Dua Lipa recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, after the project leaked online. The set is headed by the singles “Future Nostalgia,” “Physical,” and “Break My Heart,” which now has an accompanying music video.
“I would’ve stayed at home, ’cause I was always better alone / But when you said ‘Hello’, I knew it was the end of it all / I should’ve stayed at home, ’cause now there ain’t no letting you go / Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?” she sings on the chorus.
Future Nostalgia received widespread acclaim from music critics, many of whom praised its cohesiveness and production. The project follows Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut, which featured the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit “New Rules.”
“I wanted to really show another side of me,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I always speak up about female equality and gender equality in general and female rights, (but) it was very important for me to put something in that’s very close to my heart, that I feel would make other women feel seen and feel heard.”
“I had a lot of times when I was making this album where I was very much out of my comfort zone, where I really allowed myself to be vulnerable and talk about my very personal experiences,” she said. “On a song like ‘Love Again,’ for example, it wasn’t written for anyone in particular, but it was like a manifestation of allowing love and good energy into my life because I was going through a little rough patch. It was that point where I didn’t know that I could love again.”
Lipa was born in London, where her parents fled to from Kosovo as war broke out. She said she started to take music seriously when she was 15, though she initially “didn’t think it was ever a possibility. Although my father is a musician, it was different because he was in Kosovo. Things are a lot smaller. It’s just different.”