February 9, 2018


Dua Lipa's 'High' Song From 'Fifty Shades Freed' Finds Her In Unexpected Musical Territory—And It Works

Dua Lipa already proved herself to be an artist to watch with her bold self-titled debut album last summer, and the British singer is continuing her momentum that will surely transform her into a superstar.

She teamed up with rising 18-year-old Chicago producer Whethan for "High," one of the immediate standouts on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtracks. Dua tries out a new sound for size, which is refreshingly different from anything that she's ever done thus far. Whethan's unfussy production warps, stomps and jolts on the track that is elevated by Dua's commanding vocals. But instead of projecting her signature husky voice, she squeals and allows her voice to break in a style that is reminiscent of a young ...Baby One More Time Britney Spears. It's darker than the militant "IDGAF," more sparse than quirky, house-inspired "New Rules" and emotionally colder than the dreamy "Lost In Your Light." The change is risky but it works, and it shows how much of a musical chameleon she is becoming.

"I wanted to go in a new direction with this song and I think it show's more of my alternative side," Whethan explained to The FADER. "I've been influenced by a lot of alternative and bedroom pop lately, so It's exciting for me to start to show this new style. This is the first time I've had my song in a movie and I've been waiting for this one to come out for a long time, I hope you're as excited as I am." The producer teaming up with Dua was a wise choice, as the final product of "High" will be the song everyone will be running back to on the movie's soundtrack.

Along with "High," Fifty Shades Freed also features Rita Ora and Liam Payne’s “For You" duet, Hailee Steinfeld’s “Capital Letters,” and Julia Michaels’s “Heaven.” The movie is in theaters beginning today (Feb. 9). Next up, watch Dua Lipa's friend Martin Garrix break down their "Scared to Be Lonely" collaboration with Fuse: