Thursday, October 1, 2020

Dua Lipa released “Levitating”


Dua Lipa with DaBaby

Writer(s): Dua Lipa, Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson, Stephen Kozmeniuk, DaBaby (see lyrics here)

Released: October 1, 2020

First Charted: October 17, 2020

Peak: 2 US, 17 BA, 11 DG, 13 RR, 114 AC, 17 A40, 5 UK, 13 CN, 4 AU, 12 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 1.8 UK, 9.01 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1361.61 video, 2925.55 streaming


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About the Song:

Dua Lipa released her self-titled debut album in 2017. It produced a top-10 hit in the UK with “Be the One” as well as the #1 song “New Rules,” which was also a top-10 hit in the U.S. Her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, followed in 2020. It produced three more top-10 hits in the UK, including “Don’t Start Now,” which reached #2 in America. The biggest song, however, was “Levitating,” which gave Dua Lipa her fourth top-10 hit from the album in the UK and another #2 hit in the U.S. The song spent 41 weeks in the top 10 and become one of the longest-charting songs in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. It was named Billboard magazine’s song of the year in 2021.

The ”electro-disco” WK song “incorporates elements of dance-pop, pop-funk, power pop, and space rock, as well as 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s pop and R&B styles.” WK Stephen Kozmeniuk, the producer, thought it would be cool to craft a “slinky disco track” WK and he and Lupa settled in on the idea of using old instruments, such as a Roland VP-330 snythesizer. WK

When the songwriting team was crafting lyrics, they took inspiration from an Austin Powers movie, imagining Mike Myers dancing to the song. WK Lupa said the writers danced all the way through the making of the song. WK Lyrically, the title describes the idea of levitating when falling in love, using “an exaggerated metaphor of love as a spaceship to transmit radiant euphoria and happiness.” WK She said, “It’s about having fun and meeting someone and falling in love.” SF

The single is actually the second remix of the song. The first was done with Madonna and Missy Elliott while the second was with DaBaby. Lipa had already added what she called her “British version of Blondie’s rapping” SF on the original to emphasize her British accent because some people didn’t realize she was from England. While some, such as Jamie Parmenter of Vinyl Chapters, expressed the “pleasure of hearing the singer’s English accent” WK there were others, such as Under the Radar’s Conrad Duncan which called it a “bafflingly unnecessary misfire.” WK DaBaby contributed a new pop-rap verse and intro over the original’s production. WK


First posted 3/15/2022; last updated 3/25/2024.

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