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Dua Lipa says she’s been planning for ‘Radical Optimism’ since before her debut album

Dua Lipa has revealed that she has been planning for her upcoming album ‘Radical Optimism’ since before she released her debut record.

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Speaking to Time Magazine for a new profile, the ‘Don’t Start Now’ singer opened up about ‘Radical Optimism’, which is due for release on May 3 (pre-order/pre-save here). During her chat with the publication, she revealed that she believes in manifestation, saying: “Manifesting is a big thing for me. I stand very firmly in the belief of putting things into the world. Subconsciously, you just work towards them. Nothing’s ever too big.”

This translates to her upcoming record, which she says she’s been thinking about for a long time – dating back to her 2017 self-titled debut album, to be exact.

Dua Lipa has unveiled details of her new album – CREDIT: Tyrone Lebon

“I remember when I was working on my first album, I was making notes on what my third album was going to be,” Lipa said to Time Magazine. “It’s mad to think about, but I remember speaking to my close friend and A&R Joe [Kentish], ‘Maybe album three, I could work with [Tame Impala’s] Kevin Parker,’ and he was like, ‘Alright, hold your horses, let’s take baby steps.’”

Lipa also thought at the time that if her first two records were well-received, then “maybe I’d be deserving to be in a room with an artist I so deeply admire and look up to.”

Dua Lipa also shared that ‘Radical Optimism’ will showcase her growth: “The record as a whole is more mature. I’m definitely not the same person I was when I wrote my first album. I’ve evolved and learned so much… taking it as it comes, not seeing anything as bad or something as a setback. That involves a lot of growing and understanding myself, knowing my worth, whether it be in business, love, or friendship.”

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Dua Lipa. Credit Tyrone Lebon

“I’m just a different person, so of course this record is going to be different,” she added. “I have different thoughts, wants, needs and perspectives. I’ve done a 180 on myself … I feel the most confident at this point in my life.”

Dua Lipa most recently released the album’s third single, ‘Illusion’. She dropped the album’s first single ‘Houdini’ in early November last year, followed by ‘Training Season’, which she debuted at the Grammys earlier this year.

Last month, it was confirmed that Lipa will headline Glastonbury 2024 alongside Coldplay and SZA. She is reportedly set to capture her visit to Worthy Farm for a new documentary film.

She also announced a one-off concert at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London for this autumn, as well as a run of European shows for this summer.

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