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Dua Lipa on Third Studio Album ‘Radical Optimism’

Dua Lipa has revealed that she felt like she was in a band whilst working on her new album, Radical Optimism.

The global superstar has given fans a "deep dive" into the process of her highly anticipated third studio album — the follow-up to 2020's Future Nostalgia — sharing how she listened to the songs "over and over" again to ensure that she knew exactly how she wanted to tell the story.

Previewing the record in a behind-the-scenes video clip on social media, Lipa said: "It's the beauty of the chaos and trying to stay calm through it. Listening over and over and feeling like, 'How do I want to tell this story?'

"I always go for the most upbeat ones to introduce people to the record.

"I can just keep on dancing and keep people dancing.

"We're trying to create a world in a different way, and sonically it was about experimenting. Thematically, it was always about resilience."

The 28-year-old worked with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Danny L. Harle, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Caroline Ailin in a secluded cabin on the record, and said it very much felt like a band mentality.

Announcing the LP, which is out this year on May 3 through Warner Records, she said: "A couple of years ago, a friend introduced me to the term 'Radical Optimism'.

"It's a concept that resonated with me, and I became more curious as I started to play with it and weave it into my life.

"It struck me – the idea of going through chaos gracefully and feeling like you can weather any storm.

"At the same time, I found myself looking through the music history of psychedelia, trip-hop, and Britpop. It has always felt so confidently optimistic to me, and that honesty and attitude is a feeling I took into my recording sessions."

The album cover sees Lipa in the ocean with a shark fin nearby.

Tracks on the record include "French Exit," "Maria," and "Falling Forever," as well as the previously released singles "Houdini" and "Training Season".

The English-Albanian singer-songwriter previously explained her new record "captures a period of major changes in her life, including the end of a relationship and her forays into dating."

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "This record feels a bit more raw.

"I want to capture the essence of youth and freedom and having fun and just letting things happen, whether it's good or bad. You can't change it. You just have to roll with the punches of whatever's happening in your life."

Tracklisting for Radical Optimism

01. End of an Era
02. Houdini
03. Training Season
04. These Walls
05. Whatcha Doing
06. French Exit
07. Illusion
08. Falling Forever
09. Anything for Love
10. Maria
11. Happy for You

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