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April 25, 2024 17 mins
Grammy award winning superstar Dua Lipa talks her new album, Radical Optimism, out May 3rd!

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Speaker 1 (00:01):
Today's Daily Highlight from Elvis Duran in the Morning Show.

Speaker 2 (00:05):
In the Morning Show, do Alipah on the way. You know,
I have almost mastered the dance that she performed at
the Grammys. Really, it's all over TikTok. All the kids
are doing it.

Speaker 3 (00:15):
Please do it when she's.

Speaker 2 (00:17):
No, No, I'm not. I'm not there yet. I'm close. I'm
very close. Anyway, do Alipa on the way. She had
a tattoo the other day. I want to ask her
where she got her tattoo. We've got all the deep
probing questions coming up, and here she is.

Speaker 1 (00:33):
Love it.

Speaker 2 (00:36):
Okay, thanks for being here.

Speaker 1 (00:38):
Thank you so much for having me.

Speaker 2 (00:39):
I'm so happy to be in New York City. Traffic sucks, doesn't.

Speaker 1 (00:42):
It, ben Bananas? But I'm here.

Speaker 2 (00:47):
We're saying it to do it. And if you come
to New York you know what we're talking about. If
you're if you're running early, then you're like, why did
we leave the hotel so early? If you're running lates,
like why didn't we leave? There is no happy media
and welcome to Hell. We call it home.

Speaker 1 (01:02):
I'm very happy to be here. Thanks for having me here.

Speaker 2 (01:04):
It's very interesting because when your first album came out.
What year was that seventeen? Okay, and that's when you're
getting that getting that motion going right. Second album Pandemic, Yes,
but we still loved it. Saying this the third album,
this is like, Okay, there's no excuses, there's no way

you can't hide, no not to do, and it sounds
so awesome. How proud of are you of your album?

Speaker 1 (01:31):
Thank you? Yeah, I'm really proud. And also, is it
it's like a new experience, you know, doing I don't know,
the promotion side of things in a completely different way.
It's like, oh, I can actually go out there and
see the fans and hang out and do shows and
things that I didn't have the opportunity to do with
the last record until two years after it was released. Right,

So this is like it's it's new stomping ground. I
love it, really happy, it.

Speaker 2 (01:58):
Is stomping, It's boots on the ground, you're running. I mean,
is it to the point now you're like, whoa is this?
Is this?

Speaker 1 (02:04):

Speaker 2 (02:05):
This is like? Forevermore?

Speaker 1 (02:07):
It's a lot of work, it's a lot, but it's fun.
I'm just it feels like such a release now as
we're getting closer and closer to the album coming out,
it just feels surreal.

Speaker 4 (02:16):
You know, when you were sorry when you originally started writing,
didn't you go into CVS and buy like a notebook
and then songs in it because you loved CVS or
something out of story?

Speaker 1 (02:26):
Well, yes, I definitely love CVS. I feel like I
got it. I end up going to CVS and just
buying a lot of random stuff I don't need. I
think that's really what happens with most of my CVS halls.
But I really needed a notebook, like I just needed
somewhere to write down my ideas. I didn't realize how
important that notebook when it ended up becoming. I was like,
I'm going into the studio. I need a notebook, And

it ended up becoming this like relic almost with all
my all my words and my lyrics and stories and
stuff for everything that I've written for this album.

Speaker 2 (02:57):
So lock it up. Yeah yeah, Well so you know
every artist we have and we love asking about the
writing process. So yours is a Cervus notebook. A lot
of people use voice notes on the phone.

Speaker 1 (03:08):
Yeah, I do voice notes too, but I think I
wanted to get off my phone as much as possible,
because I spend so much time on it that I
was like, I just want to put pen to paper
and kind of see the words. And it was just
a new, I don't know, experience, and I loved having something,
you know, to hold and to read and to see
if really felt like a diary that I.

Speaker 2 (03:29):
It won't disappear in the toilet definitely.

Speaker 1 (03:32):
Now I have it like I have it, you know,
photocoffeed and save very good, you know, scanned and I
you know, so nothing will happen to it.

Speaker 2 (03:41):
You've been very busy to us. So the Grammy performance,
which was unbelievable than you have you been to tiktalk.
Have you seen all of the dances everyone's learning, because
that dance was fierce. You have to agree, thank you,
thank you.

Speaker 1 (03:55):
In heels, In heels, you got to you've got to
give it some like sass or something. And I feel
like in heels, I just moved back right. But I
think it was really one of my dances. As he
had take took my mic and he goes, let's go.
That was like the hype excitement part that everyone kind
of latched onto and then they're like, all right, let's

recreate the dance routine. But it was just so much fun.
We had such a blast putting that together.

