they continued.
Lastly, Sam thanked fans for their understanding and patience, writing, “I always want to do right by you.”
Back in February, Sam released "To Die For," the lead single and former title track off the forthcoming album.
After Hours, released March 20, is The Weeknd's fourth number-one album, and it scores the biggest sales week of the year, with 444,000 units sold. That beats the previous record-holder, BTS'Map of the Soul: 7, which sold 422,000 units earlier this month. After Hours has already spun off two huge hits: "Blinding Lights" and "Heartless."
After Hours also set a couple of other records: It scored the biggest streaming week ever for an R&B album, with an impressive 220.7 million on-demand streams, and racked up the biggest sales week for an R&B album in nearly four years. The last R&B album to sell more units than that in a week was Beyoncé's 2016 album, Lemonade.
Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMediaPitbull is doing his part to help the world fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. The 39-year-old announced Sunday that he will be releasing a new single and donate all its proceeds to charity.
"Let’s show the world, how powerful it is when we come together to fight for one cause - that’s called life," Announced Pitbull, who revealed that his new single will be called "I Believe We Will Win."
He leaked a portion of the track in a message aimed to inspire those feeling uncertain about the pandemic. "Now’s when we got to stick together and fight hard... show how powerful it is when we come together. This right here’s a world anthem," said Pitbull as he stood adopt a rooftop that showed the city of Miami -- which taught him "how to fight."
The "Timber" artist said that he wants his single to inspire the world not to give up.
He also encouraged fans to "Stay healthy, stay safe and stay blessed."
The single, due out April 10, will send the entirety of its proceeds to Feeding America and the Tony Robbins Foundation.
Ian Gavan/Getty Images for HarlequinsAs America grapples with the rising COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John teamed up with an array of artists on Sunday night to "lift your spirits" for the first ever iHeart Living Room Concert for America that aired on Fox.
The concert not only served as means to comfort those worried about the outbreak, but it also helped raise money for two critical charities: First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America. It was later revealed by comedian Ken Jeong that Fox was matching donations.
"We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your soul," said Sir Elton, who also comedically revealed that he was quarantined in his only house that doesn't have a piano.
Thankfully, no piano was required for his hosting duties: The performances fell to the artists who lent their vocal talents to entertain America from their homes. However, at the end of the concert, he did manage to get his hands on a keyboard so he could close with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
First up was Alicia Keys, who opened with an encouraging, "my hope is that we remember how resident we are and how we defy the odds" as she delicately played her piano. She then dedicated her performance of "Underdog" to the "first responders and medical professionals that are risking their lives to keep us safe."
Following Alicia, the Backstreet Boys took the living room stage with Brian Littrell greeting fans from the comfort and safety of his house. He joked that he and his band was "bringing our living room to yours" before shouting out frontline responders who are "putting themselves in harm's way" to keep the globe safe.
The gang sang "I Want It That Way" and even broke out some lighthearted dance moves to elicit some much-needed smiles. Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter even got their kids involved, from playing instruments to dancing around the backyard.
Up next was Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters who dedicated his performance of "My Hero" to all those on the front lines.
Billie Eilish and Finneas followed Grohl with an acoustic rendition of "bad guy" from their couch. Billie revealed she wanted "to be some sort of comfort in this crazy time" before urging "Let's stay strong together."
Up next was Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello who flirted a bit before introducing the song "My Oh My" with Camila on vocals and Shawn on guitar. More adorable than the lovebirds was their dog in the background who excitedly tried to steal the spotlight in the beginning.
Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who took over for Cabello and Mendes, also showed off his canine companion as he sang "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
While Lady Gaga didn't perform, she reached out to fans with an empathetic, "I know what's going on in the world is terrifying" and that "my heart goes out to people who lost loved ones." She used her time to touch upon mental health, encouraging those to communicate with friends and family to combat the feeling of isolation and anxiety. She concluded, "Be kind to yourselves."
Lizzo and Elton also discussed mental health and the negative emotions COVID-19 is stoking. As the friends live chatted on Zoom, Lizzo brought up that "it's important to remember that music brings people together" and praised everyone involved for coming together during such an uncertain time. "We cannot let this tear us apart," she said in closing. "We can't let the fear spread faster than the virus."
