Dua Lipa Celebrates Five Year Anniversary of Debut Album: ‘I Thank My Lucky Stars’
Dua Lipa has certainly come a long way since the release of her self-titled first album in 2017. The 26-year-old singer took a moment on Wednesday (June 2) to reflect on the impressive trajectory her career has taken in the past five years, sharing her gratitude via social media.
“5 years ago today I dropped my debut album,” she wrote, captioning a series of old photos from that time period.
“I’m so proud of every baby step and stepping stone, every room, club and venue, every artist, songwriter and producer that I’ve been lucky to write and collaborate with and that has led me to where I am today,” she continued, adding: “I thank my lucky stars everyday and I thank you all for being on this insane journey with me,” punctuating her heartfelt message with a single “x.”
The “Don’t Start Now” songstress’ first album peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and spawned many successful singles including the blockbuster hit “New Rules,” which made its way to No. 6 on the Hot 100 chart, sticking around for a staggering 48 weeks, and also hit No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart, the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart and the Pop Airplay chart.
The pop star is currently on the road in support of her second album, Future Nostalgia, finishing up the European leg of the tour which wraps up on June 6 in Lisbon, Portugal. She’s also been steadily releasing new music and collaborations since Future Nostalgia came out 2 years ago, most recently teaming up with Calvin Harris and Young Thug for breezy track “Potion.”
Calvin Harris fans have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up to the DJ’s 2017 release, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, and the first taste of the new project has finally arrived after a near five-year wait. “Potion” is a collaborative effort between Dua Lipa and Young Thug. Lipa simmers on the sultry track, while the rapper provides an assist by rhyming about the debauchery that a good summer can provide. The result is a sweltering, soon-to-be hit that’s primed for dominating party playlists over the next few months.
Chris Martin Says It ‘Would Be Hard’ For Coldplay to Top ‘My Universe’ Collab With BTS
Once you’re reached the very top, where is there to go, really? That’s the happy conundrum Coldplay found themselves in after their global smash collaboration with BTS, “My Universe,” gave the band their first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 14 years.
“We’ve sort of come to the end of doing singles as Coldplay, I think we’ve probably finished doing that,” singer Chris Martin told Billboard backstage just before the band’s first of two sold-out nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field over the weekend. “‘My Universe’ felt like, ‘well, we can’t go poppier or more single-y than that and that felt so good,” he added when asked about hitting the top of the charts again in October with the song featuring the biggest K-pop band on the planet.
Martin joked that it “might just be another BTS No. 1,” even though the bouncy track appears on Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres album. “With all these things it has to be that you really like the artist and then the right song comes along,” he explained, pointing to the Spheres single “Let Somebody Go,” with Selena Gomez as another example of perfect voice, perfect timing. “Her voice is up there with our favorite singing voices, along with Rihanna and Beyoncé and some other people we’ve been really lucky to work with,” Martin said of Gomez.
Guitarist Jonny Buckland added that it “just really felt good” working with BTS, though he wasn’t sure they knew how special it was in the moment. “You get excited about it [but you don’t know],” Buckland said. Martin recalled that he’d heard BTS’ Jin say he liked Coldplay and then the group covered “Fix You” in early 2021, leading to a rumor that BTS had asked for a song they might be able to work on together.
“At first I was like, ‘there’s no way that’s ever going to work, ever. How could that possibly be? We’re like four retired janitors and they’re like Korea’s handsomest people,'” Martin laughed. But the idea got into his head and when he heard a loop someone on the band’s team had made, he asked if he could have it to drive around and listen to. “I was driving around — which is very rare because I don’t really like driving — and this chorus [for] ‘My Universe‘ just came through and the whole song appeared in one go,” he said of the flash of inspiration that yielded Coldplay’s first No. 1 since “Viva La Vida” hit the top in 2008.
The vocalist then ran back to the studio and once he’d laid some of it down he knew the song had to happen. “As soon as I started singing it it felt good and I was like, ‘This has to be for us and BTS because it’s about forbidden love… then the rest carried on as it did. I felt like it was really cool from the beginning.” The result is that there is “definitely mutual admiration” between the two camps, according to Martin, who noted that the collab was “way more fun that we would have ever thought.”
Though they came up in very different systems in the music business, Martin said the thing that binds the two groups is as simple as the single word on the thousands of lapel pins Coldplay hand out to fans on each stop of their current world tour: Love (stylized with a heart in the O and a dove-shaped V). “The main similarity and the core one is that they really get along and they really cherish each other and look out for each other and that’s the same [with Coldplay],” he said.
Harry Styles Shoots a $300 Video For ‘Daylight’ in Superfans’ Cramped Brooklyn Apartment
"Should we just scrap it? Is it too late to do a 'Carpool Karaoke'?" Styles asked at one point of the James Corden-directed visual.
Harry Styles is a legendarily good sport. How good? When his old pal James Corden suggested they hit the streets of Brooklyn on Thursday night’s (May 26) Late Late Show in search of someone willing to let them shoot a low-budget video for the swaying Harry’s House ballad “Daylight,” the singer said he’d give it a shot.
After inviting them into the space — which included one woman’s room larded with so much Styles and One Direction memorabilia that Corden called her a “crazy psychopath” after spotting a Harry-as-Harry-Potter drawing — they got to work filming the clip with the aid of a closetful of silly props.
Harry was game, but his patience for novice director Corden’s setups started to run thin around the time the comedian asked if the singer could take his shirt off for a moody “sexy as f–k” bathtub shot.
“Should we just scrap it? Is it too late to do a Carpool Karaoke?” Styles asked amid the endless silly direction from James. “I can’t stress this enough: This was all James’ idea,” the pop star lamented, reminding viewers that he was in Dunkirk, a Christopher Nolan movie.
Things cranked up when the ladies invited a bunch of their friends over for a party scene, and the pair hit the possibly not safe roof for a special effects shot in which Corden donned a skintight green screen morph suit for a bit where bluebirds appear to fly around Styles’ head. The singer, however, was distracted by Corden’s, let’s say lower third. “Yeah, you’re not allowed to show the outline of a phallus on CBS,” Corden said as the pop star playfully knocked on his director’s protective cup.
There were floating golden hats, silly sparkly vests, an apartment full of superfans encouraging Harry to scarf pizza, 100 glow sticks, and one pop star who, surprisingly, ended up looking kind of cool in the end.
Was he psyched about it? Not really.
Especially after first-time director Corden and crew knocked on a few doors in search of a location for their three-hour, $300 production and got turned down twice. But, undeterred, they knocked on a third and found the perfect spot: a flat that just happened to be occupied by quartet of young women who were properly gobsmacked when they found out who the video star was. “This isn’t real!” said one as she covered her face in disbelief.