Dua Lipa fans are eagerly awaiting the pop star’s third studio album, which is expected to follow her critically acclaimed and commercially successful Future Nostalgia era. While the details of the new album are still under wraps, one person who has heard some of it is Mark Ronson, the Grammy-winning producer, and songwriter who has collaborated with Lipa on several occasions.
Ronson recently spoke to Vulture about his role as the executive producer of the Barbie soundtrack, which features Lipa as the lead vocalist on the disco-infused single ‘Dance The Night’. The song, which was co-written by Lipa and Caroline Ailin, is a catchy and uplifting anthem that celebrates Barbie’s journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
Many fans speculated that the disco-leaning track serves as a continuation of Lipa’s highly successful Future Nostalgia era, but Ronson begs to differ. Speaking about the pop star’s next album, the “Uptown Funk” artist said, “I’ve heard some of it and it’s incredible. I think that’s why there’s the disco ball that smashes in the video, right? This feels like her triumphant stomp on that era of her music into whatever she does next.”
Ronson’s comments echo Lipa’s own hints at a sonic pivot for her third album, which she revealed in an interview with British Vogue last year. “I’m working on some bits, so possibly there will be something soon,” she said. “Future Nostalgia was the album that I wanted to make, but I feel like I’m ready to do something different.”
While we don’t know much about what Lipa has in store for us, we can expect her to deliver another batch of catchy and empowering songs that showcase her versatility and growth as an artist. As Ronson put it, “She’s just one of those people who can do anything.”
Barbie: The Album is set to be released on July 21, along with the film’s theatrical release. The soundtrack also features collaborations with Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj x Ice Spice, and more.