Following such a serious discussion, Tim McGraw took the stage next to perform a lighthearted "Something like That" while sitting on his diving board as his band played live from their respective houses. His spot ended with him thanking his daughter Maggie for holding the camera and sweetly blew her a kiss.
Demi Lovato took the majority of her slot to urge those viewing to donate and "do what you can to lift [people] up." She closed with a brief piano rendition of "Skyscraper."
Last up was Mariah Carey who put her heart into "Always Be My Baby" and made sure to prove she is the queen of the whistle register by spending the last moments of the song hitting a series of high notes. She concluded with an adorable anecdote that after she leaves the studio, she's going to put her gloves back on "even in my own home."
Other performers helping to spread positivity were H.E.R. and Sam Smith.
Thanking first responders was a unifying theme during Sunday night's concert. The show offered numerous first-hand accounts from EMTs, doctors and nurses about how they're battling against the pandemic. One nurse, named Melissa, who is working at a COVID-19 ICU at her hospital tearfully revealed that she feels like she's "working in a war zone."
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres also shouted out essential workers, namely those who work at grocery stores, making sure people are still able to eat by keeping the shelves stocked.
As the concert wrapped up, Sir Elton urged the audience to continue giving to First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America before thanking everyone for coming together to promote positivity.
American Idol changed up the scenery and headed to beautiful Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa on Sunday to narrow down the Top 40. The contestants and judges -- Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan -- got a chance to soak up some fun in the sun before it's back to business.
Each American Idol hopeful performed in front of a live audience and the judges in one last performance that ultimately determined if they would make to the Top 20 where America will take over and decide their fate.
Nick Merico was first up on the chopping block. This soon-to-be heartthrob serenaded the ladies in the audience with his performance of "If I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars. Afterward, Nick was reminded that Lionel wasn't a fan of his in the beginning but oh how things have changed. Lionel delivered the great news that he's moving on into the Top 20.
Next up, Makayla Brownlee. After a health scare almost took her out of the competition last week, she's back more determined than ever. Taking a risk, she puts her spin on Ingrid Andress’ "More Hearts Than Mine." Unfortunately, this wasn't a risk that would pay off in the end and she's the first to be eliminated.
Dewayne Crocker Jr. brought the party to Hawaii with his reggae twist of "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, a performance that ended up being one of Katy, Lionel, and Luke's favorites of the night -- they were even up on their feet dancing. His country-rap performance earned him a trip back to Hollywood for a chance to win over America.
The next three contestants -- Devon Alexander, Jordan Jones, Geena --were grouped together in a little montage of singers who were good, but not quite good enough and were sent home.
Louis Knight's performance of "Castle On The Hill" by Ed Sheeran was almost categorized under that same umbrella but his past performances and his potential were enough to push him through.
It was a different story for Francisco Martin, who had previously choked during a duet performance with Louis. He shined the brightest that he's ever with a performance that exuded confidence, a huge improvement from prior auditions which was noticed by Luke who jumped for joy in his seat (think Tom Cruise on Oprah's couch-style). His next challenge is to see if he can get America to have the same reaction when he heads back to Hollywood.
Taking the stage next were Jovin Webb & Faith Becnel. They were partners during the duets round and they have stayed consistent for the most part throughout their time on American Idol so far, which is why it was easy for them to slide right into the Top 20.
That wasn't quite the case when it came to Amber Fiedler, who showed up to her initial audition pregnant but had given birth by the time Hollywood week rolled around. She delivered a fun rendition of Lake Street Dive's "Good Kisser" but it wasn't Top 20 worthy.
One contestant who has repeatedly shown she is Top 20 worthy was Just Sam. Taking on a more "feminine" and "beautiful" look, Katy described the performance as a metamorphosis. Just Sam stunned everyone with her song choice of "Como La Flor" by Selena, a song which is completely in Spanish, a language she doesn't fluently know.
