Year In Review: 2020 – The Year That Made Dua Lipa

Published: Tuesday 29th Dec 2020 by Rashad

Whether penciled in history books for reasons good, bad, ugly, and/or everything in between, 2020 brought with it some of entertainment’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, That Grape Juice is reflecting on our favorite moments that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop cultural landscape as we know it.

Next, we look back on the year that catapulted Dua Lipa into superstardom.

Few music stars can boast having a better 2020 than Dua Lipa.

Granted, the GRAMMY winner was already a fairly established name in Pop at the year’s onset thanks to previous Platinum smashes found aboard her self-titled debut album as well as prominent features on the hits of DJs and EDM producers.  Little did music lovers know, those modest achievements would be the calm before the storm.

Evidence of this came via ‘Don’t Start Now’ – the blazing lead single from her sophomore effort, ‘Future Nostalgia.’  Not only did the song reach the highest Hot 100 rung of any Lipa single to date, but – at 3x Platinum – it also became her second most RIAA certified hit (following the 5x Platinum status of her 2017 breakout hit, ‘New Rules’).

Chart Check [Hot 100]: Dua Lipa Slips Out of Top 10 One Week Shy of Making History

The popularity of ‘Don’t Start,’ as well as subsequent hit singles ‘Physical,’ ‘Break My Heart,’ and ‘Levitating,’ helped power ‘Future Nostalgia’ to #1 on U.K. charts and #4 on U.S. charts respectively.  Both album chart placements are career peaks for the Pop diva.

Beyond premiere positions, ‘Future Nostalgia’ enjoyed buoyancy on both sides of the pond thanks to ‘Club Future Nostalgia’ (a star-studded re-release that featured Queen of Pop Madonna, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, and more) and an aggressive promo schedule that saw Lipa tackle late nite TV, magazines, Web-based programs, and several music-related award show of the year (American Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, Los40 Music Awards, and more).  It’s arguable the album was easily the most promoted music project of the year.


By the time the year drew to close, she was receiving honors from the likes of Billboard for the major moves she’d made over the year.

Thanks to her enduring efforts, ‘Future Nostalgia’ is certified Gold in both the U.K. and U.S.

And, as far as 2021 and 2022 go, the Queen of Neo-Disco has already informed us she plans to “milk the album” with even more songs and videos via another re-release.

Dua Lipa Confirms ‘Future Nostalgia’ Side B Album For 2021


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  1. Incognito December 30, 2020

    Future Nostalgia is one of the best album of the year to me, each song could be released as a single. The remix album is amazing too, thanks to her I found a very old song (1985) that i was looking for since 30 years! “Moments in love” by Art of Noise.

    • POPS Muva December 30, 2020

      I’m truly shocked by album sales (barely gold) yet so much acclaim. I think she released one of the best albums of the year but I guess people are not checking for her.

    • Incognito December 30, 2020

      I’m shocked too, she deserves so much more for that brilliant project she gave us.

  2. Incognito December 30, 2020

    She said she will release videos for other songs from the album and i’m here for it. The Levitating video is iconic, I wish for “Good in Bed” and “Love Again” to receive the same treatment, that would be amazing. I’m very proud of her, she did find an identity/sound and I litteraly DON’T CARE about what haters can say about payola or I don’t know what, who cares? I’m not a fan of music for sale numbers, I love music because it’s made for HEARING and I like what i listen to, period.

    • Shayla Queen 👑 December 30, 2020

      I want a video for Hallucinate 🔥

      • Incognito December 30, 2020

        Me too 👍 the animed one was fun but a real video would be amazing 👌 in fact I would love to watch a video for every track 😀 💖

  3. Incognito December 30, 2020

    You can’t blame an artist for using strategy to sell more, this is part of the job, anyone would do the same.

  4. Flopyonce December 30, 2020

    If only her sales would reflect that superstardom you are speaking of.

    • POPS Muva December 30, 2020

      my thoughts exactly.

  5. POPS Muva December 30, 2020

    it’s all fun and games until you find out she was everywhere, promoted this album, made a remix album and released so many visuals for Future Nostalgia to only barely reach GOLD in the U.S.. that was shocking

  6. Clarks0o0ñ December 30, 2020

    Payola can never give u sales

    How many “hits” does she have from this album and the album is just reaching gold status after how many months?



    Camila’s romance was called a flop but it was certified platinum some 5 months after release.

    • Fancy BISH December 30, 2020

      Camila’s Bromance is a fat flop on every period 😂 The added Shawn track was the only reason she saw something lmaoooo…every main song tanked! 💯 Nobody cared except you 🤣 Once again, shading Dua when she’s clearly not the problem hunnie! 😎🤳🏽

      • Clarks0o0ñ December 30, 2020

        Sales from senorita has already been counted on shawn’s album, so it cant be counted on Camila’s album

        We’ve had this conversation before.

        Romance outpeaked future nostalgia
        Romance has outsold future nostalgia

        Payola can never give u sales.
        Dua is the queen of payola and her poor album sales are a true reflection of that.

        Romance will be 2 times platinum in July 2021
        Cry about it

    • Incognito December 30, 2020

      You’re right, payola can’t buy sales but the girl deserves much more than that Gold statu which is already great but she deserves more than that, especially after the huge hits she served because the quality is here, the whole project is amazing.

