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Dua Lipa's 'Radical Optimism' is loaded with hyper-catchy bangers

<em>Radical Optimism</em> is the latest album from Dua Lipa.
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Radical Optimism is the latest album from Dua Lipa.

The British singer Dua Lipa has become one of the world's biggest pop stars. Now, she's back with Radical Optimism, a sort of concept record about moving through life with a more mature and constructive attitude. But it's also a pretty straightforward collection of grievance-free, hyper-catchy bangers.

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