Jonny West took the Hawaiian stage next for his first performance without his girlfriend Margie Mays in the competition with him. She was there to show her support though as he performed "You Found Me" by The Fray. She was also there to hear the good news that he made it to the next step of the competition -- one step past where Margie made it during a previous season.
Rounding out the night was Dillon James but fans will have to wait until Monday to find out his fate and if he fills on of the last 11 open slots where plenty more American Idol hopefuls remaining to battle it out for their futures.
Eliminated: Makayla Brownlee, Devon Alexander, Jordan Jones, Geena, Camryn Leigh Smith, and Amber Fiedler
Top 20 bound: Nick Merico, Dewayne Crocker, Jr., Louis Knight, Francisco Martin, Jovin Webb, Faith Becnel, Just Sam, and Jonny West
American Idol returns Monday, March 30 at 8 p.m. ET.
Sitting by a piano being played by her friends Anna Golden and Liz Golden, fans were also quick to notice a new light-up sign displayed prominently in the background, which read "I needed to lose you to find me" -- a nod to her recent single "Lose You to Love Me."
Captioned Gomez, "May His presence be upon you, a thousand generations and your family and your children and their children and their children... He is for you."
The three minute video featured Anna, Liz, and Selena harmonizing together as they took turns singing portions of "The Blessing."
At the end of the video, the person recording joked, "I forgot to press record," which caused everyone's expression to fall in disbelief, before the prankster amended, "I'm just kidding" -- causing Selena to chuckle out loud.
Fans were quick to express their appreciation for the unexpected performance and praise the gentle acoustic cover, saying it gave them a much-needed emotional boost.
Bachelor star Madison Prewett even chimed in, calling the performance "so special" and added "It definitely blessed me. I love y'all."
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIf you didn't know that Ariana Grande was a hardcore stan of Lady Gaga, now you do.
The "thank u, next" singer took to Instagram to gush about the fellow pop star on her special day.
Alongside a photo of the two making kissy faces, Ariana gushed, "Happy birthday to a literal angel that has changed my life in many ways!"
"I’ll tell u more about it later but ... u make my heart feel so full and happy and understood @ladygaga. wishing u all the joy in the world today and every day ! have some pasta," she added.
Lady Gaga turned 34 on March 28 and while there was no word of how she spent the day celebrating, fans do know that she was likely with her new boyfriend Michael Polansky, who she is currently self-quarantining with.
"Day 6 of self-quarantining!" the "Stupid Love" singer shared on March 18. "Going strong, playing video games and cards, and taking care of ourselves."
C A L M, the new album by 5 Seconds of Summer, shows a new lyrical and emotional depth -- and bass player Calum Hood says they've all simply grown up.
Calum tells ABC Audio that a lot of the credit goes to singer Luke Hemmings, whose lyrics, he says, "tell the tale of a man who has matured over the years and who has really honed in on his craft."
But also, he notes, "I think everyone had something to say with this album, in terms of their coming of age -- in really reflecting on the people who we were and how things shaped us, and who we want to become in the future."
C A L M -- the title's an acronym of the first letters of band member's names -- is also very eclectic, with acoustic and electronic sounds, plus '80s throwback tracks.
"It is pretty chaotic at times," laughs Calum. "I think we weren't afraid of kind of pushing the boundaries in terms of how an album could collectively sound."
But what ties everything together, he notes, "goes back to our Australian roots."
"[We were] just trying to create the best [music] we could create and to do that in a way that is honest to ourselves and honest to the people who supported us and our families," he explains.
Speaking of Australia, 5SOS' home country is now dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, just as it was emerging from the deadly bush fire crisis. But Calum says Aussie's aren't easily defeated.
"I haven't been back there since early this year, actually, and I kind of saw firsthand of how that was affecting people," he says of the first. "It is a really tough thing to experience. A lot of people struggling, but also, it brought everyone together."
Jesse Grant/WireImageBefore Ariana Grande was a huge pop star, she was a Nickelodeon TV star. And she singer took to social media Friday to pay tribute to that time in her life and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her former show Victorious.
On Victorious, Ariana played the ditzy, red-haired Cat Valentine for four seasons. She posted photos of the cast, along with a nostalgic message.