      I personaly don’t think Camila’s album was a flop plus she gave a great body of work too! But you know that haters will always have something to say… I never understood why people feel the need to shot down an artist like that. As I always say, chart positions and sale numbers don’t reflect the quality of a project but some people need that to have some interest in any artist and I think it’s sad because I know a lot of underrated artist who are creating such an amazing music but it’s too bad that they keep on being ignored because of that.

      Sorry if I make a lot of spelling mistakes, I’m not english but I try to express myself the best that I can.

      • Fancy BISH December 30, 2020

        Your English is great! 💯 But yes, Miss Thing’s album was a certified flop, from the meh music to the failed tour, expensive videos, everything lol…they really tried but it ended up being a real snooze…and trust, there is nothing there to come back and explore for any underrated or cult status lmao…Dua’s album has that cult favorite feel already! 🤳🏽And her virtual concert was a smashing success, critical acclaim, everything 🔥 Clarkson has TRIED to diminish Dua, but only made that other girl’s candle go out lol 🕯

      • Shayla Queen 👑 December 30, 2020

        I agree. Your English is great. You put your points across well also.

      • Incognito December 30, 2020

        Thank you Fancy and Shayla, I really do appreciate your answers. I didn’t want to clash anyone here in the first place but it’s always hard for me to watch some artists being shot down for free but I know it’s in the air if you see what I mean, we are getting used to that and I understand that sometimes you can get caught in the game.

        I’m watching you all for a while (I do like this website) and I can tell all of you are very dedicated to your favorite artists. I really do appreciate that, I just wish some war of fans could be less agressive sometimes because this world is already too hard and shity but I do understand that sometimes it’s hard to keep it cool, i’m a living proof ^^

        Shayla, my sincere apologies for being so rude with you 🙏 I’m pretty sure you are such a good mom and I wish all the best to you and your baby. You were right somehow, I shouldn’t have been so hard and play it kind, hoping it would inspire everyone to speak softer and that’s what I will do now, no more clash no matter what I read.

        Fancy, my sincere apologies too because when you wrote to us (me and Shayla), I was pissed off because of the clash we had before and I shouldn’t have answered to you with such an aggressive way, you didn’t attack us in the first place and you didn’t deserve to be assaulted (although nobody should deserves it). Aggressivity is contagious but it’s not an excuse for hurting anyone so i’m sorry 🙏

      • Shayla Queen 👑 December 30, 2020

        No need to be sorry, I’m a b**** sometimes, I know I am 😂 I’m sorry too. And thanks for the kind words, appreciate it 😘

      • Incognito December 30, 2020

        My bad, it wasn’t Fancy that replied to us gently and I’ve been hard to but UHoesFunny so if you read that, my apologies to you too.

        Shayla: let’s forget about that beef we had, I’ve been acting like a b**** too 🌹😘

    • Incognito December 30, 2020

      Fancy Bish : do you still think I am Clarkson? I hope you do realise how wrong we were the last time we talked. We clearly don’t write in the same way, you’ll never see me shade any artist about their chart positions or sale numbers. The one thing that I like about Clarkson is that he knows exactly what he’s talking about when it comes to his favorite artist, he’s really dedicated.

      • Fancy BISH December 30, 2020

        Listen, if you say you’re not Clarkmila then I certainly believe you, because who would WANT to be Clarkson lmaooooo…I mean, let’s be REAL 😂 🤳🏽 I enjoyed your recent comments, here and in other articles 💯

      • Incognito December 30, 2020

        I’m pretty sure all of you are good people, even Clarkson. You all are very dedicated to your favorites and it’s always pleasant to see. I think it’s just a war of nerves, Camila takes so much negative comments that I can understand why he’s acting this way (and that’s what we all do when someone is shooting our favorite, me first) but we can all do better for sure and, just like i’m about to do for the future, he should play it softer and not fueling fire by acting the same way with other artists like Dua. Like they say in my country “it’s the serpent biting its tail.” if you see what it means, but don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with sharing our feelings about a song or an album, even if you don’t like it but we shouldn’t forget that it’s always and only our own opinion.

        I’m happy that we can have a nice conversation in the end, thank you.

        PS: sorry if I seem to talk like a 80 yo, i’m just 34 😅 I must admit i’m the oversentive type and I would like to save the world from all bad things and protect everyone against bad energy when I know I can’t so I’m trying to make it better on my little way. I’m anything but perfect, trust me, i’m a mess in many ways and I do fail like everyone but I will always try my best to be better.

  7. Jake December 30, 2020

    It’s funny people keep mentioning Future Nostalgia sales when the album literally sold more than 500k in the U.S . If the album sells 1 million or more next year then it will be platinum in the U.S. According to Hits Daily Double the album has sold 889,000. Platinum status is on its way. It’s funny the haters keep mentioning barely Gold. Dua will have the last laugh let’s see who will will more Grammys 2021. Expect the unexpected January 31st 2021 lol read the article below for the sales.

    • Incognito December 31, 2020

      Absolutely! Thank you 🙏🌹

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