The singer, who performed at the Champions League final at the weekend, says she won’t use the success of her breakout single to dictate her future. Speaking to Music News LIVE ahead of her performance, Dua said she has been working on new music with hit-maker to the stars, Swedish producer Max Martin. “I have a few more surprises that I’m excited about, at the top of the year I wrote in Jamaica and Los Angeles,” she said.
“When I was in Jamaica, it rained quite a lot and helped with the songwriting, on the days when it was sunny I went to the beach, which tells you everything you need to now about my focus when the sun is out. “But in Los Angeles, I got to work with Max [who has worked with artists like Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and NSYNC] and that was so exciting and I was 100% focused on the studio.”
While we’ll have to wait to hear the fruits of those sessions, her track New Rules recently passed one billion views on YouTube, making her the youngest female solo artists to hit that benchmark. But Dua says she remains wary about letting its success define her career expectations.
“No-one expected New Rules to do what it did and I’m so grateful for the opportunities its given me. But if I were to use that as a benchmark, I feel it would be the death of creativity. I want to make music that I’m proud of and that hopefully people can relate to. “I don’t really want to allow the crazy, crazy success of it to define what the rest of the music I make will sound like.”