Dua Lipa has one major priority for 2019, and that’s to give us her anticipated sophomore album, which has been in the works since the release of her 2017 self-titled debut. While we patiently await what’s to come from round II, the “New Rules” hit-maker has blessed us with a brand new single called, “Swan Song“!
Taken from the soundtrack to the upcoming James Cameron-produced movie Alita: Battle Angel, “Swan Song” is far from being a final statement – it’s a defiant number lined with intricate, rumbling percussion. “I won’t stay quiet, I won’t stay quiet/ ‘Cause staying silent’s the same as dying/ I won’t stay quiet, the flicker’s burning low,” Dua sings, before powerfully declaring that “this is not a/ this is not a/ swan song!“
It’s a not so expected take on a self-empowerment anthem, and for that I must give it credit. Dua just knows the how to give a song that extra edge, and this is certainly no exception.
The song comes accompanied with a music video directed by Floria Sigismondi, set in a dystopian world inspired by Alita. “While in the film Alita is quite literally on a journey to discover who she is, her story serves as a really powerful allegory for any girl who doesn’t yet know her own power,” Floria said in a statement. “I wanted to play with that same profound notion by dropping Dua into a facet of Alita‘s world and allowing Alita to serve as a surrogate that leads her on a journey to discover she’s stronger than she ever could have imagined.”