Future Nostalgia (Bonus Edition)
Dua Lipa


Jun 28, 2019

The rise of the new (and last?) Princess of pop.

I have been lucky enough to see the fantastic Dua Lipa in concert twice. The first time was in Amsterdam. It was October 2016, and this British young woman with Albanian ancestry had just released a couple of days earlier ''Blow Your Mind (Mwah)''. She began to stand out and make her way in the world of young promises of pop offering dance sounds but soft and, above all, with personality. The tickets were 10€ and my friend Sofía and I showed up two hours before the concert, drank a bottle of wine while we queued and still managed to be in the second row (and take a picture with her <3). She barely gathered 2,000 fans, but who worryingly loyal and crazy for her. Half a year later, in July of 2017, I saw her again, much more confident and almost a mass idol. She was at her peak (and even better times would come). A month prior she had released her debut album, the namesake Dua Lipa, and two weeks ago she released the video clip of ''New Rules'', which was beginning to sound all over the world. In just half a year, the expectant crowd to see her had tripled, but the fanaticism and admiration that the fans showed for the artist was the same, as intense as fan can be. Lipa, who presented herself as a demigod of the normcore, sophisticated and urban, which had managed to convert thousands of people and make them join her sect of fans. From that summer, our protagonist would see how her career would take off as few artists’ have. It seemed that she was going to become a world-class star, and she did. Dua cut her hair and appeared before the world with a bob, and it seems silly, but this is often a sign of triumph (Rihanna with ''Umbrella'', Miley with ''We Can't Stop''), who do you think made this hairstyle a trend between teen girls? Dua came to slay. Her unique voice along with her musical style and appearance give her a personality and overwhelming presence that has helped to captivate all the fans she has around the world. With her debut album she set out to conquer the world. Dua Lipa was delayed three times, since the artist wanted to work in ''exciting collaborations''. And the wait was worth it: composed of dance-pop, electro-pop and tropical house dance songs, the artist's self-titled album is presented as one of the best debuts released by a female pop artist of this decade, which revolves around of empowerment, love and sex. In a time when the concept of ''pop star'' or ''pop princess'' seems to have died, Dua redefines this idea in her image. Ladies and gentlemen ... Are we facing the new and renovated pop princess?

Written by @FerSP from Fernando Sempere
May 31, 2019

How Many Memories With The Album Of Dua Lipa

I did not expect much when I decided to listen to the album of Dua Lipa that bears her name and that until now is the only album delivered by the singer although with different versions in different countries. Some with more or fewer themes but in general, they all give us an idea of ​​what is her musical bet and cover letter for the future. In fact, in a very short time, this artist has been considered to be part of important international events and several artists of the moment take her into account for their productions. The lights went immediately over her. It is noted that both Dua Lipa and her record company knew what they had in hand to invest so much money in her album release and presentation, you do not always see that with new artists and that confirms the security they had that everything would be a success. And they were not wrong. An album for which a GIF was created in each of the themes to turn it into a visual experience, in addition, many videos and all well done, which means a lot of money, so I understand that the risk was well calculated. And so it was, as soon as the songs were coming out everywhere, people turned to meet this charismatic actress and, at the same time, enigmatic for many markets that are not accustomed to a beauty that, although born in London and has all the Anglo-Saxon culture well assimilated, has its ethnic roots in Kosovo and all the exotic that it means for the Anglo-Saxon public. Almost immediately and after releasing this album in 2017, her image is related to many of the aspirations of the British and North American female audience and the wet dreams of the male audience around the world. Her deep voice, unusual in pop stars, makes her unique in the market at this time and is probably the element that complements the sensuality of her image. The videos always highlight her beauty, which explodes naturally and reflects what many girls of her age nowadays want to become. The songs are basically made to dance at the disco and the content of the lyrics reflect the stage that not only Dua Lipa is living, but all guys of her age. In addition, and for strictly personal reasons, all the material of this album relates to the world that revolves around fashion and glamor. The rhythms and the musicalization, as well as many of the images used in her videos, transport me immediately to that world, a world that I knew up close and that brings back many memories.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio

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