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"Levitating"
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song by Dua Lipa
from the album Future Nostalgia
Released 27 March 2020
Format Digital download
Streaming
Genre Electro-disco
Space rock
Dance-rock
Power pop
Length 3:23
Label Warner
Songwriter(s) Dua Lipa
Clarence Coffee Jr.
Sarah Hudson
Stephen Kozmeniuk
Producer Koz
Stuart Price
Singles chronology
Levitating
(27 March 2020)

"Levitating" is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album Future Nostalgia (2020), where it serves as the album's fifth track.

Background

"Levitating" was written in a studio session between Lipa, Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson and Stephen Kozmeniuk where they were inspired by ordering doughnuts and "levitating" because of how much sugar they had.

Lipa stated that the song helped dictate what the rest of Future Nostalgia would sound like and it was the first time where "everything made sense" and where she captured both the "future" and "nostalgia" elements.

Composition

"Levitating" is an electro-disco, space rock, dance-rock and power pop song that contains elements of 90s R&B. The song was composed in the key of F♯ minor with a tempo of 103 beats per minute. It has many outer space references as well as a Blondie influenced rap in the bridge.

The song features "lush" verses and "electrifying" choruses, described as "euphoric," "utterly blissful," and "straight-out-of-the-‘90s". It's production includes "bizarre" and "wonky" synths, a rubbery bassline, syncopated handclaps, "funky" guitars, talkbox vocals, "funky" synth-beats, disco strings, "funky" riffs, vocoder-heaving backing vocals, "campy" disco trobes and a "squelchy" bass.

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.

  • Dua Lipa – vocals, songwriting
  • Koz – production, vocal production, songwriting, bass, drums, guitar, synthesizer
  • Stuart Price – production, bass, drum programming, keyboards
  • Clarence Coffee Jr. – songwriting, backing vocals
  • Sarah Hudson – songwriting, backing vocals
  • Paul Phamous – backing vocals
  • Todd Clark – backing vocals
  • Russell Graham – keyboards
  • Bosko Electrospit Kante – talkbox
  • Lorna Blackwood – additional vocal recording engineering, programming
  • Matt Snell – engineering
  • Phil Hotz – assistant engineering
  • Cameron Gower Poole – vocal engineering
  • Josh Gudwin – mixing
  • Elijah Marrett-Hitch – assistant mixing
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering

Charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Greece (IFPI) 97
Hungary (Single Top 40) 29
Lithuania (AGATA) 41
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) 6
Portugal (AFP) 83
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 62
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 71
  UK Streaming (Official Charts Company)   51

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Various 27 March 2020 Digital download
Streaming
Warner


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