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The brand new Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack was probably just as highly anticipated as Fifty Shades Freed itself. And for good reason—Hailee Steinfeld, Rita Ora, Julia Michaels all lent their voices to the sultry album, and we can now add rising pop icon Dua Lipa to that list.
“High,” Dua Lipa’s contribution to the Fifty Shades soundtrack, dropped earlier this week, and it’s unsurprisingly full of poppy, synthy goodness. In addition to showcasing her inimitable deep voice and experimenting with vocal texture (listen to that voice crack on the word “high,” y’all), Lipa used the track as an opportunity to work with up-and-coming Chicago music producer Whethan. Whethan has collaborated with Charli XCX and produced popular remixes of Lorde’s “Perfect Places” and Zayn’s “Pillow Talk,” but “High” marks one of his most high-profile projects to date.
According to an email Whethan wrote to The FADER, “High” was “influenced by a lot of alternative and bedroom pop.” Those influences are certainly apparent, as “High” is the steamiest song we’ve heard from Dua Lipa thus far. But despite Lipa’s temporary entry into the world of so-called “bedroom pop,” “High” is on par with “New Rules,” “Blow Your Mind,” IDGAF,” and all the other tracks that helped earn her a whopping five Brit Awards nominations this year, more than any other female artist in Brit Awards history.
Lipa, who is scheduled to perform at the Brit Awards ceremony on February 21, is up for British Album of the Year, British Single of the Year (for “New Rules”), British Video of the Year, British Female Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough Act alongside artists like Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne, and Little Mix. She was also recently nominated for an British LGBT Award in the ‘Top Music Artist’ category along with Frank Ocean, Kehlani, Pink, Tegan and Sara, and Troye Sivan.
Watch the Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Justin Timberlake, Foo Fighters and Stormzy perform at this year’s Brit Awards on February 21 at 10E/7P on Much.