“jus want to say how grateful i will always be for being on this show and for those years of my life,” she writes. “i couldn’t have spent my teenage years with a better, more funny, talented group of human beings.”
She adds that she loved playing Cat, even though “her essence will lovingly haunt me til I die,” and reminisces about the good times she had on and off set.
“i miss getting in trouble w my friends in the school room and trying not to laugh when we weren’t supposed to on set,” she continues. “i even miss waking up with red hair dye stained pillows.”
Ariana concludes with a thank you to the show's creator and her cast mates, "for some of the most special years of my life and for bringing all of us into each other’s lives."
After Victorious, Ariana starred in another Nickelodeon show, Sam & Cat, which featured her reprising her role of Cat, and Jennette McCurdy of iCarly fame playing her character from that show, Sam Puckett.
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd welcomed their first child, Hayes, earlier this week. The proud new parents are overjoyed to have the new addition in their lives, but in a new social media post, Maren reveals that she endured a difficult birth process.
“30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section,” the singer explains. “Not what we planned, but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool’s errand. All that matters is that he got here safely.”
On top of those challenges, Hayes was born in the middle of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are,” she went on to say. “Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that’s eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene.”
Maren also thanked all the health care professionals that helped her safely deliver her child, concluding her post by saying that she has a newfound respect for mothers everywhere.
“Ultimately, I can’t thank every single mother enough for going through what you’ve gone through,” she reflects. “I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I’m a measly four days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I.”
ABC/Image Group LAMariah Carey is celebrating her 50th birthday – or “life anniversary” as she prefers to call it -- by recording a new song at her home studio.
The singer shared a fresh-faced selfie on Instagram Friday, showing herself standing in front of a microphone with headphones around her neck. “Starting 327 with a new song,” she wrote, adding, “#stayhome.”
She also gave an Instagram shoutout to some of her fellow artists who were born under the same sign as she was.
“Happy anniversaries to all my super-talented fellow Aries!! Cheers!!!” she wrote, tagging Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Elton John, Celine Dion, Fergie and Lady Gaga.
Mariah’s boyfriend Brian Tanaka, meanwhile, posted a birthday tribute to Mariah on his Instagram Story, featuring a photo of the two of them from the lock screen on his phone, screencapped at 3:27 on 3/27. He included the hashtag #HappyAnniversary, with confetti emojis.
He also encouraged his followers to participate in the #AlwaysBeMyBabyChallenge on TikTok and share it in honor of Mariah's special day, and posted many of their submissions on his Story.
@JOHANNESLOVUNDAs we all continue our social distancing this weekend, at least we’ll have some new tunes to listen to. Here are some of the latest tracks to add to your self-quarantine playlist:
DJ/producer Kygo is back with a new song and music video featuring Zara Larsson and rapper Tyga. The song, called “Like It Is,” is the first single from Kygo's upcoming third album, Golden Hour. The track serves as a blunt rejection of someone you know isn’t right for you.
Alicia Keys has dropped a new remix of her single “Underdog,” featuring reggae artists Chronixx and Protoje. The new version of the song has a breezy island vibes and some new lyrics, with Alicia singing on the hook, “I am destined for greatness/Time to embrace it.” The original single, co-written by Ed Sheeran, will be featured on Alicia’s upcoming album, ALICIA. Unfortunately, its release has been postponed.
And Ava Max has released the music video for her latest song, “Kings & Queens.” In the clip, Ava sits on a throne wielding a sword and reigns over a group of dancers. There are exotic birds, electric guitars and a banquet scene fit for royalty.
More stars will be performing remotely this Sunday night during the commercial-free one-hour benefit show airing on Fox.
ABC/Image Group LACamila Cabello, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and R&B star H.E.R. have joined the lineup for Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America. They join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, country star Tim McGraw, Billie Eilish and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.
Elton John will host the event, which will also feature appearances by Demi Lovato, Lizzo, football star Russell Wilson and his wife, actress and singer Ciara.
The show will pay tribute to the people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health care professionals and first responders. It will also ask viewers to donate to two different charities: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
The team behind this event is the same who produced the multi-network telethons following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.
