Dua Lipa teases 'One Day' music video with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy following Albania map controversy
Dua Lipa sparked controversy after she posted a map of Albania, but has bounced straight back with an announcement of a new Latin-charged music video
Dua Lipa, whose parents are from Kosovar in Albania, is getting involved in cultures outside of her British heritage, but it isn't sitting well with many Albanians. The singer recently sparked controversy after posting a map of her mother country Albania. She was accused of favoring Albanian expansionism on posting the map, which forms part of hard-line nationalist dreams of creating a Greater Albania that would incorporate all ethnic Albanians.
She later issued a statement on Instagram and said her "previous post was never meant to incite any hate". She added, "It makes me sad and angry that my post has been wilfully misinterpreted by some groups and individuals who promote ethnic separatism, something I completely reject."
"Whenever I post about Kosovo, my feed goes crazy, even if it's about something as joyful as food or music, and I am met with a fierce resistance to the idea of an authentic Kosovan culture," she said. She concluded her statement on a positive note, saying, "I simply want my country to be represented on a map and to be able to speak with pride and joy about my Albanian roots and my mother country. I encourage everyone to embrace their heritage and to listen and learn from each other. Peace, love and respect to all."
After her apology, it seems Lipa isn't fazed by the criticism as she has teased a track with popular Latin artists. Dua Lipa, J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy are all joining together for their upcoming mega collaboration 'Un Dia (One Day)'. The new track was announced on July 21 and is scheduled for release on July 23 at 8 pm EST.
Lipa teased a snippet from the official music video of the new track on her Instagram. The video is directed by Stillz, who has worked on numerous Bad Bunny videos, executive produced by Neon 16 and will star Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó. In the teaser clip, we see various imagery and settings including an underwater statue, fireworks over a field, two people holding hands while engulfed in flames and a portal that disappears just before the video ends. Musically, we are teased with only a few bars of music which include choir synth and a sublimely melancholic piano melody.
Fans on Twitter are losing their minds over the new song, claiming "BOP ALREADY YES" and "SMASH HIT COMING TO END EVERYONE." One fan said, "Incoming Grammy in 3 2 1." Among numerous gifs and comments with love for Dua Lipa, fans are also calling her "PRINCESS OF POP" and saying, "Dua Lipa is unstoppable we love to see the rising pop queen." Fans are also loving the mix of artists who are collaborating. One fan said, "When worlds collide", while another wrote, "THE DREAM TEAM."
'Un Dia (One Day)' will mark Lipa's first time working with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy as well as her first Latin-inspired track.
For J Balvin and Bad Bunny, this will be one of many times the two have collaborated together. The pair has released an entire collaborative studio album titled 'Oasis', which released in June 2019 and it was produced by Tainy. The album was certified Platinum twice by the RIAA and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. Balvin and Bunny have worked on numerous singles together including 'Sensualidad' with Prince Royce while featuring Mambo Kingz and DJ Luian, 'I Like It' with Cardi B, 'Que Pretendes', 'La Canción' — remix of the Jhay Cortez track 'No Me Conoce', the remix of Bad Bunny's 'Soy Peor' featuring Ozuna and Arcángel and many more. As a producer and songwriter, Tainy has worked with both Bad Bunny and J Balvin numerous times as well.