Dua Lipa – Training Season

Everything about love has been sung, and more than once, but Dua Lipa’s “Training Season” offers a fresh perspective to dating. More catchy than “Houdini” – the lead single from her third studio album – “Training Season” describes a situation where you’re fed up with dating men who need you to tell them how to treat you right. For once, Lipa would like her Mr. Right to act right without ever needing to be told. And she makes her point perfectly clear alongside a powerful disco beat that kinda reminds me of ABBA’s glory days.

For some reason, knowing the inspiration and motivation behind a song never fails to thrill – I mean, it’s part of why Taylor Swift is such a humongous superstar, isn’t it? – and I feel like “Training Season” offers Lipa her own version of “We are never ever getting back together,” if you get what I mean.

Speaking on the song via a press release, Lipa said: “I had been on a string of bad dates, and the last one was the final straw. The next morning I arrived to the studio to Caroline and Tobias asking me how it all went and I immediately declared “TRAINING SEASON IS OVER,” and like the best “day after” debriefs with your mates, we had a lot of laughs and it all quickly came together from there.

“And while it is obviously about that feeling when you are just absolutely done telling people… men specifically in this case, how to date you right; it is also about my training season being over and me growing with every experience. I have never felt more confident, clear or empowered. And while it may be that training season is never over for any of us, you start to see the beauty in finding that person to experience it with. You stop looking for the trainees and become more interested in having someone where you are and someone to grow with.”

The accompanying music video speaks to this desire to move forward from the “trainees,” as it opens to several voice messages from men begging Lipa for a second chance. As Lipa sits alone in the cafe, men compete for her attention, but she doesn’t give them the time of day. This leads to dizzying chaos, which the singer gracefully doesn’t mind.

Lipa first premiered the song during 2024’s Grammy Awards, where she performed it alongside her smash lead single, “Houdini.“ Lipa also released an extended, instrumental, and acapella version in conjunction with the official single.