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Dua Lipa – Levitating

Levitating” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). The song was written by Lipa, Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson and Stephen Kozmeniuk, with the image of Mike Myers in Austin Powers in mind. The production was handled by Koz and Stuart Price, and stemmed from a Roland VP-330 synthesizer sample played by the former. The song was serviced to contemporary hit radio formats in Italy on 13 August 2020 as the fifth single from the album. The song is an electro-disco, nu-disco and pop-funk song with several disco tropes, and elements of dance-pop, electronic, 1990s pop and R&B, power pop, space rock and 1980s music. The lyrics describe the idea of “levitating” when falling in love, with several outer space references. The song was met with positive reviews from music critics, with many praising the song’s danceability; however others criticised the Blondie-influenced rap Lipa performs in the middle eight. The song has so far reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.

A remix of “Levitating” by The Blessed Madonna featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott was released for digital download and streaming on 13 August 2020 as the lead single from Lipa and The Blessed Madonna’s remix album Club Future Nostalgia (2020). It was categorised as a club, electro-disco, electro house, future bass, and techno track, with a trowback disco and trance vibe, and an increased tempo from the original. The remix was met with mixed reviews from critics; many complimented the three singers’ vocals, while many criticised the new production. It peaked at number 10 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart as well as reaching number 35 in Australia and 76 in Italy. It was accompanied by a music video directed by Will Hooper and filmed in London and Atlanta. With a theme of “love conquers all”, the video sees many people under the influence of a mysterious planet, and being obsessed with a maze-like symbol. The video was praised for its mythical imagery. Both Madonna and The Blessed Madonna are absent from the video, however both Lipa and Elliott appear in it.

A second remix of “Levitating” featuring American rapper DaBaby was released on digital download and streaming services on 1 October 2020. It appears in the bonus edition of Future Nostalgia, and impacted contemporary hit radio formats in the United States on 6 October 2020 as the album’s third single in the country. The remix has the same production used in the original, with DaBaby adding a pop rap verse and intro. It has so far reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 39 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. The remix received a music video that was directed by Warren Fu and created in partnership with social media platform TikTok. The video sees Lipa and DaBaby dancing in an art deco-styled elevator, with many TikTok users in the cast. The video was complimented for its Studio 54 and disco aesthetics.

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