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Back in February, English singer Dua Lipa brought her empowering pop anthem “IDGAF” to the BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Now, her feisty hit single has been given another Live Lounge treatment, but this time, it’s courtesy of pop-punk icons Panic! At the Disco.
While visiting the Live Lounge yesterday, lead singer Brendon Urie and company busted out into an unlikely but appropriately sassy cover of Lipa’s “IDGAF,” complete with Urie’s classic soaring falsetto. Check it out below.
The cover sees Panic! At The Disco swap out Lipa’s edgy pop sound for Urie’s velvety distinct vocals. For years, Urie has been known for his unwavering vocals and with this cover, his voice seems to have no bounds. But fans aren’t the only ones who approve. Lipa herself was quick to share her love of the alternative cover via Twitter.
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) May 29, 2018
Panic! At The Disco are no strangers to the Live Lounge and pop covers, having previously performed a version of The Weeknd’s “Starboy” in a session during their Death Of A Bachelor tour back in 2016.
As well as covering “IDGAF,” the band also performed a live, stripped down version of their recent single ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)” off their forthcoming sixth studio album Pray for the Wicked.
The Nevada-bred band is currently gearing up for the release Pray For The Wicked, having dropped three singles so far: “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, “(Fuck A) Silver Lining”, and, most recently, “High Hopes”—an upbeat, alt-rock track featuring catchy hooks over grooves of synth-strings that sit somewhere between new age rock and electronica.
These singles of aspirational lyrics coupled with punchy horns, strings, and rolling musical drops sound vastly different from what you might remember of the early Panic! At the Disco days. Gone are their relentless punk-rock jams, substituted for a more grown-up, brassy bombast vibe like that of 2008’s Pretty Odd. The band’s new LP will follow 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., and earned the group a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.
Panic! At the Disco will embark on a North American Tour this summer in support of Pray For the Wicked that includes two Canadian stops in Toronto on July 22 and Vancouver on August 11.
Pray For the Wicked is set to be released June 22.