Speaker 2 (04:22):
Did you see kiky Boots the musical? You've seen the
kinky boots, haven't she was along the tall red boots
with a high, fierce heel.

Speaker 1 (04:29):
Maybe pull up a picture.

Speaker 2 (04:32):
So at night I go home, I closed, I close
the blind. I pulled my kinky boots. I'm almost halfway
done learning your dance. And when it's done, did you
do a video? No?

Speaker 1 (04:42):
No, no, no, come on, he.

Speaker 3 (04:47):
Actually has them.

Speaker 1 (04:49):
I gotta see it. I gotta see it.

Speaker 2 (04:51):
You didn't go with that grandy station until you already
I will not show you my kiky grimy dance. So
you were you were with Myers and you got a tattoo?

Speaker 1 (05:01):

Speaker 2 (05:02):
Were you really day drinking with Seth Myers?

Speaker 1 (05:04):
I not only as I day drinking, I got blackout?

Speaker 2 (05:09):
Okay, good? What was your cocktail of choice? I forgot?

Speaker 1 (05:11):
Well, unfortunately it was like an involuntary cocktail of rum, vodka, gin, tequila,
oh my god, and all of the above. Well, it
was a blast. We had the best time, but I
should have paced myself. Well, I was like, I was like,
I can handle this, I can drink and it kind

of backfire.

Speaker 2 (05:32):
It looked like a fun day. But are hitting a tattoo?

Speaker 1 (05:35):
Yeah? We did.

Speaker 2 (05:35):
Is this your first tattoo?

Speaker 1 (05:37):
No, okay, it's my twenty Okay, whoa. I had a couple,
but they're all quite small, so I have lots on
my hands and my arm wasn't looking.

Speaker 2 (05:47):
I'm I'm still I'm almost sixty years old. I still
don't hit my first tattoo because I can't make up
my mind.

Speaker 1 (05:53):
But don't do it.

Speaker 2 (05:55):
I want to do it. I want to do It's.

Speaker 1 (05:58):
Cooler without No, it's not, yeah, I mean.

Speaker 4 (06:04):

Speaker 1 (06:05):
Yeah, because now I've like started, so I might as
well carry on. But if you don't have any, it's
almost like more rare not to have any. So I
wouldn't even stop.

Speaker 2 (06:13):
I just want one. You don't look at my boobs,
so my boobs start to fall toward the ground.

Speaker 1 (06:17):
Kinky boobs?

Speaker 2 (06:18):
Absolutely? Why not? Yeah, let's get to the music. So
here you are if you're in the business orre if
you're not, just understand. This is the promotion time where
we have this album, we have this music we want
to share with the world. So we're going to travel
to every corner of the earth to make sure everyone
understands this, this album. What is the album talk? I

mean talk about radical optimism? What is it? I know
that's a stupid kind of broad based question.

Speaker 1 (06:45):
Well, radical optimism, to me is a term that was
introduced to a friend of mine and it basically resonated
with me through the whole time I was writing the record,
which is about resilience. It's about rolling with the punches.
It's about when things don't go your way of keeping
like an optimistic mindset. It's thinking about when something goes wrong,

how you feel like a week later, a month later,
and you look at things in hindsight or with perspective
and you go, oh, like, I can't believe I was
that worried about this thing. You know, it's over, it's done,
you know. And I think with that in mind, that
kind of helps to have a more positive and optimistic
approach that when things are bad, they're not going to
be bad for forever. And having that kind of ideology

in your mind makes all the bad things okay because
you know that you just have to get through them.
That's how you learn, that's how you grow. It's outside
your comfort zone where you progress, and that's kind of
the radical optimism that I feel like we all need
in life to just keep it moving.

Speaker 2 (07:48):
You have an advantage of musicians who put albums out
having advantage over the rest of us who don't, and
that is being able to chronicle where you were in life.
For instance, you were not the same to Alipa as
you were when you did your first album. You're not
even the same Dua Lipa you were when you when
you did Radical Optimism. You you have changed.

Speaker 1 (08:04):
You're what I'm saying, I've grown so much.

Speaker 2 (08:08):
So you can look you can look at your body
of work and goo, that's where I was then. I'm
not there anymore. I'm a different woman.

Speaker 1 (08:14):
Now, Yeah, for sure. And I think I look at
it fondly because it's like a time capstule of a
point in my life where I was, and it's nice
to look back at it and be like, oh, I've
grown so much from that point to where I am now.
I guess that's the that's the fun of it.

