Dua Lipa says her second album is inspired by Prince and Outkast

The singer-songwriter started working on the follow-up to her debut in January.

Dua Lipa has revealed that Prince is one of the big inspirations behind her next album.

Updating fans on the progress on the follow-up to her self-titled debut, Dua told NME that she started work on the record "at the beginning of the year" and fans can expect to hear the material in 2019. 

"I guess when I’m touring it’s quite tricky to find time to write but I’ll be writing a lot again during the middle and end of this year," she said. "I’ve got some surprises coming this year but I’ll try and put out my own new music next year."

"It’s pop but it has some diverse sounds," she said of the album's style. "I’m trying not to stray too far away from my sound which I have described as 'dance crying' for a while. You can dance to a lot of the songs but if you listen to the lyrics they come from quite a place of heartbreak."

"It has throwback elements, too," she continued. "I’ve been listening to a lot of Outkast and Prince and things sonically I’m such a fan off so I’m just trying to take that and put it together with pop."

Dua is currently at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with Calvin Harris collaboration One Kiss, but it doesn't sound as if it will be long until we get new Dua music; Diplo recently announced he plans to release a track featuring the singer and Mark Ronson this summer.

Dua's debut album is currently the UK's biggest album by a female artist of the 2018. Check out the Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far in full.