Nathan JenkinsEllie Goulding, Ryan Tedder, Charlie Puth, Joe Jonas and Lauv are among the dozens of artists who'll be performing on Stream Aid, a online benefit event this weekend that's being hosted by the streaming site Twitch.
The 12-hour stream will take place this Saturday, March 28, from noon to midnight GMT -- that's 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
Other musicians performing include Jordin Sparks, Diplo, Monsta X, AJ Mitchell, Alex Benjamin, Dan Smith of Bastille, John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Rita Ora and more.
Andy Deluca5 Seconds of Summer's fourth album C A L M is out Friday. While the Australian band is quarantining right now, bass player Calum Hood tells ABC Audio he's psyched that fans are finally able to enjoy the record in full, since they've been releasing tracks from it since last May.
"I'm excited for people to hear it. I think I'm less nervous than any other [album]...just because I think we're confident within the songs, and I think we've let go of all those expectations of, I guess, commercial success," he says. "So for the fans, I'm really stoked 'cause they've been hanging out for a while."
Calum says one positive thing about the quarantine is that it's given them "time to really connect and interact with our fans online."
"It's been a new and exciting kinda adventure for us," he says, but adds that he'd like all 5SOS fans to "take this thing seriously" and "help one another out."
Because COVID-19 has touched the group: their producer Andrew Watt has the virus.
"He seems to be in fine spirits at the moment," Calum says of Andrew. "[It's] just a bit of hard reality when you hear someone that close to you [has] it. He's a trouper, so luckily he's all right."
Calum says the title of C A L M doesn't describe the music that's on the album, but the title is very meaningful.
"It's the acronym for all our names -- Calum, Ashton, Luke, Michael -- and it's been a word that has been reverberating within the fan base since we really began," he explains. "It's another way to pay homage to people who've been with us for a long time."
Calm adds that C A L M reflects "a new sense of liberation and confidence within ourselves."
ABC/Image Group LAIn honor of Women’s History Month, Taylor Swift is guest-curating Spotify’s Amplify playlist with female artists that have inspired her along the way.
The playlist features 51 songs from artists including Michelle Branch, Dixie Chicks, Jewel, TLC, Paramore, Tracy Chapman, Shakira, Carly Simon, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and more.
“At the end of Women’s History Month, I wanted to make a playlist of songs and artists who made music that became the soundtrack to my life for a time, a phase, endless rides on the school bus, getting my license and driving around alone, screaming into a hairbrush and deciding ultimately that I wanted to make music too,” Taylor says in a statement.
She adds, “I see these women as my faraway mentors, who taught me how music can really make someone’s life easier and more magical. These female professors guided me melodically, lyrically, spiritually and emotionally without even knowing it. And though I haven’t met most of these women, I will forever be grateful to them.”
On Twitter, Taylor described the playlist as “nostalgic comfort vibes.” You can check it out Spotify now.
ABC/Image Group LADua Lipa just revealed the major reality check she had when she was younger.
The 24-year-old pop star appeared on Miley Cyrus' Instagram show, Bright Minded: Live with Miley, on Thursday and opened up about returning to Kosovo, the place her family once fled.
"I didn't realize how difficult it would be," she admitted. "I learned even more history about the war and how it affected people."
Dua was born in the United Kingdom after her parents fled Kosovo due to war in the 1990s. Her family returned when she was 11-years-old, which was a "massive learning experience."
"Living in London, I hadn't lived through it. I knew what was going on, but my parents were the ones that fled the war. I didn't quite understand it until I went to Kosovo and really understood how many of my friends had struggled," she explained.
"It was such a massive learning experience," the "New Rules" singer added. "It made me really in touch with my roots."
Dua returned to the U.K. at age 15 to pursue her music career and now runs a music festival in Kosovo to benefit its citizens.
She told Miley, who headlined the event in 2019, "All we ever wanted to do was try to give back to a community that has given us so much and only ever given me support, and that’s only ever been proud of me."
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesIf you were to answer who is the fastest person alive, chances are you would say Usain Bolt -- the Olympian who, in 2009, set the world record for the 100 meter dash. His record still stands at an astounding 9.58 seconds.
