Meaning of “New Rules” by Dua Lipa

“New Rules” is a song by English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa. The lyrics of the song are basically about going away from a former lover. Speaking with the BBC, Lipa said the song’s lyrics are about setting a set of rules for herself that would allow her keep her distance from someone (an ex) that isn’t good for you.

But are the lyrics of “New Rules” autobiographical?

Lipa hasn’t yet stated whether the lyrics were inspired by a real breakup or not. However, she once stated that she wished she had this song at a point in her life when she broke up from an ex.

What are the set of rules adopted by Lipa to get away ?

According to Lipa, the new rules are 3 in total. And they are as follows:

  • Don’t answer his calls.
  • Don’t allow him in.
  • Never be his friend.


Facts about “New Rules”

  • “New Rules” was written by songwriters Emily Warren, Caroline Ailin, and Ian Kirkpatrick. Both Warren and Kirkpatrick are both renowned songwriters who have written for such high-profile artists, including Sean Paul, Chris Brown, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, and more.
  • Lipa didn’t contribute to the song’s writing process and therefore didn’t receive any writing credit. This therefore answers the question above as to whether the lyrics of the song are autobiographical or not.
  • The song’s production was handled by Kirkpatrick, one of the co-writers of the song.
  • “New Rules” was officially released on July 21st 2017 as the sixth single from Lipa’s debut studio album titled Dua Lipa.
  • The music video of the song, which was directed by music video director Henry Scholfield, was shot at The Confidante Miami Beach, in Miami Beach. It is worth noting that Scholfield also directed the music video of Lipa’s single “IDGAF“.
  • “New Rules” performed well in many countries all over the world. The song peaked at number 1 in Belgium, Israel, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Romania, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 6.
  • New Rules is Lipa’s first single of her career to reach number one in the United Kingdom.


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