Dua Lipa is the latest pop star bridging the gap between the UK and US, blending songs of sorrow with an amalgam of shoegazey, melodic pop music that you can somehow still dance to. As contradictory as that cluster of words sounds, “You probably still adore me with my hands around your neck” could as easily be found in any verse from the misanthropic, angst-ridden pop punk and emo scene of the early 2000s, e.g. “You’re So last Summer” by Taking Back Sunday (“And with my one last gasping breath I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt”), instead of Lipa’s track “Hotter Than Hell.”
While comparisons are foolish, Lipa finds herself in a class of singer-songwriters — like Lorde and Lana Del Rey — whom incorporate somber lyrics with melancholy pop music. It’s a bit of a welcome callback after an oversaturation of processed-for-promotional-purpose pop music that consumed our collective ears for roughly 20 years. But Lipa’s style welcomes some interesting collaboration opportunities that would meld well with her sound.
Lipa casts a wide net in search for potential collaborators in 2017, deploying a “speak it into existence” mantra by mentioning names whom have made an indelible mark on music in recent years.
“Dream collaborations that I wish I would… I would love to work with someone like The Weeknd. I’d love to write with Sia. I would absolutely love to work with Frank Ocean,” says Lipa. “There are so many amazing artists out there that I look up to and are really kind of changing music.”
Whether Lipa will keep calm and composed if she ever works with these celebrated musicians is unknown. She’s still new to the business, so any encounter could send her into a freak out. Like the time Nelly Furtado mentioned her on Twitter.
“A fan asked me what my favorite album was and I said ‘Whoa, Nelly! by Nelly Furtado’ and then she tweeted me going ‘WHOA’ and then lots of love hearts,” says Lipa. “I lost my mind. I sent it to all my friends.”
Dua Lipa’s eponymous debut album will be released on June 2, 2017.