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Levitating “Dua Lipa Ft. DaBaby”

Levitating “Dua Lipa Ft. DaBaby” Description

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 production being handled by Kozmeniuk and Stuart Price. The song was serviced to contemporary hit radio formats in Italy on 13 August 2020 as the fifth single from the album, and will impact adult contemporary radio in the United States as the album’s third single the country.

The song is a dance, electro-disco, pop-funk, power pop, and space rock song, with a 1990s pop and R&B feel, and retro and 1980s elements. It includes a rap by Lipa, influenced by Blondie and lyrically has several outer space references describing a love that is written in the stars.

A remix of “Levitating” by The Blessed Madonna featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott is included on Lipa and The Blessed Madonna’s remix album Club Future Nostalgia (2020). It was released as the album’s lead single on 13 August 2020. The remix is an electro-disco, electro house, future bass, and techno track, that increases the tempo of the original. It was accompanied by a music video, directed by Will Hooper and filmed in London. A remix featuring DaBaby was released on 1 October 2020.

Background and release

After figuring out the title of her second studio album, Future Nostalgia, Lipa began working backwards, figuring out the sound she desired. Shortly after, “Levitating” was written, which is the first track recorded that appears on the album’s final track listing. The song was written in a studio session in Jamaica between Lipa, Clarence Coffee Jr. of The Monsters & Strangerz, Sarah Hudson and Stephen Kozmeniuk.

The session ended up with the collaborators ordering doughnuts and ‘levitating’ from the amount of sugar they consumed. Lipa recalled feeling as though she was in Austin Powers when writing. She also decided to add a rap in order to get her British side across, because she often gets mistaken from where she is actually from. The song helped dictate what the rest of Future Nostalgia would sound like and where Lipa thought everything made sense, where she had both the “future” and “nostalgia” elements. She called it the “starting point” of the album.

When preparing for the official single release of “Levitating”, Lipa originally intended to release a “fun” club remix by The Blessed Madonna. After finishing the remix, Lipa thought that Madonna and Missy Elliott would sound amazing on it. Lipa reached out to both of them via email, thinking that both would say they were too busy, but hoped at least one would say yes. However, both Madonna and Elliott responded to Lipa stating they were up for it and enjoyed the track. Lipa compared recording the remix to a massive jigsaw puzzle, where she was waiting for parts to be recorded and listening back on her phone.

Music and lyrics

The solo version of “Levitating” is a dance, electro-disco, pop-funk, power pop, and space rock song, drawing influence from electronic music, with retro and 1980s elements, and a 1990s pop and R&B feel. The song runs for 3 minutes and 23 seconds and is composed in 44 time and the key of B minor, with a tempo of 88 beats per minute. It includes lush verses and electrifying, euphoric and blissful 1990s choruses.

The middle eight includes a Blondie-influenced rap, where Lipa notably uses her British accent. The production includes campy disco tropes, funky synth beats, a squelchy bass, rubbery basslines, syncopated handclaps, nu-disco rhythms, wonky and bizarre synths, funky guitars, talk box vocals, a hypnotic synth line and disco strings.

“Levitating” has many outer space references, using the metaphor of love as a spaceship to transmit radiant euphoria and happiness. Lyrically, the song sees Lipa exposing her feelings for a significant other. For NME, Rhian Daly stated she sings about “a love ‘written in the stars’,” while 411Mania‘s David Hayter, labelled it an “intergalactic ode to orgasms.” The song received many comparisons to the works of Chic, Daft Punk, Debbie Harry, The Jackson 5 (“Blame It on the Boogie”, 1978), Kylie Minogue, Moloko, Kate Nash, Outkast (“Rosa Parks”, 1998), Katy Perry, the Spice Girls, Tinie Tempah (“Pass Out”, 2010), The Weeknd (Starboy, 2016), and Super Mario 64 (1996) sound effects.

It had to be fun and bubbly but with lyrics that felt really smart. This is about me exploring happy songs and doing something that’s not ‘dance crying’. It’s about having fun and meeting someone and falling in love and thinking, ‘You’ve probably met me at the perfect time, let’s just go for it.’ It’s the feeling when love makes you feel like you’re levitating. It’s otherworldly. Things get quite Daft Punk-y here, but it’s playful.

— Lipa on “Levitating”.

The Blessed Madonna remix version of “Levitating” is an electro-disco, electro house, future bass and techno track, with a throwback disco vibe, running for 4 minutes and 10 seconds. It increases the BPM of the original version with Lipa, Madonna, and Elliott each contributing a verse while Lipa and Madonna harmonize together. The remix has a dance-orientated production, with Daft Punk-esque vocoder backing vocals, accelerated pounding bass thuds, flickering synths, laid-back, groove-driven beats, and 2020 harmonies.