Speaker 3 (08:30):
I've read that not only are you having fun with
this tour because now you were these promotional tours that
you're doing now and going out and talking to people,
but that you also have a book club. I do,
and I find this fascinating. Do you actually read the
books or do you listen to audible?

Speaker 1 (08:43):
No, I read you read them? Yeah, I love, I love.
I think maybe it's again the thing like the notebook,
Like I love to have the physical copy, and it's
just so fun. I love when like, I love when
a book's like really like no idea.

Speaker 4 (08:55):
You are touching like such a special part of my
I have read what was I telling you to? Seven
fourteen books since January?

Speaker 1 (09:02):
Oh wow, amazing.

Speaker 4 (09:04):
And I have to have the physical copy as well.
I wasten audible too, but because I like to pass
them on like they're my babies to.

Speaker 2 (09:11):
Be Yah, I love it.

Speaker 1 (09:13):
I would like you to experience this. Here you go.
I love this so much. Yeah, yeah, I feel definitely.

Speaker 3 (09:19):
And I would imagine that reading so much also helps
you in the writing.

Speaker 1 (09:22):
Process one thousand percent. I think it just expands your
vocabulary and also just like your train of thought, your perspective,
you understand emotions in a completely different way, even things
that you haven't been through. You kind of see it
from someone else's eyes and it's yeah, it's moving.

Speaker 2 (09:37):
Do you gravitate toward autobiographies or literature or trashy novels,
and no. I love fiction, okay mainly.

Speaker 1 (09:46):
Something that I read recently that I loved so much
was Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. And it's
just so quirky and interesting in the way that it's
written is just beautiful. It takes a second to kind
of get into the voice of it, but I think
you'd like it. If you, Oh yeah, just love to
read a lot.

Speaker 2 (10:05):
You should.

Speaker 1 (10:06):
You should give it a go. It's the kind of
book that you should sit through and read it in
two sittings. But it's Yeah, I love fiction because I
love to dive into a different world.

Speaker 2 (10:18):
And when you said the title, a lot of people
listening going, oh my god, leave the d clap, the
double clap, the double class.

Speaker 5 (10:32):
I love that, I said, there is there could be
a problem if you're doing a big concert in a
sold out arena and rather than standing up and applauding
it at the end of a song, they just stand
up and go and then then that's it.

Speaker 1 (10:48):
I'm just like, I get it, but I don't get it.

Speaker 2 (10:51):
I'm in, I'm in. Are you having fun?

Speaker 1 (10:54):
I'm having the most fun.

Speaker 2 (10:55):
What's the most fun about this? I know that may
be a stupid question, but in the answer will work.

Speaker 1 (10:59):
I think it's just exciting. Every new experience is so fun.
And you know, since I've been able to talk about
the album title and like start releasing titles of the
songs and stuff, it's just been so freeing because I
can really explain what everything's been about. I think in
the beginning, when I'm just releasing singles and trying to
keep everything secret, that's so hard to talk in code.

So now I'm like it is, it's coming.

Speaker 2 (11:26):
A lot of text are coming through. Do It presents
the best shows. Most of the artists these days just
sing and run across the stage. You dancers, choreography, everything amazing,
love do it. I just watched Argyle You can do
it All. How much fun was Argyle?

Speaker 1 (11:41):
Oh? It was so much fun, so much fun. I
loved being on set. It was, yeah, again, an experience
I didn't know what to expect from, and everyone was lovely.
I worked a lot with Henry Cavill and John Cena
and my parts, and they were so lovely and generous
with their tie and just like patient with me while

I just kind of figured it out on the job,
and it was it was really fun.

Speaker 2 (12:08):
It was so it was like reading a great book.
Obviously our guy was. It was just it was just
so beautifully done. The I'm just blown away at the
imagination and the creativity that people have because you start
watching arg I'm not gonna give anything away if you
haven't seen it, you start watching it and they're like,
whoa where are we going for?

Speaker 1 (12:25):
So it's all who when it's such a ride? And
I guess that's like the that's the Matthew Vaughan, right mind. Yeah,
there's there's just like lots of ideas and it's it's
it's very much his thing. It's so cool.

Speaker 2 (12:39):
Now you do take time to read books? Do you
do you watch film?

Speaker 1 (12:43):
I do watch film, yeah, but I prefer to read.
I guess.

Speaker 4 (12:47):
Oh gosh, I love her more and more.

Speaker 2 (12:50):
The Gentleman.

Speaker 1 (12:52):
Oh, yes, I seen I've seen the film, but I
haven't seen the series.

Speaker 2 (12:55):
Oh it's so good.

Speaker 1 (12:57):
It's really good. I love thee guy Richie. Yeah, it
was so good.

