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Dua Lipa Drops Album "Radical Optimism"

Fri 03 May 2024 | 02:14 PM
Dua Lipa
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British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa has finally dropped her highly-anticipated third studio album, "Radical Optimism". 

The 11-track project is Lipa’s first proper LP since 2020’s "Future Nostalgia" and is set to arrive on May 3.

The English singer-songwriter first announced "Radical Optimism" in March, simultaneously sharing its cover and tracklist. “Illusion” is the seventh title on the May 3-slated record, in between “French Exit” and “Falling Forever.”

“[Releasing the album] feels good. It feels for lack of a better word — radically optimistic,” Lipa previously said of her upcoming project, before explaining the idea behind the album cover, which features the singer floating in a wide open ocean facing a shark fin. 

“Throughout the whole record, there’s this idea of chaos happening around and me trying to push through it in a way that feels authentic and honest to me,” she added.

As to how she got the album title, the British artist attributed the phrase to a friend “A couple years ago, a friend introduced me to the term ‘radical optimism,’” she said in a statement announcing the album back in March. “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.”

The 28-year-old singer also opened up about the newly released album to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe earlier in the week and revealed which track resonates with her the most at the moment. 

“With this album, I feel like I’ve managed to put so much more honesty out there, and be really open in a way that I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to,” she shared. 

“There’s this one song, which is the last song in the album called ‘Happy for You.’ And I love that song because, to me, it’s about seeing someone who you were with move on, and be really happy for them. And I probably wouldn’t have been able to write that song on my first or second record because I don’t feel like I probably would’ve grown as a person or as an artist to be able to see someone that you loved move on. Or I would’ve found it difficult.” 

Listen to Dua Lipa’s "Radical Optimism" in full below.