Release and promotion

“Levitating” was released for digital download and streaming on 27 March 2020 as the fifth track on Lipa’s second studio album, Future Nostalgia. On 30 June 2020, Lipa’s manager Ben Mawson revealed in an interview with Music Week that Lipa’s team was attempting to organize a collaboration between her and American singer Madonna. Future Nostalgia was heavily influenced by Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, both of which feature songs co-produced by Stuart Price, including “Levitating”. On 27 July 2020, Lipa announced the single release of a remix of “Levitating” by The Blessed Madonna featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott.

The song was later confirmed to be the lead single of Lipa and The Blessed Madonna’s remix album, Club Future Nostalgia. The song premiered at 09:00 PT (16:00 UTC) on 13 August 2020, being released for digital download and streaming. Both the remix and original version were serviced to contemporary hit radio formats in Italy the same day, making the original version Future Nostalgia‘s fifth single. The remix was also released on 12-inch vinyl on 21 August 2020 by We Still Believe, an independent label owned by The Blessed Madonna.

On 25 September 2020, DaBaby confirmed in an interview with Capital FM that he had a collaboration with Lipa coming out soon. Later that day, Lipa announced that a remix of “Levitating” featuring DaBaby would be released a week later. The remix’s cover art was shot by Joseph Ford with a Sony A7III Camera, with a Sony 24-70 2.8 GM lens, a lighting of speedlight, an f-stop of f/3.2, a shutter of 1/160, and an ISO of 1000.

It premiered at 18:00 ET (23:00 UTC) on 1 October 2020, being released for digital download and streaming. The remix is set to be serviced to contemporary hit radio formats in the United States on 6 October 2020, and was scheduled to be serviced to adult contemporary radio formats on 19 October 2020 in the country, but was ultimately replaced with the original, serving as Future Nostalgia‘s third single in the United States.

Critical reception

“Levitating” received generally favourable reviews from music critics. In The Guardian, Laura Snapes stated that the song “blooms like a row of tropical flowers.” For Crack Magazine, Michael Cragg noted it’s French bloghouse hallmarks, previously explored on “Don’t Start Now”. DIY‘s Elly Watson labelled the song “dancefloor-ready,” while Mike Nied of Idolator named it multiple titles, including a “starry-eyed love song,” a “straight up sugar rush,” an “intergalactic adventure,” and “breezy and feel-good” For Billboard, Bianca Gracie labelled it a “summery jam” and recommended playing it on a Miami road trip.

Nick Smith of musicOMH stated that the song comes off as “a funky caffeine and sugar overdose.” In Slant Magazine, Sal Cinquemani praised it, labelling it a “good earworm.” Bailey Slater of Wonderland called it a “roller disco bop” and thought that it would go viral on TikTok.

For Vinyl Chapters, Jamie Parmenter praised Lipa’s rap in the middle eight, writing one has the “pleasure of hearing the singer’s English accent” and it “shows the confidence she has in her own talent.” Conrad Duncan of Under the Radar criticized the rap calling it a “bafflingly unnecessary misfire”, while also noting its aim for Kurtis Blow. The Arts Desk’s Joe Muggs also criticized the rap, writing it “falls short”. Gabbie Nirenburg of No Ripcord praised “Levitating”‘s blend of disco and futuristic while also calling the lyrics “clever”.

For The Young Folks, Ryan Feyre called the song a high point on Future Nostalgia and wrote that it’s “filled with raw adrenaline.” In September 2020, Callie Ahlgrim of Business Insider named “Levitating” on of the best songs of 2020 at the times, labelling it Future Nostalgia‘s “most enchanting track” and one of Lipa’s “best ever” songs. She went on to praise it for getting better with every listen and her use of pet-names, as well as calling the song “sugary,” “upbeat,” and “unabashed.”

In Rolling Stone, Brittany Spanos viewed the Blessed Madonna “Levitating” remix as “tongue-twistingly,” and a “fast-paced romp,” while also labelling Elliott’s verse “flirty” and “freaky.” The staff of Rap-Up called it a “pulsing dance-floor bop.” Billboard‘s Katie Bain stated the remix brings the original to “new heights,” while Heran Mamo of the same magazine stated it shows Lipa’s “star power.” For Entertainment Weekly, Nick Romano said the remix is “what you need to turn any isolated apartment into the hottest club.”

Music videos

The Blessed Madonna Remix

On 18 June 2020, it was reported that Lipa was filming a music video for Future Nostalgia‘s next single, and that her boyfriend, Anwar Hadid, would portray her love interest in the video. The video was filmed in mid-June at a studio in London. The visual for The Blessed Madonna remix premiered at 05:00 PT (12:00 UTC) on 14 August 2020. The music video was directed by Will Hooper.