Speaker 3 (13:02):
Is there a book that you've read that you just think,
oh my god, when and if this becomes a film.

Speaker 1 (13:06):
I got to be part of it.

Speaker 3 (13:09):
Oh, let's make it happen right now, speak it into existence.

Speaker 1 (13:14):
I don't know. I don't know about like being in it.
I would love to, like maybe be in the behind
the scenes. I'm a really big fan of the author
Douglas Stewart, and he wrote this incredible book called Chuggy Bain,
And I mean I kind of know that that one's
in the works. Oh, I'd love to, like maybe make
music for it, get involved somehow for sure.

Speaker 4 (13:35):
Do you love being a redhead? And how much die
do you see in the shower?

Speaker 1 (13:38):
I love being a redhead. The maintenance is a nightmare.
It does look like I've murdered someone every time I
get into the shower, usually on the first wash, and
then it kind of calms down. But I love it.
I don't know. I have a lot of fun being
a red head. Nice.

Speaker 3 (13:58):
How often do you have to keep up with it?

Speaker 1 (14:01):
I have to die every like week and a half
to just kind of give it a.

Speaker 2 (14:06):
G The payoff is very strong.

Speaker 1 (14:09):
It's fun. It's fun.

Speaker 2 (14:11):
I'm gonna go back to something you were talking about
a second ago about how life is basically paraphrasing, life
is just full of adventures, trying new things, doing doing
exciting things on your promotional tour, this and that. I'm
thinking of someone in their car in traffic going to
work right now, going gosh, how can that I apply

a life like that to me. Let's say you don't
have choreographers and you don't have Grammy performances, you don't
have a life full of studio recording sessions and writing sessions,
but you have a life where you, you know, whatever
your life is, there's got to be a way that
any of us can have the dua leap of life
where we are experiencing new things. How do you like

scratch the surface with like diving into things that are
almost frightening because they're so so new and different.

Speaker 1 (15:02):
I think it's easy. I think it really just starts,
like you just have to stop by saying yes, you know.
I think whether it's trying a new restaurant and eating
something that you probably wouldn't do before, like that already
is like diving into the deep end and something maybe
that you wouldn't have thought you would have done before.
I think you can find different things exploring a new

part of town, a new bookstore, a new film, and
new like, there's so many different ways to kind of
include that discovery into your life.

Speaker 2 (15:33):
You know, it's scary, though, I mean to show up
on set at Argyle to Argyle, were you a little nervous?

Speaker 1 (15:40):
I mean, or you just definitely absolutely, But I get
nervous for even like my my everyday job that I
think I'm good at. You know, I'm like, I get
so nervous because I want to be I want to
be really good at it, and I want to like
be precise or like deliberate with my actions or you know,
make sure that I'm given one hundred and ten percent

of what I'm doing. So when I'm going into something
where really I'm on like shaky ground on my my
like my feet are dangling off the edges, I like
to kind of call it where it scares me, where
I'm out of my comfort zone, then of course I'm
much more nervous, but I'm willing and ready to just
kind of learn.

Speaker 2 (16:19):
So anyone in life can do this, And that's the
magic thing. Can always say. They get turned to me
saying the same thing over and over. But there is
such a thin thin line between fright and excitement, right,
and it's good to be have that courage to go, Okay,
you know, I'm gonna do a pottery class. I'm going
to try to make a vase. It's gonna look like
a misshapen penis, but I'm gonna try.

Speaker 4 (16:41):

Speaker 1 (16:41):
But it's true because you have to, like, for me,
for example, like I know, I can't draw, I can't paint.
I can't that's like stick people at the very best too.
But I would like throw myself into the experience and
just be like, all right, this is gonna look terrible,
but it's it's you just got to do it, you know,
jump into it.

Speaker 2 (17:01):

Speaker 1 (17:02):
So the postery thing is a perfect example. I haven't
done that yet. I'm too scared, and I should.

Speaker 2 (17:07):
It's a lot of misshaped penises. Morning here for a friend,
Well do it. Thank you for coming in here today.
Having first radical optimism. It's not it's more than just
a bunch of music on an album. It's a lot
of work. It's a lot of taking chances. It's the
feel and texture of different sounds with different collaborations. I mean,
there's so much more that goes into these things than

we all then we know that we were aware of.
And that's why it's important on this tour that you
remind everyone of what goes into this album. It's so
cool a lot, dude.

Speaker 1 (17:38):
Thanks all right, thank you so much, thank you.

Speaker 5 (17:41):
Great day.

Speaker 2 (17:42):
Hey, what's up? This is Justin Bieber here. Hi. This
is Elton Jump, this is Britney Spears. Elvis in the
Morning Show.

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