Backed by a three-piece band and her name in neon lights, Dua Lipa took the stage of a sold out Irving Plaza last Wednesday night. She greeted the audience saying, "New York, go f---ing crazy with me," to which they greeted her with a sea of phones recording her opening number, "Last Dance." At one point, she got so overwhelmed by the crowd she forgot the lyrics to a song, but she stopped the band and started over, having the audience sing the verse for her instead.
During her stripped-down ballad "Thinking 'Bout You," she was accompanied by nothing but a guitar and the audience's voices, so loud they almost drowned her out. "It's moments like this that I really have to pinch myself to believe this is all happening," she said. "I honestly can't believe it, thank you so much. I just need a moment to take this in."
Billboard sat down with Lipa after the show to talk about her whirlwind career and what's next for her.
So your first headlining U.S. tour! How has it been?
It's been amazing. I've toured around the U.K. and Europe, but this my first time headlining in the U.S. I supported Troye Sivan on his last [U.S.] tour, so that was kind of my first little taste of a U.S. crowd, and I absolutely loved it. It's crazy to get to travel the world and to visit all these places I've never been before. Like I said onstage, it's been my dream my whole life to get up onstage and have people in the audience singing my songs back at me. It's been mental.
Tell us about collaborating with Martin Garrix (On their song "Scared to Be Lonely").
He is an absolute babe. He's so humble - even with all the success he's had, he's still so down to earth. He's so hard-working, talented, creative… He's a really special guy. He's there for the music. It was an honor to collaborate with someone like that.
What's next for you?
Well my album is finished, and it's set to be released June 2nd. It's all being mixed and mastered this month. There's a lot of exciting things coming up - a couple collaborations that I want to release, but I'm not telling anyone [who's on them] until they're all on that little CD, so it'll be set in stone and no one can f*ck with it. [In the U.S.,] I'll be playing at Governors Ball [in NYC] and Bonnaroo [in Manchester, TN], plus a few festivals that haven't been announced yet. I'll be definitely doing some U.K. and European [festivals] as well, and I'm traveling to Japan, which I'm f---ing psyched about, and Jakarta. It's going to be a fun summer.
Room For 2
Hotter Than Hell
No Lie (Sean Paul cover)
Thinkin' Bout You
Scared To Be Lonely
Be the One
Blow Your Mind (Mwah)