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Dua Lipa on How Pink Changed
Dua Lipa on How Pink Changed

Dua Lipa on How Pink's 'Get the Party Started' Changed Her Life

The inspiration for Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” music video came from two unlikely sources: an ’80s Versace campaign photo and some deep research into flamingos.

The former features Naomi Campbell posing piggyback on top of Kristen McMenamy – a symbol of female support according to the singer-songwriter – and the latter travels in flocks, “so that made perfect sense because because they actually look after each other too,” Dua Lipa tells Variety at a recent photo shoot. 

The resulting colorful music video is just one of many of the pop-star’s latest hits, which have launched her career onto the international stage. The secret behind her songwriting success? Childhood poems and essays, which she still uses today.

“I was always keeping a diary or writing my thoughts in forms of poems or essays and because I had so many notes and little bits written down, that’s still kind of how I write to this day,” she says. “I take those notes, and I go to the studio, and I read back the notes, and if I still feel like they’re relevant to me today, then I will write a song about it.”

As for the sound of her music, Dua Lipa says “Get the Party Started” by Pink changed her life when she first heard the song as a child. 

I was quite young but there was something about it where I was like ‘oh my god,’ and that’s when I really got into Pink,” she says. “I got her ‘Misunderstood’ album, and I would just put the CD on and just listen to it over and over again; take the album booklet out; learn all the lyrics – that was just the way that I fell in love with the artist.”

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