Cast

  • Dua Lipa – herself
  • Anwar Hadid – himself
  • Missy Elliott – herself
  • Essel T – orb
  • Elizabeth Ojambo – moon
  • Anna Sari – crystal couple
  • Gii – crystal couple
  • Nimie – cosmic symbol
  • Sarah Lysander Carter – kiss 1
  • Bashir Arab-Sanchez – kiss 2
  • Tayce – celestial being
  • Leah Coulson – love hearts
  • Felicity Dunstan – telescope
  • Jeremy Lecoq – skater
  • Amar Direnzo – skater
  • Oliver Reid – skater
  • Boni Dimitrova – skater
  • Coral Sinclair Fenn – skater
  • Max Vallance – skater
  • Jada-Kai Francis – skater
  • Graham Hancock – skater

Charts

“Levitating”
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia Airplay (Radiomonitor) 16
Greece (IFPI) 97
Hungary (Single Top 40) 29
Ireland (IRMA) 41
Lithuania (AGATA) 41
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) 6
Portugal (AFP) 83
Scotland (OCC) 22
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 62
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 71
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 65
UK Singles (OCC)
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Levitating “Dua Lipa Ft. DaBaby” Lyrics

Intro: DaBaby
Billboard Baby, Dua Lipa make ‘em dance when it come on
Everybody lookin’ for a dancefloor to run on

Verse 1: Dua Lipa
If you wanna run away with me, I know a galaxy
And I can take you for a ride
I had a premonition that we fell into a rhythm
Where the music don’t stop for life

Glitter in the sky, glitter in my eyes
Shining just the way I like
If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of company
You met me at the perfect time

Pre-Chorus: Dua Lipa
You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Chorus: Dua Lipa
I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating
You, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You’re the moonlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating

Verse 2: DaBaby
I’m one of the greatest, ain’t no debatin’ on it (Let’s go)
I’m still levitating, I’m heavily medicated
Ironic I gave ‘em love and they end up hatin’ on me (Go)
She told me love me and she been waitin’

Been fightin’ hard for your love and I’m runnin’ thin on my patience
Needed someone to hug, even took it back to the basics
You see what you got me out here doin’? (Yeah)
Mighta threw me off, but can’t nobody stop the movement
Uh-uh, let’s go

Left foot, right foot, levitatin’ (C’mon)
Pop stars (Go), Dua Lipa with DaBaby
I had to lace my shoes for all the blessings I was chasin’ (Go)
If I ever slip, I’ll fall into a better situation
So catch up, go put some cheese on it

Get out and get your bread up (Yeah, yeah)
They always leave when you fall, but you run together (Hey)
Weight of the world on my shoulders, I kept my head up
Now, baby, stand up, ‘cause, girl, you

Pre-Chorus: Dua Lipa & DaBaby
You want me (Hey), I want you, baby (Hey)
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Chorus: Dua Lipa
I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating
You, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You’re the moonlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating

Post-Chorus: Dua Lipa
You can fly away with me tonight
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m levitating (Woo)

You can fly away with me tonight
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Woo)

Bridge: Dua Lipa
My love is like a rocket, watch it blast off
And I’m feeling so electric, dance my ass off
And even if I wanted to, I can’t stop
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

My love is like a rocket, watch it blast off
And I’m feeling so electric, dance my ass off
And even if I wanted to, I can’t stop
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Pre-Chorus: Dua Lipa
You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading

Chorus: Dua Lipa & DaBaby
I got you (Yeah), moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night (All night), come on, dance with me (Let’s go)
I’m levitating (Woo)

Post-Chorus: Dua Lipa
You can fly away with me tonight (Tonight)
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Take you for a ride)
I’m levitating (Woo)

You can fly away with me tonight (Tonight)
You can fly away with me tonight
Baby, let me take you for a ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Let me take you for a ride)

Chorus: Dua Lipa
I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating

Levitating “Dua Lipa Ft. DaBaby” Music Video

Levitating “Dua Lipa Ft. DaBaby” Image

About Levitating “Dua Lipa Ft. DaBaby”

Artist Dua Lipa
Featured Artist DaBaby
Album Future Nostalgia and Club Future Nostalgia
Release Date 13 August 2020
Length 3:23
Genre Dance, electro-disco, pop-funk, power pop, space rock
Label Warner Records
Songwriter(s) Dua Lipa, Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson, Stephen Kozmeniuk
Producer(s) Koz, Stuart Price
Format Digital download, Streaming
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