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See Dua Lipa Give Some Random Person on the Street the Exclusive First Listen to ‘Houdini’

“Excellent. It would be impossible not to like it,” Richard says after becoming the first person to hear the new single

Before Dua Lipa’s new song “Houdini” arrives tonight, the singer gave the exclusive first listen to the much-anticipated single to a random fellow on the street.

In a bit filmed for BBC Radio 1, Dua Lipa and the station’s Greg James hit the streets of London to find someone “who might not be a Dua Lipa fan” and then share with them the gift of the world premiere of “Houdini.”

The duo then spot and descend on Richard, an older gentleman whose workday is about to be uprooted. Richard admits that while he “heard of” Dua Lipa, he’s unfamiliar with her music.

And with that, Dua Lipa gives Richard her phone so he can be the first to hear “Houdini,” with BBC Radio 1 staffers celebrating the event with a congratulatory banner.

“Excellent,” Richard said of “Houdini” after his surprise listen. “It would be impossible not to like it… Enjoyable, bouncy. Yeah, I’d dance along to that.”


Dua Lipa responded, “That’s a perfect review.”

The rest of the non-Richard world will get to hear “Houdini” themselves when the track arrives tonight. Back in August, Lipa confirmed with New York Times magazine that a new album — the follow-up to 2020’s Future Nostalgia, was in the works, which she described as “1970s-era psychedelia.”

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