Aug 14

Clubs are closed, but Dua Lipa’s still trying to “bring the fun” with ‘Club Future Nostalgia’

Photo: Tim Walker; Styled by: Sara MoonvesDua Lipa is releasing a remix album, Club Future Nostalgia, later this month.  While she realizes that she's putting out an album full of dance songs at a time when all the clubs are closed, she still feels it's a project worth doing.

Dua graces one of two covers of W magazine's Music Issue, and inside, she explains that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, dance music still has its place.

"What I’ve realized during this time is that you can bring the fun no matter where you are," she tells W. "If I can make music to aid that in any way, then I feel like I’m doing my job.”

She says she took a similar approach to releasing the original Future Nostalgia album, which has produced the smashes "Don't Start Now" and "Break My Heart."

“My biggest hope for putting this album out at a time like this was that during moments of uncertainty, it would give people the best kitchen dance parties ever,” she says.

But while she's got the world dancing in their kitchens, Dua admits that enjoying music in a crowd is something she really misses.

"I miss touring, that human connection, having the excitement of going out to a restaurant or a bar or something and hearing a song and just freaking out that it’s out,” she says. 

However, she points out, "It’s important to remember that we’re all collectively going through the same thing, and right now there’s no fear of missing out in any way. We’ll just have to pick things up where we left off when the time is right.”

The Music Issue of W magazine is available on August 25.

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Aug 14

Katy Perry posts photos of herself with Kamala Harris, endorses Biden/Harris ticket

ABCWhile many celebrities were positive about Joe Biden's choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Katy Perry went one step beyond simply approving of the decision.

Katy, a California native, posted several photos of herself with Harris who, before being elected California's junior senator, served as the attorney general of the Golden State.  One photo shows Katy posting with Harris, Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande.

"I’ve had the privilege of getting to know @kamalaharris over the years and @joebiden choosing her as his running mate is already a testament to his decision making: Kamala is exactly the kind of leader WITH experience we desperately need right now," Katy wrote.

"She’s the type of person willing to put in the WORK to make our country better," she added. "Less than 3 months until Election Day. LET’S DO THIS YA’LL."

On Twitter, fans seemed to respond positively to Katy's message, but on Instagram, the comments section was flooded by Trump supporters.

During the 2016 election, Katy was a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton.

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Aug 14

Are you “Happy Now” that Pentatonix has released a new original track?

RCA RecordsNot long ago, Pentatonix told ABC Audio that they were readying an album of new, original songs, their first since 2015.  Now we've got the first taste of that project.

The a cappella quintet has just put out "Happy Now," the first release from the album. The song is about taking the next step after a relationship ends, as the group sings, "Is it illegal to move on without you?/Am I allowed to when I'm without you?/Is it illegal to dance like I'm about to?/Am I allowed to when I'm without you?/I wanna be happy now."

In a statement, Kirstin Maldonado says, "We’ve all been evolving -- individually and as a group -- and I think we’ve really leveled up in terms of seeking out our own happiness.  So, to me, this song is a little bit about us turning the page and being ready for a new chapter.”

"Happy Now" is the follow-up to the group's At Home EP, which featured renditions of hits by Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, The Cranberries and Billie Eilish.

So far, there's no release date for the original album, but it's expected later this year.

By Andrea Dresdale
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