Well, Britney Spears claims to have shattered Bolt's jaw dropping record by almost four seconds.
"Ran my first 5 !!!!," Britney celebrated in the caption. "Getting over your fear of pushing it in the beginning is key .... once I did that I hit 5!"
The 38-year-old elaborated that she usually runs "6 or 7 .... my first try was 9." That means, to put it bluntly, Britney's first 100m dash shattered Bolt's decade-long record.
"Whoop !!!!! 100 meter dash," the singer cheerfully concluded.
While her post was most likely meant to inspire her fans, it had the opposite effect as the confusion was palpable in the comments' section.
Mostly, people struggled with the fact that, if Britney was being truthful, it means she runs twice as fast as the fastest man alive and also shattered the woman's 100m world record, 10.49 seconds, which was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 and remains unbroken to this day.
It also means that Britney is almost as fast as a cheetah. In 2012, a cheetah named Sarah from the Cincinnati Zoo sprinted 100 meters in just 5.95 seconds, according to Live Science. Sarah's speed peaked at 61 mph.
But, if Britney really can run as fast as a cheetah and with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo being postponed, it means she has plenty of time to try out for Team USA and bring home the gold in 2021.
Slaven Vlasic/FilmMagicIt was revealed on Thursday that over three million Americans filed for unemployment this week as businesses across the nation shutter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MGM employees who are temporarily out of work are thanking Bruno Mars who stepped up and donated $1 million of his own money to help those struggling make ends meet.
The "Grenade" artist had been performing a limited Vegas residency at The Park Theater at Park MGM since 2016.
As reported byET Canada, Mars made his sizeable donation to the MGM Resorts Foundation. A portion of his money will also go toward the Employee Emergency Grant Fund and the Children’s Medical Support Fund.
A representative explained why Bruno felt compelled to help those displaced by the pandemic, announcing on Thursday, "The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he’s in the creative process of working on his next album."
The rep for the "Uptown Funk" singer went on, "With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees" because they "help make these shows possible."
Mars also expressed that he hopes that the employees will be able to safely return to work soon so they can continue "having fun together."
CEO and President of MGM Resorts International Bill Hornbuckle spoke for all his employees while expressing his sincere gratitude to the singer. "We consider Bruno Mars as part of the MGM family and appreciate what he is doing to help our employees and their families during these uncertain times," said Hornbuckle.
He went on to reveal that the eligibility requirements for the funds were recently tweaked "to help as many employees as we can" and that Mars' generous donation "will help us expand our reach even further."
Hugo Comte/Warner RecordsDua Lipa's long-awaited second album Future Nostalgia is here. She's described it as a "non-stop Dancersize class," and she says it was the success she's had over the past few years collaborating with top dance DJs and producers that inspired the album's musical direction
In 2018, Dua scored two big hits: "One Kiss" with Calvin Harris and "Electricity" with Silk City, the duo featuring Mark Ronson and Diplo. "Electricity" won Dua a Grammy, while "One Kiss" was the biggest-selling song of 2018 in the U.K.
"After 'Electricity' and 'One Kiss,' the nostalgic feeling of those, I felt so at home...I just loved performing them," she tells ABC Audio. "And I wanted to kind of have my own take on it and try something different and do my own thing."
"I knew the album title before I started writing the record," she adds. "So I was like, 'OK, Future Nostalgia,' so everything worked kind of backwards from that."
But just because tracks like "Don't Start Now" and "Physical" are retro-inspired dance songs doesn't mean that they're mindless fluff. The British Grammy-winner covers a lot of different topics on Future Nostalgia.
"Well, it's a mixture of things," she says of the themes on the album. "Like love, unrequited love. It's also the feeling of growing up as a woman and what that's like."
"And I mean, some are also really happy songs, which I feel like weren't on the first record because I felt like I found so much inspiration from sadness," she explains.
"But I've learned how to draw from happy moments too, and create something that still tells a story and is really fun and lyrically exciting. At least I think so!"
Dua recently postponed her European arena tour to 2021.