Dua Lipa Reveals Why She Almost Pushed the Release of “Future Nostalgia”

Dua Lipa at the 26th MTV EMAs in 2019
Dua Lipa at the 26th MTV EMAs in 2019. Photo by Shutterstock (10464850dg)

Dua Lipa’s third studio album is on the way, and she has high expectations to live up to following the success of Future Nostalgia. This album defined 2020, but the Grammy-winning singer recently revealed she almost pushed its release because she felt conflicted about releasing it in the middle of quarantine.

Future Nostalgia was originally scheduled to be released in April 2020, but Lipa pushed its release to March 27 after it was leaked online. This has been a rocky time for the singer, who even considered postponing its release in the face of the global pandemic, but she eventually decided to share it with the world because she felt it would give people hope.

“Even though in my head I had envisioned that this was an album that was gonna be heard out and get people dancing, it was… I don’t know, it felt necessary to me to get it out there… And it kept people dancing in their homes. For that I’m very grateful,” said Lipa during a recent interview on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast.

Future Nostalgia later won awards for the British album of the year at the Brit Awards and the best pop vocal album at the Grammys. It produced some of the biggest hits of Lipa’s career so far, including “Don’t Start Now”, “Levitating”, “Break My Heart”, and “Love Again”.