Dua Lipa Says Buying Back Her Publishing Rights Made Her Feel in Control

Dua Lipa recently opened up about her decision to buy back the publishing rights to her music catalogue in a candid interview.

For Lipa, this move is not just a business decision; it’s a statement about autonomy and ownership in an industry that often sees artists relinquishing control. The three-time Grammy winner emphasized the importance of understanding the business side of music, especially for young artists entering the scene. She said, “It’s my life’s work, so it’s good to be the person to say what happens with it.”

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When asked if Taylor Swift’s similar move served as inspiration, Lipa acknowledged the impact on raising awareness about the need for legal counsel in the industry. However, she clarified that her motivation was rooted in a personal desire to have her entire catalogue under her own company, a venture she initiated this year, encompassing publishing and a production company. 

The announcement was made by TaP Music Publishing that they sold back Lipa’s publishing rights on 2nd November. Having initially signed with TaP management in 2013 and parting ways in 2022, Lipa is now steering her ship, managed by none other than her father, Dukagjin Lipa.

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With two Grammy nominations for 2024, Lipa is riding high on the success of her song ‘Dance the Night,’ featured on the ‘Barbie’ soundtrack. The pop singer is nominated for both ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Song Written for Visual Media.’

As she launches her latest single, ‘Houdini,’ Lipa is eager to dive into the next chapter of her musical journey. Speaking at Variety’s Power of Women event, she expressed her thrill at the overwhelming response to the song. The anticipation for her upcoming album, slated for release next year, is palpable, though Lipa remains tight-lipped about specific plans.

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Beyond music, Dua Lipa is making waves in the film industry. Her cameo in the highest-grossing film of the year, ‘Barbie,’ alongside Margot Robbie, has not only earned her accolades but also a Grammy nomination for her original song from the soundtrack. Lipa’s involvement in the film goes beyond the screen, as she presented the ‘Producer of the Year’ award at Variety’s Power of Women event.

Teasing her upcoming role in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Argylle,’ Lipa shared her excitement about the experience. The spy ensemble action film, set to hit theatres in February 2024, showcases Lipa in a different light, focusing solely on her acting chops. No music for this one, she insists, highlighting her dedication to exploring diverse facets of her artistic expression.

-Britney Jones